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Old July 31st, 2009, 04:52 PM   #361
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Why are there so many promotions for level crossings on this thread?
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Old July 31st, 2009, 05:07 PM   #362
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Well done

Railway development may boost tourism throughout the country..
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Old August 4th, 2009, 12:36 PM   #363
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Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway to be ready in 2012

Yesterday, August 3, officials from Georgia and Azerbaijan announced, that a railway line from Baku to Kars through Tbilisi should be completed in 2012.

The railway line, which is a joint project between Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, envisions linking the three countries and provide a transport route to Turkey from Central Asia and Asia. The proposed project was initiated when US and European countries refused to finance similar projects, citing the exclusion of Armenia from the route.

Construction of the railway began in November 2007, with Turkey and Azerbaijan both funding the route in their respective countries and Azerbaijan providing a USD 200m loan to Georgia for the construction of the 29-kilometer that will stretch through Georgia, Asbarez reports.
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Old August 4th, 2009, 01:58 PM   #364
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Why are there so many promotions for level crossings on this thread?
Because the admins are sleeping on the job instead of banning a spammer that peddles this crap all over the forum...
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Old August 5th, 2009, 04:30 PM   #365
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Islamabad-Istanbul train link from Aug 14
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Islamabad : A freight train link between Islamabad and Istanbul via Tehran is to be launched Aug 14, Pakistan's independence day.

The train will run from Islamabad's Margala Station to Istanbul's Haydarpasa Station via Tehran Station, APP news agency reported, quoting railway officials here.

Iran would provide trans-shipment facilities at its Zahedan station on the border with Balochistan.

For this, Iranian Railways would provide a train including empty wagons 30-60 minutes before the arrival of the train from Pakistan.

Similarly Pakistan Railways would provide a train including empty wagons 30-60 minutes before the arrival of a full container train from Tehran, the officials said.

The decision to start the train was taken at a trilateral Pakistan-Iran-Turkey meeting at Tehran March 1, 2009 that discussed some of the key projects needed to improve the capacity and speed of transit traffic in the region.
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Old August 6th, 2009, 05:00 PM   #366
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Islamabad-Istanbul train link from Aug 14
By IANS,

Islamabad : A freight train link between Islamabad and Istanbul via Tehran is to be launched Aug 14, Pakistan's independence day.

The train will run from Islamabad's Margala Station to Istanbul's Haydarpasa Station via Tehran Station, APP news agency reported, quoting railway officials here.

Iran would provide trans-shipment facilities at its Zahedan station on the border with Balochistan.

For this, Iranian Railways would provide a train including empty wagons 30-60 minutes before the arrival of the train from Pakistan.

Similarly Pakistan Railways would provide a train including empty wagons 30-60 minutes before the arrival of a full container train from Tehran, the officials said.

The decision to start the train was taken at a trilateral Pakistan-Iran-Turkey meeting at Tehran March 1, 2009 that discussed some of the key projects needed to improve the capacity and speed of transit traffic in the region.



Is this going to be 100 per cent intermodal, namely containers?

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Old August 12th, 2009, 05:51 AM   #367
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Has anyone got a picture of such a train?



"Turkey: Railway line from Turkey to Iran reopened

The Razi Khoy part of the railway line between Turkey and Iran was repaired on Monday after weekly brake in operations, Fars News Agency reports.



According to the Iranian officials, 200 meters of tracks were destroyed as a result of a landslide in the area. After the line was repaired, immediately the first freight train left from Iran to Turkey."


From http://www.railwaymarket.eu.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 03:48 PM   #368
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Turkey: TCDD wants to operate Mecca-Medina high-speed line

A consortium of Turkish Railways (TCDD), Siemens and Saudi BinLadin Group is one of the four consortia willing to sign a contract for the high-speed railway line Mecca-Medina.

Technical bid will be presented in January, while the financial one in June. According to the plan, Siemens will set up the signalization system, the Saudi BinLadin Group will undertake the superstructure construction and the TCDD will operate the high-speed train for a period of 12 years on a 450-kilometer track from Mecca to Medina, writes Today’s Zaman.
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Old November 20th, 2009, 04:16 PM   #369
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Great news, but the Saudi BinLadin Group name sounds kinda strange :-)
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Old November 20th, 2009, 05:05 PM   #370
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Binladin_Group

The SBG was founded in 1950 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Laden, whose relationship with the country's founder, Abdel Aziz al Saud, led to important government contracts such as refurbishing the shrines at Mecca and Medina. Mohammed, who overall had 22 wives and 52 children, is also the father of Osama Bin Laden.(...)
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Old November 20th, 2009, 10:26 PM   #371
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Mohammed, who overall had 22 wives and 52 children, is also the father of Osama Bin Laden.(...)[/I]
22 wives? Wow...

But let's stick to the topic - when is the contruction supposed to start? And what do they mean by highspeed? 300 km/h? More/less?
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Old November 21st, 2009, 11:02 AM   #372
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A consortium of Turkish Railways (TCDD), Siemens and Saudi BinLadin Group is one of the four consortia willing to sign a contract for the high-speed railway line Mecca-Medina.
Yeah... that was inevitable, I suppose. I mean, non-Muslims are not allowed into the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and certain specialised functions such as installing and testing the signalling and communications equipment have to be performed by people with prior experiences. Turkey is the first Muslim country to accumulate such experience, so...
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 02:09 PM   #373
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It is a 444 km distance. It will be a 2 hours journey. Trains are to reach speeds up to 320 kph (some press sourced ealier said 360 kph).
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Old January 26th, 2010, 10:24 AM   #374
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nice travel by falconi... Istanbul-Eskişehir-Ankara

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Old January 28th, 2010, 11:51 PM   #375
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Konya-Adana intercity train


Izmir-Ankara Train




Ankara-Istanbul






Eskişehir Station
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Old January 29th, 2010, 07:40 AM   #376
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Wow!!!

This is so beautiful and I would love to see trains s like these all over in Turkey

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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:37 PM   #377
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Ankara-Konya HSR construction







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Old January 31st, 2010, 07:11 PM   #378
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can anyone estimate the time one will need to travel from Istanbul to Tbilisi after the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is completed? at least 50 hours I think...
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Old January 31st, 2010, 10:11 PM   #379
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Difficult to say. The present day direct train Istanbul-Kars takes 36.5 hours, and is known for its incredible delays even beyond that. From Kars it would be a ride of another 250 km, 125 km new rails, 125 old tracks in Georgia. No idea about speeds there at the moment, or how fast the Kars to Georgia link plans to be. A border crossing in this part of the world customarily takes about 2 hours for a train.
Both countries have pledged to renovate the tracks leading up to the rail link. However, the main factor is whether Turkey manages to develop its East-West highspeed rail corridor quickly. By 2013 (Istanbul-ankara HSL to finish), this should reduce the Istanbul-Kars travelling time to 30 hours. When the second section (Ankara-Sivas) finishes probably a few years later it would be only 16.5 hours. Should the whole route Istanbul-Kars become HSL it would take only 11 hours. Hope this helps your calculations.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 03:56 AM   #380
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Weird... There hasn't been any rail connection between Ankara and Konya. Now there is a high speed one. Definition of "quantum leap"
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