Georgia - General Information
Georgia (Sakartvelo, საქართველო)
National railway system
Georgian railway[s] (RK): (Sakartvelos Rkinigsa, საქართველოს რკინიგზა)
- Georgian Railways www.railway.ge/?web=0&action=0&lang=eng
- Abkhazian Railways http://zkvzhd.abhazia.com/ in Cyrillic script
Lari (ლ) (GEL).
numeric 28; alpha GR.
Some skeleton timetables are available on the Passenger Operations page and selecting one of the options from the Traffic Schedule tab:
- Traffic General Schedule
- International Trains
- Commuter Trains
The Regional Trains option gives the journey planner.
A 2010 timetable for the only line, Adler - Sukhumi, is given here.
- "World Rail Atlas Vol. 8 The Middle East and Caucasus" by Neil Robinson (ISBN-10: 954-12-0128-8; ISBN-13: 978-954-12-0128-2)
- Thorsten Büker's Map of Georgia and Abkhazia.
"Russian" gauge (1520mm). The Borjomi - Bakuriani line is 912 mm.
3000 V dc. The The Borjomi - Bakuriani line is 1500 V dc.
Rule of the road
The Borjomi to Bakuriani line serves ski resorts.
There are plans to construct a tram network in Tbilisi.
Recent and future changes
The Prime Minister wishes to reopen the war damaged Inguri - Ochamchira line in order to reconnect Georgia to Abkhazia, and thus to Russia. However, this is opposed by the president and would require support from both Abkhazia and Russia.
The ხაშური/Chašuri – სურამი/Surami and ბროწეულა/Broceula – ქუთაისი-2/Kutaisi-2 – წყალტუბო/Cchaltubo lines (page 55 of the World Rail Atlas) were temporarily closed from 30 March 2012.
Georgia contains two de facto independent regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which gained limited international recognition after the 2008 South Ossetia war between Georgia and Russia. Georgia still considers these regions to be its sovereign territory. However, the lines located in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not under control of Georgian Railways. The lines from Nikozi to Tskhinvali (5 km) and from Ochamchira to the Inguri River are not in use. Much of the track and overhead on these lines has been looted, and stations such as Gali have been destroyed or heavily damaged. The lines from the Psou River to Ochamchira and from Ochamchira to Tkvarcheli are operated by Abkhazian Railways (AZD).