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  • Mock-up of Turkey's National Train on show at Eurasiarail.

    Turkish ‘National Train' set to roll in 2019


    TURKEY: The first of 21 five-car electric multiple-units being developed under the 'National Train' programme to enhance local manufacturing capabilities is set to carry passengers in late 2019. The 160 km/h inter-regional trainsets are to be produced at the Tüvasaş factory in Sakarya province and will make use of a ...

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    Marmaray upgrading works resume


    TURKEY: Surface works on the Asian and European sides of Istanbul’s Marmaray suburban corridor reportedly resumed at the end of January following an agreement between lead contractor OHL and the government. The Marmaray immersed tube tunnel which links railways on either side of the Bosporus Strait opened on time in ...

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was among the guests at the opening ceremony.

    High speed rail hub opens in Ankara


    TURKEY: National railway TCDD opened a dedicated high speed station in Ankara on October 29, with the inauguration celebrations attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, a former transport minister. Comprising three island platforms with six running lines, the station has been built adjacent to the ...

  • Bombardier Transportation and Bozankaya have signed a memorandum of understanding for co-operation in high speed train production.

    Bozankaya and Bombardier sign high speed train production agreement


    TURKEY: Bombardier Transportation and local supplier Bozankaya signed a memorandum of understanding in Ankara on February 9 to co-operate in high speed train production. The framework agreement envisages construction of a factory should the two companies win orders for high speed rolling stock from national operator TCDD, which is expected ...

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    Turkish GSM-R interoperability testing completed


    TURKEY: Italian certification group RINA has successfully completed interoperability testing of the GSM-R base station sub-system access network supplied to national railway TCDD by Huawei, and the GSM-R network switching sub-system core network supplied by Nokia. Huawei said TCDD has typical multi-vendor GSM-R infrastructure, with Nokia, Kapsch and Huawei elements. ...

  • China, France and Japan achieve the fastest point-to-point speeds in the world, but no fewer than 18 countries now achieve averages in excess of 160 km/h; these include Turkey, Portugal and Uzbekistan.

    World Speed Survey 2015: China remains the pacesetter


    INTERNATIONAL: China remains the pacesetter in the world rail speed race, according to the latest World Speed Survey published in Railway Gazette International on July 1. Authored by Jeremy Hartill of the UK’s Railway Performance Society, the biennial survey compiles in tabular form the fastest timetabled start-to-stop journeys between ...

  • Tüvasaş and Voith have opened a joint maintenance, repair, and assembly workshop in Adapazarı.

    Tüvasaş and Voith open workshop


    TURKEY: Tüvasaş and Voith have opened a joint maintenance, repair, and assembly workshop at the Turkish rolling stock manufacturer’s bogie plant in Adapazarı. The workshop undertakes the maintenance and repair of Voith Turbo transmissions used on DMUs operated by national railway TCDD, as well as local assembly activities and ...

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    Turkish rail market opening coming this year


    TURKEY: Legislation outlining the legal framework for liberalisation of the railway sector was published in the government’s official journal on May 2. Publication of the Law on Capacity Allocation & Network Access paves the way for market opening to be introduced by the end of this year, with state railway ...

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    Evraz delivers new design of wheel to Turkey


    TURKEY: Russian manufacturer Evraz NTMK has begun delivering 2 000 of its newly-launched Type BA 002 wagon wheels to Turkish national railway TCDD. The 920 mm diameter BA 002 wheels are made of grade ER7 steel and feature high-precision boring of the hub with tolerances measured in hundredths of ...

  • The expert panel included Nicola Shaw of HS1 Ltd, Colin Stewart of Arup, Amanda White of Transport for Greater Manchester and Jon Shaw from Bombardier Transportation. The debate is now available to view on demand.

    ‘Connectivity and vision’ key to future of high speed


    RAILWAY GAZETTE TV: More than 370 viewers in 20 countries registered to watch Railway Gazette’s interactive live debate on high speed rail on February 25. Sponsored by Bombardier Transportation, the latest in RG TV’s debate series assessed the future of high speed rail over the next five decades saw Chris ...

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    TCDD orders 10 more Velaros


    TURKEY: State railway operator TCDD has selected Siemens to supply a further 10 Velaro TR high speed trainsets, the company confirmed on February 18. Subject to any legal challenges from other bidders, the contract is expected to be signed shortly. Having bought the former Velaro D demonstrator and then ordered ...

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    TCDD awards national control centre contract


    TURKEY: National railway TCDD has awarded Indra a €43m contract to build a control centre in Ankara which will manage traffic and equipment on the high speed lines as well as support the planning of operations and infrastructure upgrading across the entire network. Indra is to supply the DaVinci traffic ...

  • Istanbul’s Haydarpaşa station.

    Haydarpaşa station modernisation approved


    TURKEY: The historical monuments section of the Ministry of Culture & Tourism has approved plans for Istanbul’s Haydarpaşa station to be modernised for use by high speed services. The landmark waterfront station on the Asian side of the city opened in 1908. Services were suspended in 2013 because of ...

  • Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially inaugurated the high speed line between Eskişehir and Istanbul on July 25 2014.

    Eskişehir - Istanbul high speed line opened


    TURKEY: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially inaugurated the fast line between Eskişehir and Istanbul on July 25, completing the 570 km Ankara – Istanbul high speed corridor. The latest section to open comprises 188 km of new alignment between Eskişehir and Köseköy plus a further 56 km of upgraded ...

  • The service carries road semi-trailers between Köln and Çerkezköy (Photo: DB Schenker).

    DB Schenker Rail launches Köln - Istanbul semi-trailer service


    EUROPE: DB Schenker Rail has launched a freight service carrying road semi-trailers between Köln and the Çerkezköy freight terminal near Istanbul. The journey time is five to six days. The semi-trailer service follows the launch of DB Schenker Rail’s Germany – Turkey Bosporus Shuttle container and wagonload service ...

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    Vandalism delays Eskisehir – Gebze high speed opening


    TURKEY: A series of vandalism incidents has delayed the opening of the next section of the 570 km Istanbul – Ankara high speed corridor, the Transport Ministry confirmed in a statement on May 26. Opening of the next section of the line was expected in the first quarter of 2014, ...

  • Siemens is supplying seven Velaro TR trainsets to TCDD, while Bombardier has previously offered its V300 Zefiro design to the Turkish market.

    TCDD to order more high speed trains


    TURKEY: National railway TCDD has issued a tender notice requesting offers by May 9 for the supply of a further 10 high speed trainsets. Respondents are requested to include in their bids three years of maintenance and the supply of 47 kits of spare parts. Last July TCDD placed an ...

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    Testing underway on Ankara – Istanbul fast line


    TURKEY: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined newly-appointed transport minister Lütfi Elvan in the cab of a CAF trainset to travel over the Arifiye – Köseköy section of the Ankara – Istanbul high speed corridor on December 27. Elvan has replaced Binali Yıldırım, who has stood down after 11 years ...

  • Inauguration of the Marmaray tunnel beneath the Bosporus.

    Marmaray tunnel opens to link Europe with Asia


    TURKEY: 'This project that was dreamed of 153 years ago, has been realised' said President Abdullah Gül as he inaugurated the Marmaray tunnel between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul on October 29, as part of the Republic Day celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of Atatürk's proclamation of the ...

  • Schuler's recently developed rolling machine produces wheels from pre-forged blanks.

    Turkish steelmaker orders wheel production line


    TURKEY: German metalworking equipment supplier Schuler has announced the largest single order in its history, a €90m contract to supply Kardemir Iron Steel Industry & Trade Co with a wheel production line with a capacity of 200 000 wheels/year. This is the second order for Schuler's recently developed rolling machine, ...