Railway History in Tunisia

YearEvents
1872Opening with great fanfare the line Tunis – La Goulette (16km) (August 2).
1875On September 1st, the traffic opening of the line TUNIS – Beja – JENDOUBA for the service of lead mines.
1876The Beylical Government concedes to the Batignolles Construction Company the line Tunis – Souk El Arba.
1882The Bey of Tunisia returns to France, by letter dated July 25, 1882, granting the privilege of railways in the Regency.
1882Operation of the Tunis – Hammam-Lif link with a standard rail track.
1884Extension of the Tunis-Jendouba link up to GHARDIMAOU to connect it to the Algerian network.
1894Operation of the Link Jedeida-Bizerte.
1895Operation of the link Hammam-lif – Sousse.
1897-1906Operation of the link Tunis-Kalâa Khasba.
1898-1909Operation of the link Sfax Gafsa- Métlaoui and mining basin M’dhilla Tabedith-Redeyef-Moularès.
1912Operation of the Link Sousse-Sfax.
1922June 22, Tunisia buys concessions previously given, and the company-Bone Guelma changed its name to the “Farmer Company Tunisian Railways”
1930Connection of the line Tunis-Kalâa Khasba to the Algerian network ; Ain Karma in Tunisia and Ghilane in Algeria.
1935Tunisia holds the world record for motor railcars Mazout speed on narrow track. The world record speed was recorded in tests of speed and endurance made between Tunis and Sfax.
1940Operation of the Link Heidra-Kasserine.
1956The decree of December 27, announces that the operation of the rail network has been entrusted starting on 1st January 1957 to the “Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens”.
1957Fusion, from January 1st of the railways company Sfax – GAFSA with SNCFT.