The first passenger train between Konya and Karaman will start service at the end of this year.
The Konya-Karaman railway section was closed for passenger services in June 2014 due to engineering works. The section will be ready for conventional passenger trains by the end of this year. The first high speed train will wait for the next year.
The line is being upgraded to double-track, signalized and electrified high speed line. All level crossings on section are being upgraded to under or overpasses.
The original announcement about restarting of passenger service was for April 2015. The opening was told to be postponed due to delays in construction of over/underpasses in Konya.
By the end of this year, the DMU service between Konya and Karaman and main line services between Adana and Konya (Toros Express and Icanadolu Mavi) are expected to start. The trains can speed up to 110 km/h on this 102-km-long section.
High speed train services which will shorten the travel time between Konya and Karaman down to 40 minutes will start next year, after completion of signalization and electrification works.
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