Jordan Hijaz Railway Corporation
Al-Hejaz railway is considered to be one of the landmarks of our heritage that are related to the modern history of
A Historic Brief
In the past, the journeys of convoys of pilgrims on camels from
In September 1990, Sultan Abd-al-Hamid called upon Muslims all around the world to collect donations for building a railroad between
The cost of the project was estimated to be five million Ottoman golden liras and they were collected as follows:
2. Ottoman state revenues from:
· Selling stamps
· Phosphate near al-Salt
· Mineral water in the Himmah area
3. The Ottoman government also imposed a special railroad tax on all citizens.
Also the following factors contributed to reducing the project’s expenses:
1. The army members were employed in building the project.
2. Several volunteers participated in the building process.
The project also faced many difficulties including:
1. Bedouin attacks in the southern areas (who rejected the project).
2. High temperatures.
3. The diseases that affected workers.
The project started by building a narrow railway (105 cm) at an axial weight of (10.5 tons). Next to it there was a wired communication line connecting
1. Muzeireeb branch Der’a September 1901
2. Der’a branch Zarqa September 1902
3. Zarqa branch
5. Ma’an branch Tabouk End of 1906
6. Tabouk branch Mada’en Saleh September 1907
7. Mada’en Saleh branch
Therefore, the year 1909 witnessed the start of a new era for transporting pilgrims and passengers away from epidemics and hardships, where (147478) passengers were transported.
As World War I started in 1914, the aims and the political, economic and strategic considerations that played a major role in making the decision of establishing the new Hejaz railway became clear. Those aims and considerations included facilitating the movement of Ottoman troops to the west side of the
When the Hashemite Sharif Hussein Bin Ali (God rest his soul) fired the first bullet of the Great Arab Revolution on June 10th, 1916 declaring the start of a new era in the Arab evolution, the railway was targeted by revolutionaries especially in those areas to the south and north of the Ma’an station to obstruct the movement of the Ottoman forces.
· The following administrations ran the railway in succession:
· Turkish administration: From 1900 to 1917
· The administration of the British mandate over
· The Jordanian Arab Army administration from 1948 to 1950
· The Jordanian civil administration from 1950 to 1952
In 1952 the Jordan Hejaz Railway Corporation was established and is running and investing the properties of the railway up to this day within Jordanian territories.
1. To run and invest the properties of the Hejaz railway.
2. To preserve the properties of the Hejaz railway.
3. To guarantee that the trains are in motion on the railway.
4. One of the future aims that the Corporation’s administration has set for implementation is the reactivation of the Hejaz railway. This is done by exploiting the Corporation’s stations according to their nature (whether commercial, tourist or for serving the local community), in cooperation with the municipalities of the cities where those stations are located. These activities include:
· Establishing a museum at the
· An agreement was made with Al-Mafraq municipality to set up a park and restaurant at Al- Mafraq station to serve both domestic and foreign tourism.
· Ideas and visualizations were set for the building of a restaurant and some entertainment and tourist services at the stations of Al-Jizah and Al-Qatranah.
· There are some serious inclinations toward creating an Islamic panorama on a piece of land adjacent to Al-Jizah station (near
Working Stations on the Jordan Hejaz Railway
· The Hejaz railway extends from the Jordanian-Syrian borders at Km. 138+500 to the Abiad Station at Km. 353, with an approximate length of 215 Km.
· The width of the railway is 105 cm.
· The length of the iron bar used is 9 meters and its weight is 21 kg/meter of length.
· The railway zone consists of the length of the railway and a width of 15 meters on each side from the mid point of the track, and includes the extension length of the railway over a width of 15 meters from each side starting at the mid point of the railway, except for the stations, where the zone consists of the width of 50 meters from each side of the main railway, over a length of 500 meters.
· The railway is divided into stations. At each station there is a maintenance team whose job is to maintain a specific section of the railway.
Name of Station Telephone number
· Al-Mafraq 02 623 1441
· Al-Zarqua’ 05 398 2303
· Al-Qasr 06 474 0818
· Al-Jizah 06 446 0124
· Al-Qatranah 03 239 4072
- PO Box
- Amman- al-Mahatta, opposite to the Post Office, King Abdullah Street.
- 4895413 6 ( 962 ) 4895414 6 ( 962 )
- ZIP Code