Romanian builder's plate under the logo of the Iranian Railways
This prime mover is undergoing significant repairs
LDE 626: 10 units numbered 60-351 – 360, built in Romania in 1986 by Electroputere Craiova, ALCO-251 powered, all retired and waiting for an unlikely sale in Bafq.
Remains of a wrecked U30C: a victim of the harsh desert?
Almost all tracks in front of the Bafq passenger station are filled with unit trains. A majority of them trasnport ore, and of course there is an oil train, ubiquitous in Iran.
In this workshop of the Bafq locomotive maintenance centre, the RAI entirely rebuilds the prime movers of ageing GE U30C.
Sleek modern noses of the 2000's are much less attractive to the railfan than older noses of American engines. But what do railroaders think of these differences, i... (more)
Tough desert warrior
In the light maintenance hall of the Bafq locomotive depot, here is one of the Alborz-Niroo engines. They were purchased second hand from South Korea where they spent the first part of their life.... (more)
A G8 built in 1959 shunts a GE U30C in bad shape into the main workshop of the Bafq maintenance centre where it will be entirely rebuilt.