Two shining rails, stretching west from Baghdad, sneaking through the desert for 57 kilometers.
At the other end is the city of Fallujah.
Accessible once again to rail travellers.
Fallujah today is not like Fallujah in the past.
The railroad is a sign of life getting back to normal after getting rid of ISIL.
These rail tracks were closed when ISIL fighters swept through the west of Iraq in 2014.
When Iraqi railways reopens the Baghdad-Fallujah line we didn’t think of the economic benefit.
This is a message of peace that the people of Fallujah after the dark days when ISIL used to rule those parts.
After the defeat of ISIL there have been roads that have been opened between Baghdad and Fallujah.
But they’re peppered with security checks.
And that journey can take anything up to several hours.
But this train doesn’t stop for checkpoints.
The journey between Baghdad and Fallujah takes just 55 minutes by railway.
And high cost of fuel means traveling by road is more expensive.
Basic train tickets for a one-way journey cost just under two dollars.
Going by the train is much easier.
We avoid traffic jams, many checkpoints across the highway or even deadly car accidents.
It’s also much cheaper than road transport.
When the train arrives in Fallujah, 57 kilometers may not seem far.
But this reopen track is a milestone for Iraq’s railways.