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First test train China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran launched

The first similar container train launched on the China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway route proceeded from Turkmenistan to Iran, RIA Novosti reported Feb. 11.

The test journey is conducted for adjusting the regular transportation on this new railway route.

The train loaded with various goods left from the Chinese city of Iu at the end of January, passed the distance of 7,908 kilometers, crossed the territory of Kazakhstan and reached the Turkmen railway station of Serkhetyak (Border).

The Turkmen site of the new transnational railway route lies from Serkhetyak station to Serakhs on the Turkmen-Iranian border. This part is equal to 1,156 kilometers. As experts consider, the train will reach its terminal station in Iran’s capital – Tehran.

The total length of China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran route is about 10,000 kilometers, and the journey time is about two weeks.

The creation of such transport and transit corridor became possible after the construction of the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran international railway route. The road was opened in December 2014 with the participation of Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani.