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11/8/06

8th International Railway Transportation Conference begins in Tehran

Tehran, Nov 7, IRNA-Minister of Roads and Transportation Mohammad Rahmati on Tuesday inaugurated the Eighth International Railway Transportation Conference. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, he expressed hope that Iran will make use of high-speed train in its railway network in line with its development plans.

Referring to Tehran-Isfahan high-speed train service becoming operational for the first time in the country, he added that specialists found the west corridor more appropriate than other railroads.

Trains with speeds of 250 kilometers per hour will traverse the Tehran-Isfahan rail route in two to two-and-a-half hours, he added.

Touching on domestic companies' capabilities to provide equipment and spare parts of railway facilities, he added that while Wagon Pars Company meets domestic requirements, Railway Company and Raja should improve their capacity in this respect.

He appreciated the organizers of the exhibition, and underlined the need to increase engineering and research centers' capacity in line with the country's development in railway industry.

For his part, deputy minister of transportation and managing director of Railway Company, Mohammad Saiednejad underlined the need to increase officials' support for the industry.

He added, "In line with creating balance between transportation and railway development, we should construct 7,500 kilometers of railroad in 10 years." Comparing state investments in producing railway equipment as well as in the car manufacturing industry, he called for further investment in the railway sector.

The two-day conference is sponsored by Railway Transportation Engineering Association in cooperation with Transportation Ministry, Transportation Infrastructure Development Company, Iran Railway Company, Raja Company and other railway associations.

A number of experts from Germany, Austria, Ukraine, China and France are also participating in the event.

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