Ankara-Konya high-speed railway

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Ankara-Konya high-speed railway
TCDD HT65000 at Konya Gar.JPG
An HT65000 EMU set in Konya
Overview
Type High-speed rail
System Turkish State Railways
Status Operational
Locale Central Anatolia
Termini Ankara
Konya
Stations 2
Operation
Opening August 23, 2011
Owner Turkish State Railways
Operator(s) Turkish State Railways
Depot(s) Güvercinlik Yard
Rolling stock HT65000
Technical
Line length 306 km (190.14 mi)[1]
No. of tracks Double track
Track gauge 1,435 mm
Minimum radius 3,500 m
Electrification 25 kV, 50 Hz AC Overhead line[1]
Operating speed 250 km/h (160 mph)[1]
Maximum incline 16
The planned Turkish High Speed Rail Network.

The Ankara-Konya high-speed railway is a high-speed rail line between Ankara and Konya. Yüksek Hızlı Tren (YHT) started commercial operations on 23 August 2011.[2] Built at a cost of about TL1 billion, the line is the second high-speed rail line in Turkey, after the Ankara-Istanbul high-speed railway.[3] The line shares the same route with the İstanbul-Ankara high-speed railway from Ankara to Polatlı, from where it branches south at the large Polatlı high-speed rail junction. From Polatlı the line continues south through the plains of middle Anatolia and connects to the Eskişehir-Afyon-Konya railway at Sarıcalar, just north of Konya and continues to south to the city.

Construction started on 8 July 2006 and was finished in mid-2011. Test runs started on 3 June 2011 and the commercial runs started on 23 August. It was a turn-key project and constructed by Yapı Merkezi.

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  1. ^ a b c "Opening of Ankara - Konya fast line completes strategic link". Railway Gazette. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Invensys commissions ERTMS solution on Turkish High Speed Line". European Railway Review. 7 September 2011. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "High-Speed Rail Line Connecting Ankara-Konya Concluded". Turkish Weekly. 17 August 2011. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.