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History of the Hejaz Railway:

The Hejaz Railway (also spelled Hedjaz) was originally built to transport pilgrims from the city of Damascus in Syria to the city of Madina in Saudi Arabia. It was completed in 1908, but was severely …

Hejaz Photos #1 - Construction:

These photos are from the earliest days of the Hejaz railway, many taken during construction. 1903-1909

Maps and Stations:

Maps of the Hejaz Railroad Note: Regarding Map: Saudi Railway.gif (Halet Amm’ar to Madina Station) The names of 41 stations / stops are taken directly from the name plates except for a couple of …

Damascus Station:

Damascus marks the start of the Hejaz Railway. While the old city and bazaar in Damascus attracts almost everyone, train enthusiasts usually head down to the old train station to experience something …

The Old Railroad:

(10 articles) Ten carousels of photos from the railway’s inception in 1895 until the end of the 20th century. Many of these photos have not been published anywhere else. They were gathered from the personal …

Cadem Workshop and Roundhouse:

The Cadem Workshop is located in Damascus. It was the main workshop for the Hejaz Railway, and is still in use today. Any railway enthusiast will find a wealth of information here, as well as an …

Rolling Stock:

Here are photos of some of the coaches, both the exterior and the interior. Can you imagine riding this trade back in the days of Lawrence of Arabia? Many of these coaches were in use up until …

Ma'an to Ras al Naqb Line:

Ma’an to Ras al Naqab Branch Line (enroute to Aqaba) During the construction of the Hijaz railroad in 1908, drilling crews discovered phosphate rock deposits along various parts of the railway. …

Deir Ali Station:

Deir Ali Station Photos

Personal Stories and Comments:

Stories connected with the Hejaz Railway The Dominican Fathers Father Lagrange of the Ecole d’Etudes Bibliques Account of the trips taken by the Dominican Fathers of the French Ecole …

Q&A #11 Is the Ka'ba a Shiva Temple?:

Click below to view video Dan Gibson examines the claim that the Ka’ba is actually a Hindu Shiva temple. Why do Hindus see such similarities with Islamic rites? Transcript Video #39 This …

Dera'a Station:

Dera Station is the main cross-roads for the east-west line and the north-south line. To follow the rail line east or west, use the links on the page Other Middle Eastern Railways. To continue on …

Dera'a Yard:

Dera’a Yard Photos

Amman Station:

In 1878, the Ottoman authorities directed the Circassian immigrants who were mainly of peasant stock to settle in Amman, and distributed arable land among them. The first Circassian settlers lived …

Wadi Jurdoun Stop:

Special thanks to Harel Even for this wonderful photo.

Aqabat Hijaz Stop:

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 …

Halat Amar Station:

Halat Amar Station Locomotive 110, Hartmann 3545 from 1911

Makhtab Station:

This photo was supplied by Gerhard Henrich. For more great pictures of the Hejaz Railway, please see Gerhard’s site: http://www.henrich-center.de/index.html.

Qurayn Ghazal Station:

Qurayn Ghazal Station (or Akhdar Al Mantuwny) This photo was supplied by Gerhard Henrich. For more great pictures of the Hejaz Railway, please see Gerhard’s site: …

Dar Hamra Station:

Dar Hamra Station Note: This is listed in the Ottoman Year Books as Dar el Hamra. These pictures were supplied by Gerhard Henrich. For more great pictures of the Hejaz Railway, please see …

Medain Saleh Station:

Medain Saleh Station also known as Al Hidjr Station Thanks to Maaz Gazdar for this photo Thanks to Maaz Gazdar for this photo Thanks to Maaz Gazdar for this photo Thanks to Maaz …

Tawayra Station:

Tawayra Station These pictures were supplied by Gerhard Henrich. For more great pictures of the Hejaz Railway, please see Gerhard’s site: http://www.henrich-center.de/index.html.

Was the Ka’ba a Shiva Temple? Q&A11:

Video #39 This is a general transcript of a Dan Gibson video. Hello, I am Dan Gibson, and this is another Question and Answer Video. In this video we want to answer two similar questions: First, …

Bir Jaha'ad Station:

Bir Jaha’ad Station hese pictures were supplied by Gerhard Henrich. For more great pictures of the Hejaz Railway, please see Gerhard’s site: …

Antar Station and Blockhouse:

Antar Station Photos

Bir Nasif Station & Blockhouse:

Bir Nasif Station and Blockhouse

Muhit Station:

Muhit Station &Blockhouse (N24° 29.664’: E39° 28.200’) Another name for this station is Bir Osman, meaning “Osman’s Well.” This may be a more modern name, as the Ottoman …

Medina Station:

Medina Station Thank yo Maaz for these great photos. This photo was sent to us by Roger Bragger. It was taken in 1917 by Capt. Thomas Henderson M.C You can visit Roger Bragger’s site …

Medina Museum and Yard:

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Ottoman Railway in Yemen:

The following excerpt has been taken from “Arabia Infelix” by G. Wyman Bury, Kessinger Publishing, Republished in Dec 2004, Paperback, 264 pages, ISBN17975180 Special thanks to Peter …