The South Caucasus Railway plays an important role in the field of communications, Nikoghayos Ter-Karapetyan, the guide of the Railway Museum of Armenia, has told ArmInfo's correspondent during the Yerevan-Gyumri excursion.
Ter-Karapetyan says that over the past few years up-to-date equipment has been delivered to Armenia via the Poti port of Georgia for maintenance of the track facilities of Armenia. He is convinced that the communication between the capital city and some remote villages of Armenia has been established due to the SCR's efforts.
At the Railway Museum in Yerevan, Ter-Karapetyan presented the exhibits, the documents on construction and operation of the Armenian railway in different periods, archived photos and documents, samples of railway equipment, and other exhibits demonstrating the whole path of development of Armenia's steel trunk starting from 5 July 1895, when Emperor Nikolay II decreed the construction of the Tiflis-Kars railway.
Ter-Karapetyan familiarized the participants with the materials about Armenian railroaders' participation in construction of the Baykal-Amur Mainline. In the course of the excursion, the participants watched a documentary about Armenians' participation in WWI. In Gyumri, the excursionists attended the Museum of Railway Equipment and saw rare samples of equipment used on the Armenian railway in czarist days, during Soviet years and at present.
To note, the excursion was organized by the Armenian Ministry of Culture and the South Caucasus Railway on the margins of the European Heritage Days. The event was held on September 27-28 and was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of WWI.
SCR CJSC is a 100% subsidiary of the Russian Railway OJSC and the concessional manager of Armenian Railway CJSC under the 13 Feb 2008 concession agreement. The agreement was signed for 30 years but may be prolonged for 10 more years.