Eslami says the country has developed its own capabilities to manufacture and supply track, and the ministry and RAI are focusing on renovating the railway fleet by using domestic producers.

In December, Eslami and the head of RAI, Mr Saied Rasouli, unveiled 243 new domestically-made locomotives and wagons, worth Rials 3.4 trillion ($US 80.7m) produced by Wagon Pars, Iranian Rail Industries Development Company and Foolad Derakhshan Arak Company.

This followed the delivery of 213 domestically-built wagons and locomotives in September 2019.

Iran is currently undertaking a Rials 20 trillion project to refurbish 1000 passenger coaches, wagons and locomotives.