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Baku Tbilisi Kars railway project


  • 1993
    Turkey-Armenia border crossing is closed.
  • Jan 2005
    Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey agreed for a new railway connection.
  • Nov 2007
    Kick off ceremony at Marabda (Tiflis) by participation of presidents of three countries.
  • May 2008
    Özgün Yapı & Çelikler consortium is awarded for Kars-Akhalkalaki stretch. Deadline is 700 days.
  • Jul 2008
    Construction works started at Kars. Target commission date was announced as 2010.
  • Jun 2014
    Azerbijan Railways agreed with Stadler for the production of passenger coaches to run between Baku and Istanbul.
  • Jan 2015
    First test train run on renewed Ahkalkalaki-Tblisi section.
  • Jul 2017
    First test train run between Kars and Turkish-Georgian border.
  • Oct 30, 2017
    First freight train on this route departed from Baku towards Mersin after a ceremony.
  • Nov 4, 2017
    First train on Baku-Tbilisi-Kars has completed 2000-km-long route from Baku to Mersin in 5 days.
  • Nov 28, 2017
    First train in eastward direction to Azerbaijan via Baku-Tblisi-Kars departed.
  • Jun 2018
    Bogie exchange is succesfully tested at Akhalkalaki. The grain wagons coming from Baku continued to Kars with bogie exchange at Akhalkalaki.
  • Oct 2018
    110k tons of freight carried with 116 trains via Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in first year.
  • Mar 29, 2019
    The first passenger set produced by Stadler that’ll give service on Baku-Tbilisi-Kars has reached Baku.
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  1. I’ve been following this project off and on for quite some time. It stands to strengthen links between Turkey with Asia — and that’s all to the good!


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