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Steam Locomotives in Jordan, 2015

Thomas Kautzor reports on the passenger railway scene in Jordan.

Diesel Excursions

JHR started operating excursion trains on Saturdays from Amman (dep. 09.00) to Jizah (dep. 14.00), the station next to Queen Alia International Airport 37.5 km south of Amman. These trains are normally double-headed and diesel-hauled and take two hours to cover the distance. They are used mainly by groups of schoolchildren, but individuals are also welcome. At Jizah there are some activities for the kids, as well as a playground. The cost is JOD 4 for adults and JOD 2 for children.

Aside from the Saturday excursion trains to Jizah, trains (150 seats) can also be chartered to the following stations for the following rates (diesel/steam, JHR tel. +962-6-4895414):

Al Qasr (12 km south) JOD 400/800

Jizah (37.5 km south) JOD 500/1000

Qatrana (104 km south) ? 

Zarqa (20 km north) JOD 400/800

Mafraq (60 km north) JOD 700/1400

No trains have operated north to Mafraq for the past year, but JHR plan to operate excursion trains there soon as they have built a new park and playground next to the station.

Steam Excursions

Although steam-hauled trains are an exception, JHR has embarked on a steam revival program which has included overhauling three locos since 2013, including two which have been out-of-use for over 20 years. They also plan to reclaim three steam locos donated to universities in the 1990s and plinthed there since and put them back into use. According to JHR management, steam is to be used as in the past for foreign groups (the number of foreign tourists has declined dramatically in the past few years due to the situation in the neighboring countries).

At Amman Station, the railway museum is still housed in the old goods shed, but there plans to build a larger museum across the tracks from the loco shed.

At Amman Viaduct, the view has now been spoiled by the huge Mega Mall behind it.

Steam Matters

As of 28th February 2015, the situation of the steam fleet was as follows:

21 2-8-2 RS&H 7431 1951 Amman, stored OOU;
22 2-8-2 RS&H 7432 1951 scrapped, tender stored at Amman;
23 2-8-2 RS&H 7433 1951 Amman, complete (formerly used in charter service).

51 2-8-2 Jung 12081 1955 Amman, complete (formerly used in charter service);
52 2-8-2 Jung 12082 1955 scrapped before 1983;
53 2-8-2 Jung 12083 1955 Amman, operational as No. 52 (restored 02-04/2013, formerly stored at Libban station).

61 2-6-2T FUF 2147 1955 Amman, complete (operational until c.2001);
62 2-6-2T FUF 2148 1955 Amman, plinthed next to museum;
63 2-6-2T FUF 2149 1955 Al-Bayt University, Mafraq, display.

No. 61 and 63 are suspected to have switched identities and 63 at Mafraq carried FUF plates 2146 (from No. 73) and 2149 (from 63).

71 2-8-2 FUF 2144 1955 Amman, operational (overhauled 2013 with boiler, firebox and cab from 72; formerly used in charter service);
72 2-8-2 FUF 2145 1955 Amman, stored OOU (with boiler, firebox and cab from 71);
73 2-8-2 FUF 2146 1955 Al Muítah University, Karak, plinthed.

81 4-6-2 NS 1609 1959 Amman, under overhaul (until 2013/14 stored OOU at Libban);
82 4-6-2 NS 1610 1959 Amman, complete (formerly used in charter service); 
83 4-6-2 NS 1611 1959 scrapped before 1983, cab at Amman (oil shed), two wheelsets at Libban;
84 4-6-2 NS 1612 1959 University of Jordan, Amman, plinthed;
85 4-6-2 NS 1613 1959 Wadi Rum, tourist train.

No. 81-85 were built in 1953 for the Royal Siam Railways (RSR), but not delivered.

RS&H = Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns (England)
FUF = Forges Usines Fonderies Haine-Saint-Pierre (Belgium)
NS = Nippon Sharyo (Japan)




52 (actually 53)

61 (as 63)


63 (as 61)








Rob Dickinson