Samsun Kalın railway project

The renewal project of Samsun-Kalin railway section, which is connecting Samsun Port at Black Sea to Central Anatolia. Samsun Kalin railway project is the biggest project done with EU funds out of EU region.

Project owner: Transport Ministry/Turkish State Railways (TCDD)

Contractor: Çelikler & Gülermak & AZD Praha Consortium

Length: 378 km


Samsun Kalın Hattı

Target commission date: 10 December 2017

Technical spects

  • Max speed: 120 km/h
  • Maks curve radius: 196 m
  • 47 tunnels (7.3 km long in total)
  • Axle load: 20 to
  • Min/max altitude: 3/1480 meter


Samsun-Kalin Railway to Close


Travel time: 5 hours

Project targets

  • Travel time to drop from 9 hours to 5 hours
  • Capacity of line to increase from 21 train to 54 train
  • Ridership to double (from 95 mn passenger-km to 168 mn passgenger-km)
  • Freight to increase by 30% (from 657 mn ton-km to 867 mn ton-km)
  • All level-crossings to be equipped by barriers

Project cost: € 258,8 mn


  • 21 July 2014 – Project announced. Last date for offers is 3 November 2014.
  • 2015 – Included in investment budget.
  • 20 January 2015 – Offers received. Best offer from Çelikler & Gülermak & AZD Praha Consortium (€ 258.8 mn).
  • 12 June 2015 – Contract inked. Contract period 900 days. Commission date 10 December 2017.
  • 31 July 2015 – Kick off.
  • 28 September 2015 – Railway section closed for traffic.

Cover Photo: Çelikler Gülermak AZD Consortium

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Samsun Port
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6 thoughts on “Samsun Kalın railway project

  1. Map shows westward extensions from Samsun Gar to Çarşamba and the industrial park. Will these be reopened or should they be deleted from the map?

    1. Thanks for quick reply – you are right that the tramway from Samsun Gar through the industrial park to Tekkeköy is running now and is being extended to the airport. But as far as I know the train line to Çarşamba has been disused for some time.

  2. Yes, but not due to Samsun-Kalin project.

    By “open”, I mean there exists a line and no engineering works on that line.

    There is most probably no traffic because it would be inefficient to run locos on that closed network with that little traffic.

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