Rail Freight Train Traffic Map

Top20 Heaviest Rail Freight Traffic in Turkey

Iron ore has the biggest volume in goods carried by freight trains in Turkey. Thus, the are mainly carrying iron ore and coal in Turkey top10 stretches for freight train traffic are in the same area, connecting iron ore mines to steel plants.

It’s striking that although the industry is mainly around Istanbul, the only stretch in the list is Halkali-Kapikule which is the 16th.

Here is the Top20 list of rail strecthes with the heaviest freight traffic based on TCDD statistics of 2013:

# Stretch* Km Train/day**
1 Narli-Toprakkale 132,5 18
2 Cetinkaya-Malatya-Narli 324 16
3 Ulukisla-Yenice 109 16
4 Cetinkaya-Divrigi 65 12
5 Toprakkale-Iskenderun 59,6 12
6 Adana-Toprakkale 78,3 11
7 Malatya-Elazig 118,9 10
8 Mersin-Adana 67,2 9
9 Kalin-Sivas-Cetinkaya 136,5 9
10 Irmak-Bogazköprü-Kayseri 310,7 9
11 Zonguldak-Irmak 416,3 7
12 Samsun-Kalin 24,3 7
13 Horozluhan-Ulukisla 247,8 5
14 Narli-Gaziantep 84,2 5
15 Bogazköprü-Ulukisla 176,2 5
16 Halkali-Kapikule 275,9 4
17 Balikesir-Bandirma 101 4
18 Polatli-Eskisehir 173,6 4
19 Maden-Batman 173,2 3
20 Dumlupinar-Cigli 341,6 3

* Some stretches in TCDD Statistics Book is combined above when lines are connected and have similar volumes.
** Trains/day is calculated by dividing total train km in mentioned stretches to total length, using statistics book of TCDD as of 2013.

Map: Onur Uysal

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