As Turkey accepted the European standards and Turkish wagon industry focused on international market, companies faced an important and “expensive” step: Certification and inspection.
The China-Turkey-Europe train passed through Ankara, which kept closed to freight traffic for a long time.
Two new trains restarted in 2019, Ankara and Goller expresses are welcomed by travellers. However there are disappoinments as well.
Preparations for freight trains to cross Bosphorus via Marmaray tunnel is completed.
Goller Express, the Izmir-Isparta train, will start service on 25th of October, 2019.
TCDD Tasimacilik increased domestic rail freight tariff to be valid from today.
The new investment of Volkswagen in Turkey has carried the “freight trains through Marmaray” topic to top.
Tekirdag Derince rail ferry which connects Europe and Asia for freight trains will stop service for 15 days.
The start of Baku Ankara overnight train service is postponed.
Though rail freight increased in last two years after liberalization, it’s still far from meeting expectations.
Stadler announced a sales contract of 7 locos with Turkish private train operator, Korfez Ulastirma.
Tudemsas, subsidiary of TCDD for manufacture of freight wagons, is getting prepared for export of 150 container wagons to Europe.
Transasia Express has restarted after 4 years between Tehran and Ankara.
Overnight service with sleepers will start between Istanbul and Ankara after 7 years.
It becomes really hard to follow the changes done and announced about passenger train services this summer.