Terminals are the hearts of rail freight, playing an important role on the competitiveness of rail against other modals.
The capabilities of freight terminals show big variety in Turkey, from single siding with very little ramp to huge logistic centers.
TCDD is building 18 logistics centers all around Turkey, some of which are in our list.
The quality of terminals are determined by location, management, customs services, warehouses, rail/handling/trucking services, connections and facilities.
Here are the best 10 rail freight terminals of Turkey:
#10 – Kaklık Logistics Center
Owned and managed by TCDD. It’s a little far away from industrial regions in Denizli. It has sidings for different type of goods and strong rail services in terminal, but no warehouse, no regular service to ports, no rail connection to any plant, no facility like restaurant, public service etc nearby.
#9 – Köseköy Logistics Center
Owned and managed by TCDD. It’s one of the few freight terminals covering the most industrialized region of Turkey, Istanbul Asian side and Izmit. It has bounded area, but customs office is far away. It’s close to Derince and Evyap ports, but has no regular service. There’s no facility for staff in or around the terminal. Sidings are quite well, but does not have warehouse.
#8 – Balıkesir Gökköy Logistics Center
Owned and managed by TCDD. It’s close to Balıkesir industrial zone, but has not much freight traffic yet. There are sidings for different type of goods, but terminal administration office doesn’t manage the handling services. There’s no facility like restaurant, bank etc in the terminal.
#7 – Hasanbey Logistics Center
Owned and managed by TCDD. The terminal is at east of Eskişehir, not far away from industrial zone. Hasanbey is well designed by huge open storage area, long sidings for different type of goods and has strong in-terminal rail services. But there’s no warehouse, no regular service to ports, no rail connection to any plant and no facility for staff.
#6 – Biçerova Terminal
Owned and managed by TCDD. It’s at the backyard of Nemrut Bay ports and has regular container train service from Manisa. The terminal is mainly used for container trains, has enough sidings and open storage area, but has no warehouse. A direct rail connection to ports is planned. There’s no facility for staff in the terminal.