Ankara-Istanbul high-speed railway

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Ankara-Istanbul high-speed railway

A westbound train waiting to depart Ankara Central Station.
Overview
TypeHigh-speed rail
SystemTurkish State Railways
StatusOperational
LocaleCentral Anatolia
TerminiAnkara
Eskişehir (Current)
Haydarpaşa (Future)
Stations5
Operation
Opening13 March 2009
OwnerTurkish State Railways
Operator(s)Turkish State Railways
Depot(s)Güvercinlik Yard
Köseköy Yard (Future)
Rolling stockHT65000
Technical
Line length533 km (331.19 mi)[1]
No. of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Loading gaugeUIC ???
Minimum radius3500 m
Electrification25 kV, 50 Hz AC Overhead line
Operating speed250 km/h (160 mph)[1]
Maximum incline16
 
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Ankara-Istanbul high-speed railway

A westbound train waiting to depart Ankara Central Station.
Overview
TypeHigh-speed rail
SystemTurkish State Railways
StatusOperational
LocaleCentral Anatolia
TerminiAnkara
Eskişehir (Current)
Haydarpaşa (Future)
Stations5
Operation
Opening13 March 2009
OwnerTurkish State Railways
Operator(s)Turkish State Railways
Depot(s)Güvercinlik Yard
Köseköy Yard (Future)
Rolling stockHT65000
Technical
Line length533 km (331.19 mi)[1]
No. of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Loading gaugeUIC ???
Minimum radius3500 m
Electrification25 kV, 50 Hz AC Overhead line
Operating speed250 km/h (160 mph)[1]
Maximum incline16

The Ankara-Istanbul high-speed railway (Turkish: Ankara-İstanbul hızlı tren hattı), is a 533 km (331 mi) long high-speed railway currently running between Ankara and Eskişehir, with the Eskişehir-İstanbul part under construction.

History[edit]

The planned Turkish High Speed Rail Network.

Construction on the route is taking place in two phases. The first phase is a 251 kilometres (156 mi), $747 million route between Sincan (a district of Ankara) and İnönü, for which construction began in 2003 on a segment between Esenkent and Eskisehir; this segment was completed in 2007.[1] Regular service between Ankara and Eskisehir began on 13 March 2009.[2] Two shorter lines complete the first phase: a line between Eskisehir and Inonu began construction in 2008 and was completed in 2010, while a line between Sincan and Esenkent was built in 2008.[1]

The second phase, between İnönü and Gebze, is about 214 kilometres (133 mi) long, and costs $2.27 billion.[1] The substantially higher price of the second phase is due to more challenging terrain than the first, including 33 bridges and 39 tunnels. This phase was partially completed by 2010.[1]

Construction is partially financed through foreign sources, including €1.25 billion from the European Investment Bank and €120 million from the European Union.[3]

Infrastructure[edit]

Turkey ordered ten TCDD HT65000 six-car trainsets from CAF, the first one of which arrived in Turkey in 2007.[1][4] They began service operating between Ankara and Eskisehir, expanding operations as additional high-speed trackage was completed.[1]

Alcatel won an $80 million contract to supply signalling services on the line, as well as interlockings and control systems,[1] while Thales Group has been contracted to supply an ETCS train control system for the Sincan—Eskisehir portion of the route.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ankara-Istanbul High-Speed Train Project, Turkey". Railway Technology. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Turkey's First High-Speed Train Service to Begin Next Month". Turkish Weekly. 25 February 2009. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "EIB loans €400m for Istanbul-Ankara high speed rail line". Rail.co. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "OUR HIGH SPEED TRAIN SET THAT DEPARTED FROM SPAIN ENTERED INTO OUR COUNTRY THROUGH KAPIKULE ON NOVEMBER 20, 2007". www.tcdd.gov.tr. Turkish State Railways. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Thales to upgrade Turkish high speed line to ETCS Level 2". Railway Gazette. 2 February 2012. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.