Tunisia - NVR : 91 TN-(VKM)
Société nationale des chemins de fer tunisiens (SNCFT) (الشركة الوطنية للسكك الحديدية التونسي
The Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens ;الشركة الوطنية للسكك الحديدية التونسي , abbreviated SNCFT, is the national railway of Tunisia and under the direction of the Ministry of Transport. SNCFT was founded on December 27, 1956. Headquartered in Tunis the company employs about 6000 people. SNCFT provides both passenger and freight services at a national level. Tunisia inherited much of its rail transport system from the French and the Tunisian Government has developed the infrastructure further. Due to historical reasons, the country has two different rail gauge systems. Thus SNCFT manages 471 km of standard 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) gauge network in the northern and a 1,674 km metre gauge network in the central and southern part of the country (65 km electrified); only 8 km are double gauged track (2006). Tunisia has a rail link with neighbouring Algeria via the border at Ghardimaou, but passenger services are limited to a single round-trip per day (as at summer 2008). SNCFT owns about 180 diesel engines, 15 diesel railcars, 6 electric rail cars, over 200 passenger cars, and more than 5200 freight cars. On order are diesel engines that will attain a speed of 130 km/h; China South has supplied locomotives, two of which are used on the Tunis – Beja – Jendouba line. The Tunisian Railways (SNCFT) are easily the best way to travel between Tunis, Sousse, El Jem, Sfax and Gabès. There is also a branch line from Sousse to Monastir and Mahdia, and several other routes. Trains are comfortable, modern and air-conditioned. The Tunisian railway network has over 2.000 km a track around 200 train stations. The network consists of a standard gauge (1435 mm) part in the North of the country and a much larger metre gauge network in Central and Southern Tunisia. SNCFT is transporting about 39 million passengers a year. Some of SNCFT's passenger trains are of the fastest ones on metre gauge worldwide. SNCFT offers well maintained rolling-stock, some of it very recently modernised. Direct Climatisé (Fast Air-conditioned) trains are fully air-conditioned in all three classes and subject to a supplement either in Direct and in Omnibus trains. Classes available are: First and second and in addition "Grand-confort" with more space at every place. Some trains are called EXPRESS, they have first and Grand-confort class only and a more personalized service at the seat of the passenger. This trains offers specialy short travel times between main centres along the coast. All Direct and Express trains are conveying a bar from which drinks and snacks are sold and some of them offers Internet facilities. New French-built railcars are operated as Autorail Express services, offering fully air-conditioned first class.