814 - Railway works - Steve Hobson

Electrification at full speed


Electrification works of TCDD continues very fast.

2317 km of Turkish conventional rail network is electrified. By 2023, TCDD aims to have 100% electrification. Electrification works continue on 1352-km-long conventional line where there’s dense traffic.

Electric locos has low energy and maintanance costs. Thus, more electrification will provide decrease in railway costs. Private operators also follow electrication works very closely, since they don’t want to invest in diesel locos for new investments.

Electrification in Turkish railways - December 2017
Electrification in Turkish railways – December 2017

As of end of 2017, electrified stretches are as follows:

Electrified conventional lines - 2017 December
Electrified conventional lines – 2017 December

Electrification works continue on these stretches:

Electrification works - 2017 December
Electrification works – 2017 December

On 5 stretches, preliminary analysis continue:

Electrification projects - 2017 December
Electrification projects – 2017 December

In addition to these stretches, 3 more stretches are listed for electrification works in 2018 network statement:

Electrification projects - 2018 networks statement
Electrification projects – 2018 networks statement

When all electrification works completed which has already started, total length of electrified lines will reach to 4919 km. Thus, 60% of conventional network will be electrified.

With the remaining 3 stretches listed in 2018 network statement, the electrified conventional network will reach to 6153 km which is 75% of total conventional network.

Cover Photo: Steve Hobson ©

Written by Onur Uysal

Railway consultant. Owner of RT Media & Consultancy. Founder and editor of Rail Turkey.

One comment

  1. Turkey can teach the British a lesson or two about electrification!
    Here in Britain the government has just cancelled most of the planned electrification because rail infrastructure organisation Network Rail is so inefficient.

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