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Iran begins new express train service in Tehran

TEHRAN, March 7 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami inaugurated a new electric train link on Sunday between Tehran and the city of Karaj in the western Tehran province. (See photo)

Authorities are hoping the express train, part of a still uncompleted metro service for the capital begun before the 1979 Islamic revolution, will one day carry some 100 million passengers annually.

A delegation of top officials, including Interior Minister Abdol-Vahed Mussavi-Lari, accompanied Khatami on the 30 kilometer (18 mile) journey from Karaj to the capital.

The trains were purchased from China for some 550 million dollars.


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