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Turkish State Railways (TCDD) - Articles and news items

Vectron locomotive authorised in Czech Republic and Turkey

Rail industry news / 31 March 2015 /

Implementation of the multi-system version of the Siemens Vectron locomotive has been granted by Czech and Turkish rail authorities.

Turkey uses resources wisely to develop rail network

Issue 1 2015 / 13 February 2015 /

Since 2003, the Turkish government has been paying great importance to investing in the country’s railway system and deeming the mode as being one of the most important aspects of growing sustainable development. Süleyman Karaman, Director General of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), explains that resources have been allocated to the railway sector for high-speed projects, the modernisation of the current system, the development of an advanced railway industry, and for restructuring…

Indra will implement a high-speed traffic management system and rail network planning system in Turkey for €43m

Rail industry news / 11 September 2014 /

State Turkish Rail has handed Indra a contract to implement a planning system for its entire rail network, as well as a high-speed train management system, for €43 M…

Turkey’s Marmaray Project: a 153-year-old dream becomes reality

Issue 2 2014 / 11 April 2014 /

On 29 October 2013, an inauguration ceremony took place in Turkey to mark the opening of a rail tunnel beneath the Bosphorus, connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Part of the wider Marmaray Project, this rail connection is built 60m below sea level and is the world’s deepest immersed tube tunnel and constructed to withstand earthquakes…

Siemens signaling technology links Europe and Asia

Rail industry news / 29 October 2013 /

The Turkish State Railways opened the roughly 13-kilometer-long Marmaray tunnel in Istanbul for revenue service on October 29, 2013…

Alstom awarded 2-year maintenance services contract for 12 High Speed trains by Turkish State Railways

Rail industry news / 6 November 2012 /

Alstom has signed a contract worth around €22.3 million…

Turkey’s continuing developments

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

The history of railways in Turkey can be analysed in four periods. First was the Ottoman Period between 1856 and 1922 when foreigners were granted concessions and 4,136km of railway lines were constructed. Second was the Republic Period between 1923 and 1950 when developments were fast and bright and 3,764km of railway lines were constructed (approximately 134km annually) and the railway transportation share was 68% for passenger and 42% for freight. Third was the Negligence Period between 1950 and 2003 when only 945km of railway lines were constructed in total over the 52 years. The fourth period is from 2003 onwards when the railways were re-granted a well-earned prominence. The main focus of this article shall be the period after 2003.

After 52 years of negligence, railway con – struction in Turkey has considerably increased since 2003. After railway construction was made a state policy, the following four activity points were set:

Thales to deploy ETCS Level 2 on Turkey’s first high-speed rail line

Rail industry news / 1 February 2012 /

Thales has signed a new €20 million signalling contract with Turkish State Railways (TCDD)…

Turkey storms ahead with developments and investments

Issue 2 2011 / 6 April 2011 /

When the worldwide and European Union transportation policies of the last 30-years are analysed, it will be observed that some radical changes have taken place elevating railways to a prioritised position so that the share of railways in the transportation sector increases and a balance between the transportation modes is acquired. In this respect, some effective measures have been taken oriented towards improving the shares of passenger railways and freight transportation to render it competitive with other transportation modes.

Within this framework, some fundamental changes were made to the transportation policies of Turkey and a significant amount of resources was allocated to make railways the ‘priority’ sector.

Invensys Rail Dimetronic will implement the first ERTMS Level 2 system in Turkey

Rail industry news / 26 January 2011 /

TCDD trusted Yapı Merkezi and Invensys Rail Dimetronic for the implementation of its ERTMS Level 2 FUTUR 2500 system in the High Speed Line…