Turkish electrification work progresses to Izmir

TURKISH Railways (TCDD) continues to modernise its network and has extended electrification to the country’s third largest city Izmir, on the Aegean coast.

The first electric trains operated on May 15 on the 241km route from Izmir Basmane to Balıkesir, with modern Class E68000 electric locos replacing diesel locos.

Modern Turkish electric loco E68044 seen at Sabuncupinar on May 18 with train 1420 Eskişehir to Kütahya. This line was electrified in 2015. Turkish rolling stock builder TÜLOMSAŞ won the contract to build the 80 new Class E68000 electric locos in conjunction with South Korean manufacturer Hyundai Rotem. D LANGHAM

Electrification to Izmir is the first step in introducing high-speed services to the city. A new high-speed line, due to open in 2019, is being built from a junction south- west of Ankara connecting with the Konya line west to Izmir.

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