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THE TUNISIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS COMPANY. SNCFT is the national railway of Tunisia and is under the direction of the Ministry of Transport. SNCFT was founded on December 27, 1956 , headquartered in Tunis capital.

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SNCFT is the national railway of Tunisia and isunder the direction of the Ministry of Transport.

  • SNCFT wasfounded on December 27, 1956, headquartered in Tunis capital.
  • Tunisiainheritedmuch of its rail transport system from the French. The TunisianGovernment has developed the infrastructure further.


Construction of the northern network (standard gauge)

  • The first railway line in Tunisia linked Tunis with La Marsa - today\'s TGM line - and was inaugurated on August 2, 1872 by SADOK BEY.
  • Between 1876 and1922, French corporation des Batignolles and its subsidiary, the Bône-Guelma railways compagny built the remain part of the standard gauge network and the link with Algeria.
  • The French company was granted operational rights until 1922, after which it would be sold to the Tunisian state.

Construction of the central and southern network (metre-gauge)

  • In 1885, considerabledeposits of phosphates werediscovered in the region of Seldja.
  • In 1897 a concession wasgranted to the Phosphate Company and the railways Sfax-Gafsa (CPCFSG) to mine the mineral and to build rail transport to the port of Sfax.
  • The metre-gauge railwaybetween Sfax and Métlaoui via Gafsa wascompleted by 1899. It wasextended in 1913 to Tozeur and 1916 to Gabès
  • In addition, the companywasgranted a concession to construct The remain part of the southtern network where large holdings of phosphates and ironwerefound.
  • The southtern network wascompleted in 1930.
  • At the end of the concession, the lineswhere to bereturned to the Tunisian State.

Thus due to historical reasons, the country has two different rail gauge systems:

  • 500 km of standard 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) gauge network in the northern part of the country.
  • 1 700 km metre gauge network in the central and southern part.
  • 8 km double gaugedtrack.
  • Tunisia has a rail linkwithneighbouringAlgeria via the border atGhardimaou.
  • Otherwisetwo suburbain lineswhereelectrified:
  • Sousse /Mahdia 70 km, 25 kv 50 Hz in1987.
  • Tunis/ Erriadh 25 km, 2x25 kv 50 Hz in 2012.

SNCFT providesbothpassenger and freight services at a national level.

  • SNCFT employs 5400 staff to achieve annual transport :


audit and control regulatory department

permenante secretairiat the procurement committee

PresidentDirector General

DeputyDirector General

Management and finance management

Central RailwaysDirectorate

Planning and Management Control Department

Safety and quality department

Management Communications and External Relations

Informatics department

Central Railways Network Operation Department

Industrial Maintenance

Business Unit

Phosphate Business Unit

Tunis Suburb Business Unit

Main Lines Business Unit

Sahel Suburb Business Unit

Freight Business Unit


SNCFT provides an average daily traffic of 326 trains with a rail fleet consists of:

  • 130 mainline locomotives
  • 41 shunting locomotives
  • 262 passenger cars
  • 25 EMUs
  • 30 DMUs
  • 3846 cars
  • 1266 containers

Main future projects

  • RFR projects:
  • Consite to build four new electrified lines for trasport travelers in the suburbs of Tunis
  • Construction works in court for both D and E lines;

2) Construction of a new line between Sousse-Kairouan-HajebLayoun (130 km)

Project isawaitingfunding.


3) Extension of the electrifiedrailway line Tunis - BorjCedria to:

  • Soliman (about 7.5 km), feasibilitystudies have been completed
  • Hammamet- Nabeul (about 53 km) Feasibilitystudyunderway.
  • Electrification of the line Tunis - Bizerte (53 km). Feasibilitystudyunderway.

Creation of high-speed lines to connect the main cities of the Maghreb are: Casablanca, Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli.

  • This project is currently under study.
  • The total length of the high-speed lines In Tunisia is: 840 km.