According to the Ottoman State Year Books
and "Stations on the Most Exalted Pilgrimage" the stations
along the route from Maan to Madawera where almost all simple
water holes and caravan camping sites devoid of permanent settlement
where local nomads were recorded as to congregate during the
Pilgrimage season to barter for food and other goods with the
pilgrims. It was only natural that most of the railway outposts
/ fuel depots should be built at such locations where water was
present. Today a more modern station is built to serve the mining
trains that pass by.
Note: There has been some confusion over how
this station should be listed since the modern rail line has
been established to move mining materials south to Aqaba port.
According to Harl Evan it is not on the Aqaba line, but on the
main Hejaz line, and is the next station after Bir Chedieh station.
Aqaba Hejaz station on 13th May 2017.
Seen here is an ARC empty phosphate train waiting to enter the
El Shidiye phosphate mine branch. Credit: Harel Even