IN PHOTOS: Syrians Take First Train Ride in Years Across Devastated Aleppo

Curious passengers make the hour-long round-trip journey between the city's eastern outskirts and Aleppo’s main Baghdad railway station.

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A train travels through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.
A train travels through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP

Train service has resumed between east and west Aleppo after four years of fighting, AFP reported.

Syrians rode the train across the previously divided city on its first ride after east Aleppo was retaken by government forces last month.

Syrian railway workers wait for a train to leave Aleppo's Jibreen station, on the city's eastern outskirts, for a one-hour round trip on January 25, 2017.
It is the train's first such trip since rebels overran east Aleppo in the summer of 2012, effectively dividing the northern city into a regime-held west and a rebel-controlled east.
Syrian railway workers wait for a train to leave Aleppo's Jibreen station, on the city's eastern outskirts, for a one-hour round trip on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP

The eastern part of Syria's most populous city had been held by rebels since they took control in the summer of 2012.

The curious passengers took pictures through the windows as the train, with portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad on the carriages, made its way across the former front line. During the hour-long journey, the train made its way to Jibreen station in the city's eastern outskirts and ended back at Aleppo’s main Baghdad railway station.

Syrian railway workers wait for a train to leave Aleppo's Jibreen station, on the city's eastern outskirts, for a one-hour round trip on January 25, 2017.
Syrian railway workers wait for a train to leave Aleppo's Jibreen station, on the city's eastern outskirts, for a one-hour round trip on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP

Syria's Transport Minister Ali Hamoud said the repairs necessary to reopen the line took less than 20 days to complete. The resumption of services followed "the victory of the heroes of the Syrian army, returning safety and stability to the whole city," he was quoted as saying. 

Syrians board a train at Aleppo's Jibreen station, on the city's eastern outskirts, for a one-hour round trip on January 25, 2017.
Syrians board a train at Aleppo's Jibreen station, on the city's eastern outskirts, for a one-hour round trip on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP

The head of the public railway company stated there would be fourd daily trips between Jibreen and Baghdad stations, each trip accomodating up to 600 passengers.

A Syrian woman peers out the window as she sits in a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.
A Syrian woman peers out the window as she sits in a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP
Syrian women take pictures as they ride a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.
Syrian women take pictures as they ride a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP
A train travels through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.
A train travels through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP
Syrian men peer out the window as they ride a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.
Syrian men peer out the window as they ride a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP
Syrians look at a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.
Syrians look at a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP
Syrian children look at a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.
Syrian children look at a train travelling through Aleppo's devastated eastern districts for the first time in more than four years, on January 25, 2017.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP
Syrians take pictures of a train arriving at Aleppo's main Baghdad railway station on January 25, 2017 as passengers rode across the city for the first time in more than four years.
Syrians take pictures of a train arriving at Aleppo's main Baghdad railway station on January 25, 2017 as passengers rode across the city for the first time in more than four years.Credit: GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP