2003 – 216 km long railway was completed in the eighth 10 years of Turkish Republic. Construction of first high speed train line (Ankara-Polatlı-Eskişehir) started. First DE 33000 was produced under the licence of General Motors.
2004 – The project of speeding up the passenger trains using the maximum possible speed on the line had been stopped after the train accident at Pamukova where 36 passengers lost their lives.
First high speed train
2009 – The first high speed line of Turkey opened between Ankara and Eskişehir.
2011 – Polatlı-Konya high speed line opened. High speed train service between Ankara and Konya started.
2012 – Production of DE 36000 (Powerhaul) under the licence of General Motors started.
Asia and Europe connected by rail
2013 – 240 km long conventional and 888 km high speed railway was completed in the ninth 10 years of Turkish Republic. Marmaray tunnel connecting European and Asian sides of Istanbul opened. Law for liberalization of railway transportation in Turkey published. Suburban lines were closed for engineering works. First E68000 electric loco was produced under licence of Hyundai Rotem.
2014 – Eskişehir-İstanbul (Pendik) high speed line opened (conventional line used partially).
2015 – The first locally produced electric shunting loco E1000 was on rail.
TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ founded
2016 – TCDD is splitted into two as infrastructure operator and train operator. TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ became the first train operator of Turkey.
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