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    Work starts to rebuild Istanbul – Bulgaria main line

    2019-09-27T13:53:00Z

    The start of work ceremony was attended by guests including EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc. TURKEY: Work on modernisation of the 233 km line from Halkalı west of Istanbul to the Bulgarian border crossing at Kapıkule began on September 25 with a foundation-laying ceremony in Edirne ...

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    Turkey to develop national rail research institute

    2019-09-26T12:38:00Z

    The institute is intended to support development of the Turkish main line network. It will be eventually be based at TCDD premises in Ankara. TURKEY: The Ministry for Transport Infrastructure is to establish an Institute of Rail Transport Technology, which will be operated jointly ...

  • Körfez Ulaştırma has awarded Stadler a contract to supply seven Eurodual electro-diesel locomotives.
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    Turkish operator orders Stadler electro-diesel locos

    2019-08-27T08:58:04Z

    TURKEY: The Körfez Ulaştırma rail transport subsidiary of oil refiner Tüpraş has awarded Stadler a contract to supply seven Eurodual electro-diesel locomotives from 2021, along with an eight-year full service maintenance agreement. Stadler said the order announced on August 27 was its first contract in Turkey, and they would ...

  • The Transasia Express passenger service between Tehran and Ankara has been relaunched after a four-year suspension.
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    Tehran – Ankara passenger service relaunched

    2019-08-20T14:18:00Z

    ASIA: The Transasia Express passenger service between Tehran and Ankara has been relaunched after a four-year suspension. The first departure left the Iranian capital on August 7, watched by Managing Director of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Saeed Rasouli and the Turkish ambassador. The train is scheduled to ...

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    Work begins on Ankara suburban rail extension

    2019-07-29T13:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Construction has started on an extension of Ankara’s Başkentray suburban railway from the current western terminus of Sincan to Yenikent. The 8 km northwestern extension is being funded from public sources. Completion of the TL353m project is due by the end of June 2022. From ...

  • The Kocaeli railport is being developed by a 67:33 joint venture of Arkas Holding and Duisport.
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    Banks back Turkish railport

    2019-05-16T08:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Two US$30m loans to finance the US$86m development of a privately-run inland rail terminal in Kocaeli province, to the east of Istanbul, have been agreed by the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development and majority Chinese-owned Turkish bank ICBC Turkey. The terminal is being developed by a 67:33 joint ...

  • Tüvasaş displayed a mock-up of the National Train EMU at Eurasiarail in Istanbul in 2017.
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    ‘National Train’ EMUs on course for delivery this year

    2019-04-17T07:15:00Z

    TURKEY: State-owned passenger train manufacturer Tüvasaş expects to begin construction of the first of 21 five-car electric multiple-units under the National Train programme ‘within the next two months’. The first trains should be handed to operator TCDD Tasımacılık before the end of the year, the company told Railway Gazette ...

  • The Kazan soda plant was formally opened in January 2018.
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    TCDD awards soda plant link contract

    2019-04-08T11:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD announced on April 2 that it had awarded contracts for construction of an 18·5 km branch to a soda plant at Yenikent. The contract award to a consortium of HCA Insaat, Imaj Altyapi Ust Yapı and Efecemler Ins Nak Madencılık is valued at TL353·5m; TCDD received ...

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    Oil traffic to benefit from Kırıkkale electrification

    2019-03-13T15:33:11Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD announced on March 12 that it had awarded the contract for electrification of 231 km of single track on the Nenek - Şefaatli route to a consortium of domestic companies Ultra Teknoloji and Emeray Insaat Enerji. The contract is valued at TL69·9m. TCDD received two bids. ...

  • President Erdoğan officially opened the 77 km Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul.
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    Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul opened

    2019-03-12T12:40:42Z

    TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially opened the 77 km Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul on March 12, 15 years after construction began. The President rode an inaugural train from the opening ceremony at Kartal on the Asian side of the route east as far as Gebze, where suburban ...

  • The EU is to support the €1bn modernisation of the 233 km line from Istanbul to the Bulgarian border at Kapıkule.
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    EU to finance upgrading of Turkey’s European link

    2019-03-01T07:00:00Z

    TURKEY: A €275m grant to support the €1bn modernisation of the 233 km line from Istanbul to the Bulgarian border at Kapıkule was signed by representatives of the European Union and Turkey on February 28. The route is designated as being of European significance because it links to the core ...

  • High speed services between Ankara and Istanbul would share the Marmaray alignment using a bidirectional track equipped with ETCS for train protection.
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    Marmaray corridor to open in Q1 2019, minister says

    2018-11-23T11:51:09Z

    TURKEY: Transport Minister Cahit Turhan provided a progress update on November 16 on three new line projects as they near completion under the railway investment Master Plan. The government’s priority is completion of the surface works along the Marmaray corridor which runs across Istanbul from Gebze on the Asian ...

  • Improvements to the border station at Edirne are planned.
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    Contract to modernise Turkey – Bulgaria main line awarded

    2018-11-01T07:52:00Z

    TURKEY: Working with the Directorate-General for Foreign Relations & European Union Affairs, the transport ministry has awarded a contract to modernise a 200 km section of the main line which links Istanbul with the Bulgarian border to a consortium of domestic construction and contracting groups Gulermak Agir Sanayii ve Taah ...

  • No fewer than 21 rail-connected logistics hubs are being developed by TCDD for opening by 2023.
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    Branch line to serve Samsun logistics hub

    2018-10-29T10:52:49Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has awarded a TL190m contract for the construction of a railway between the existing Samsun - Sivas line and TCDD's Gelemen rail logistics centre. The lead contractor will be a consortium of Dekovil Entegre Sistemler and Feza Taahut. The contract involves construction of a 6·7 ...

  • The KeolisAmey joint venture has taken over from Arriva Trains Wales as the operator of Wales & Borders services.
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    Wales & Borders to offer the ‘best passenger rail service in the UK’

    2018-10-15T16:16:36Z

    UK: The KeolisAmey joint venture took over from Arriva Trains Wales as the operator of Wales & Borders services with the start of the new franchise on October 14. The 15-year Operations & Development Partner contract was awarded by the devolved Welsh Government’s Transport for Wales agency, and is ...

  • Sivas in eastern Turkey is being developed as an important hub providing interchange between local routes and the Ankara - Sivas high speed line, now under construction.
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    Samsun – Sivas line to reopen this year after €280m upgrading

    2018-09-19T12:20:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has begun testing running on the railway between Samsun and Sivas, which has been closed for upgrading work for the past three years. The line is expected to reopen to traffic by the end of the year. Work began in September 2015 and has involved ...

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    Turkish operator orders GE PowerHaul locomotives

    2018-09-19T08:23:59Z

    TURKEY: A contract for the supply of five PowerHaul diesel locomotives was signed by GE Transportation, Tülomsaş and the Korfez Ulastirma rail transport business of oil refiner Tüpraş on September 18. The GE locomotives will be produced by the US company’s local partner Tülomsaş in Eskisehir. Korfez Ulastirma is the ...

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    Turkish hybrid shunter on show

    2018-09-18T13:20:01Z

    INNOTRANS: Turkish national freight operator TCDD Tasımacılık is to take delivery of up to 11 diesel-battery hybrid shunting locomotives if deployment of a prototype developed by Aselsan and Tülomsaş proves successful. The two companies used the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin to introduce the hybrid loco, which has been ...

  • Greenbrier-AstraRail has agreed to acquire a 68% stake in Turkish wagon manufacturer Rayvag Vagon Sanayi ve Ticaret.
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    Greenbrier invests in Turkish wagon manufacturer

    2018-08-09T10:33:44Z

    TURKEY: The Greenbrier Companies’ European business Greenbrier-AstraRail has agreed to acquire a 68% stake in Adana-based wagon, bogie and component manufacturing and maintenance company Rayvag Vagon Sanayi ve Ticaret. Rayvag was founded in 2007 by Asim Suzen, who will retain a 32% equity interest and continue as Managing Director. ...

  • Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan was among the guests attending the start of test running on the European surface alignment of the Marmaray route.
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    Test running begins on European Marmaray alignment

    2018-05-29T09:29:53Z

    TURKEY: An inaugural diesel test train operated along part of the European section of Istanbul’s 77 km Marmaray cross-city suburban corridor on May 23. Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan was onboard the diesel locomotive that ran between Halkalı and Kazlıçeşme, a distance of 20 km. This forms part of the ...