9th of September Express

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9th of September Express
The 9 Eylul Ekspres at Ayvacik Station.JPG
The 9th of September Express at Ayvacık station.
Service type Intercity rail
Status Discontinued
Locale Western Turkey
First service 8 September 2003[1]
Last service 20 January 2010
Current operator(s) Turkish State Railways
Start Basmane Terminal, İzmir
Stops 31
End Ankara
Distance travelled 824 km (512 mi)
Average journey time 13 hours, 25 minutes (Eastbound)
13 hours, 6 minutes (Westbound)
Service frequency Daily each way
On-board services
Seating arrangements Coach Seating
Sleeping arrangements Sleeping Car
Catering facilities Dining Car
Baggage facilities At select stations
Rolling stock TVS2000
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed 100 km/h (62 mph)
Track owner(s) TCDD

The 9th of September Express (Turkish: 9 Eylül Ekspresi) was an overnight train, operated by the Turkish State Railways, from Basmane Terminal, İzmir to Ankara Central Station, Ankara. The name of the service refers to 9 September 1922, the date on which the Greek occupation of İzmir ended after World War I.

The journey from İzmir to Ankara took 13 hours and 25 minutes, while the journey from Ankara to İzmir took 13 hours and 6 minutes.[2] The train serviced 6 provincial capitals: İzmir, Manisa, Balıkesir, Kütahya, Eskişehir and Ankara.

Along with the Karesi Express and İzmir Blue Train, the 9th of September Express was one of three trains to operate between Ankara and İzmir.

The Karesi Express operated between İzmir and Ankara since 1938. However the Karesi had no sleeping cars. Demand for more services between the two cities had bben rising. So on April 1, 1972 the 9th of September Express made its first journey in about 14 hours. In the 1980s the İzmir Blue Train was added making 3 daily trains between İzmir and Ankara. On January 20, 2010 the 9th of September Express was discontinued, due to low ridership.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 9 Eylul Ekspresi
  2. ^ TCDD Raillife magazine 34th edition (October 2008) - Page 76