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Abandoned Rolling Stock at Medina Station

Updated: Jun 11, 2023


Hartmann 2-8-0 German locomotive at Medina ( Madinah ) Station on the Hejaz Railway in Saudi Arabia
German-built Hartmann 2-8-0 at Medina Station

German Hartmann 2-6-0 at Medina (Madinah) Station on the Hejaz Railway in Saudi Arabia
Hartmann 2-6-0 in the engine shed



German Hartmann 2-6-0 at Medina (Madinah) Station on the Hejaz Railway in Saudi Arabia
Hartmann 2-6-0 after restoration

German-built Hartmann 2-8-0 with a line of derelict carriages and wagons abandoned at Medina Station when the Hejaz Railway fell into disuse in 1925. At the end of the First World War, the line had been patched up and put back into use and a few trains had run all the way from Damascus to the southern terminus of Medina. The track however, was in very poor condition and the journey took 12 days, instead of the four prior to the war, with constant repair work having to be carried out to keep the track open. Heavy winter rains in the winter of 1925 finally rendered the southern section of the line permanently inoperable. Follow the link for more information on the rolling stock of the Hejaz Railway


In 2004 a project for the restoration of Medina Station was undertaken. The renovation work covered all the main buildings of the depot. Six locomotives and a number of carriages, wagons and flatbed trucks were found at the station and were included in the renovation work. A Hartmann 2-6-0, abandoned in the engine shed, was restored to its former glory.


Read more about Medina Station in the Route Guide.




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