For many years the only international services to / from Europe have been provided by the Bosphorus Express, which conveyed sleeping and couchette cars from Istanbul to Sofia and Bucharest each night.
TCDD – or to be more exact TCDD Tasimacilik AS – operates just sixteen classic long-distance train services (as opposed to the YHT network of high speed trains).
In the Rail Turkey News post published on 22 January 2016 the Governor of Mersin is quoted as stating that the journey time from Mersin to Adana will be reduced to just 30 minutes once all the rebuilding and electrification works are completed.
For open-access railway operators to be successful, first they must provide a service which the market wants.
Jean Patrick Charrey’s recent articles on liberalization of the Turkish rail network in the light of the European experience have prompted me to respond.
There are several different ways of defining the capacity of a railway line.
The most significant difference between high speed passenger trains and freight services is – of course – speed. When passenger and freight services wish to share the same tracks, you have to consider both the technical aspects and the capacity issues.