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Israel’s Newest Railway Line is Officially Inaugurated

Israel’s newest railway line was officially inaugurated Wednesday when the first train travelled from Tel Aviv to Kiryat Gat, over a new track and parts of a rebuilt track along an old right-of-way. The new link involving 12 miles of completely new embankment and track from Ashkelon to Kiryat Gat plus restoration of the Ashkelon-Ashdod line, part of the old Palestine-Egypt railroad, is intended to speed and serve potash and phosphate exports from the Dead Sea to Ashdod Port, bypassing the overloaded Lydda junction. Work on the new and rebuilt line took three years and cost $23 million.