The trains connect Ankara with Konya and
Eskisehir. An additional line to Istanbul, with a total length of 533
kilometers, is planned for the future.
The first Velaro Turkey was ordered in 2013 and went into passenger service between Ankara and Konya in May 2015. At the same time, TCDD signed a second contract with Siemens for six eight-car high-speed trains. The last twelve eight-car Velaro TR trains were ordered in 2018 and 2019. The contract included maintenance, repair, and cleaning of the trains for a period of three years. With the delivery well ahead of schedule, a record time for the start of passenger operation could be achieved. On average, the time between the contract signing and passenger operation amounts to 24 months.
The Velaro Turkey offers an optimized
capacity profile and enhanced passenger experience. Passengers can choose
between three car classes: The Business Class consisting of three compartments
with four comfort seats each; the First Class offering 45 seats; and the
Economy Class offering 426 seats.
restaurant car offers eight bistro seats in the bar and 28 seats in the
restaurant. Through innovative communication and
entertainment systems on board, passengers can access services such as video on
demand, e-books or games from their own mobile devices – or, in the Business
and First Class – from touch displays integrated in the seats.
The Velaro trains were developed for the
global market and are currently operating in Spain, France, Germany, the UK,
Belgium, Russia, China, Turkey, and the Netherlands.
This press release and further material are
available at www.siemens.com/press/velaro-turkey