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:
* 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.
Cover photo by Onur Uysal