As a result of legislation passed in May 2013, TCDD’s railway operations were separated out on 17 June 2016 as TCDD Taşımacılık, leaving maintenance and development of infrastructure with TCDD.
Turkey’s first line opened 1856. The State gradually acquired the railway companies which had built lines in Asiatic Turkey up to 1935, and took over those European railways in Turkey in 1937. TCDD became a public corporation in 1953.
Work on Turkey’s high-speed network began in 2003 on the line west from Ankara to Eskisehir, opened in 2009. The 212 km line south to Konya opened in August 2011; a 5 km connection opened in March 2013 allows direct Konya-Eskişehir services. Part of the Eskişehir-Istanbul line opened in 2014, and construction of branches to Bursa and to Afyon for İzmir has begun. A line running east from Ankara to Sivas is also under construction; testing began on March 5 2020.
See the TCDD Taşımacılık page for details of mainline rail operations.
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