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  • The ceremonial first test train ran through the Marmaray tunnel with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the controls.

    First test train through the Marmaray tunnel


    TURKEY: A ceremonial first test train ran through the Marmaray tunnel between Kazliçesme on the European side of Istanbul and Ayrılıkçesme on the Asian side on August 4, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the controls. 'This project is not the project of the century, but it is the ...

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    Legios wins Turkish tank wagon order


    TURKEY: Czech rolling stock manufacturer Legios has announced a contract to supply 100 light oil tank wagons to Turkish refining company Tüpras. Delivery is scheduled for later this year. The KC600m contract includes an option for further deliveries in 2014 which Legios said would 'significantly' increase the overall volume of ...

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    Turkey orders Siemens Velaro high speed trainsets


    TURKEY: National railway TCDD has placed an order for seven Velaro high speed trainsets, Siemens has confirmed. The contract is worth €285m, including seven years of maintenance by the manufacturer. Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens' Rail Systems Division, said the Turkish contract marked its entry into a promising growth market. ...

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    ADIF assists TCDD


    TURKEY: In preparation for the opening of the high speed line between Istanbul and Ankara, 35 TCDD staff are being provided with safety training by Spanish infrastructure manager ADIF. Running from May 20 to July 12, two courses of four weeks each will provide instruction in safety management systems ...

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    Turkish railway liberalisation approved


    TURKEY: On April 30 President Abdullah Gül approved legislation which will enable the private sector to invest in rail infrastructure and operate open-access trains on the national network. State railway TCDD is to become an infrastructure manager under the new legislation, which was passed by parliament the previous week. TCDD's ...

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    TCDD launches Eskisehir – Konya high speed service


    TURKEY: A direct high speed service linking Eskisehir and Konya was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 23, accompanied by Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım and TCDD Director General Süleyman Karaman. Introduction of the direct service follows the completion of a 5 km west-to-south connecting curve linking ...

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    Turkish PowerHaul order confirmed


    TURKEY: Plans to build 50 PowerHaul diesel locomotives in Eskişehir over the next two years were announced by General Electric and Tülomsaş on January 14. Under the strategic partnership between the two companies, the Turkish builder is to assemble 20 locomotives for state railway TCDD and a further 30 for ...

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    Istanbul railway upgrading bids in


    TURKEY: Eight consortia have submitted prequalification bids for a contract to upgrade TCDD's existing railways in Istanbul as part of the Marmaray cross-Bosporus project (RG 5.04 p251). Five bidders are due to be shortlisted this month to tender for Contract CR1, which covers upgrading of the Sirkeci - Halkali and ...

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    Bosporus tunnel construction to start


    TURKEY: Construction of the long-planned rail tunnel under the Bosporus is expected to start in June, following the signing of a turnkey construction contract in early April. This was due to be followed by ratification of the financing package before the end of the month. Japan Bank for International Co-operation ...

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    Marmaray tunnel bids in


    TURKEY: Three prequalified consortia submitted technical bids on October 3 for construction of Istanbul's Marmaray tunnel, comprising a 1·8 km double-track submerged tube under the Bosporus together with 11·5 km of bored tunnel approaches on each side. Four groups had prequalified last year (RG 9.02 p465), but one subsequently withdrew. ...

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    Marmaray construction bids due


    TURKEY: Prequalification bids are due by September 17 for construction of Istanbul's Marmaray tunnel. As well as the 1·8 km double-track submerged tube under the Bosporus linking Eminonu on the European shore with Uskudar on the Asian side, there will be 11·5 km of bored tunnel forming an underground route ...

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    Marmaray loan agreement signed


    TURKEY: Minister of State Recep Onal and Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura signed a loan agreement in Ankara on August 19 releasing the first US$117m tranche of funding for the cross-Bosporus rail link. This follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed on March 26 under which Japan's Overseas Economic Co-operation ...

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    Bosporus tunnel project launched


    TURKEY: Construction of a fixed link between the European and Asian parts of the Turkish rail network could get under way next year, according to Transport Minister Necdet Menzir. He was speaking at a seminar organised by the State Planning Office on February 23 to unveil the latest proposals to ...