Abkhazian Railway – Abandoned Soviet Era Train Rail and Station

The Abkhazian (Abasgia) railway runs 63 miles along the Black Sea coast and is located in the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, Georgia / Sakartvelo.

The railway connected Russia’s North Caucasus Railway with Georgian railways and was established during the Soviet Era. Since 2010 there is a daily train connection from the Russian Federation to Abkhazia, running from Adler to Sukhumi and returning within the day.

Prior to 2010 the Abkhazian railway had been abandoned since the War in Abkhazia in 1992 (You can learn more about that from this BOOK). By the end of the war bridges had been blown up and many tracks dismantled. As of late 2012 and early 2013 the current Prime Minister has proposed to re-establish the railway links through Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. This has sparked gigantic debate in these countries as fear of control from Russia remains in Abkhazia.

These photos are from the tunnel and station residing in Old Gagra.

Where is the abandoned Abkhazian Railway located? You can find this railway with these coordinates. 43.326419,40.222947

All images used and licensed under CC BY 2.0. Images by Vyacheslav Argenberg / Flickr / argenberg.

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