Israel Railways
Israel Railways is the sole provider of passenger and freight rail service in the State of Israel. Trains operate seven days a week, although service is limited on Fridays, Saturdays, holiday eves, and after the conclusion of holidays. There are no trains during the Jewish Sabbath and holidays. Passenger trains serve many cities and towns throughout the country, including Naharia, Akko, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Lod, Beersheva, Dimona, Jerusalem, Ashdod, and Ashkelon. There is also a stop at Ben Gurion Airport's new Terminal 3, just a quick escalator ride from baggage claim and check-in counters. Additional lines are in the planning stages, including a high speed line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem via Modi'in that would take significantly less time than the existing line that operates via Lod and Bet Shemesh. That line is scheduled to open in 2011.

Unlike on commuter rail systems in the United States and Europe, conductors do not inspect tickets on board the train. Instead, a passenger must purchase a ticket with a magnetic stripe prior to entering the system, and then must pass the ticket through a turnstile. The ticket only allows entry at the place where the ticket was purchased, and exit at the passenger's destination. One must pass the ticket through a turnstile to exit.

Most intercity and suburban service is provided by either Swedish built IC3 diesel multiple units, or by Bombardier bi-level cars that are operated in a push-pull mode with an Alstom JT42BW diesel locomotive providing the power, usually at the south end of the train. There are also some older rail cars in service, running on a few trains per day. All trains have a "European" seating arrangement, with groups of four seats around a small table, with two seats facing the other two seats.

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Bombardier bi-level train at Tel Aviv Hagana Station, January 12, 2007

Bombardier bi-level train at Tel Aviv Hagana Station, January 12, 2007

IC3 DMU at Tel Aviv Hagana Station, January 12, 2007

IC3 DMU at Jerusalem-Malha Station, January 12, 2007

Bombardier bi-level train at Haifa-Hof Hacarmel Station, January 16, 2007

Bombardier bi-level train at Haifa-Hof Hacarmel Station, January 16, 2007

Alstom JT42BW 769 at Haifa-Hof Hacarmel Station, January 16, 2007

Bombardier bi-level train at the old Haifa Mifratz (Haifa East) Station, January 17, 2007

Alstom JT42BW 764 at the old Haifa Mifratz (Haifa East) Station, January 17, 2007

Narrow gauge Hedjaz Railway 0-6-0 tank locomotive #10, built by Krauss of Germany in 1902, it is the last steam locomotive left in Israel, it is now at the Israel Railways Museum at the old Haifa Mifratz Station, January 17, 2007

Work equipment at the old Haifa Mifratz (Haifa East), January 17, 2007

Alstom GA-DE 900 AC 262 at the old Haifa Mifratz (Haifa East) Station, January 17, 2007

Alstom JT42BW 746 at the old Haifa Mifratz (Haifa East) Station, January 17, 2007

Alstom JT42BW 771 at the old Haifa Mifratz (Haifa East) Station, January 17, 2007

Bombardier bi-level train at the old Haifa Mifratz (Haifa East) Station, January 17, 2007


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