Anatolian Express

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Anatolian Express
Overview
Service type Inter-city rail
Status Operating
Locale Northwest, Central Anatolia
First service 1927 [1]
Current operator(s) Turkish State Railways
Former operator(s) CIWL[1]
Route
Start Haydarpaşa Terminal, İstanbul
Stops 17
End Ankara Central Station, Ankara
Distance travelled 576.6 km (358.3 mi)
Service frequency Daily each way
Train number(s) 11208 (Eastbound)[2]
11207 (Westbound)[2]
On-board services
Class(es) Sleeping Class
Sleeping arrangements Private room accommodations
Catering facilities Dining Car
Baggage facilities Checked baggage available at selected stations
Technical
Rolling stock TVS2000
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 25 kV 50 Hz AC
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph) maximum
Track owner(s) TCDD

The Anatolian Express (Turkish: Anadolu Ekspresi, French: Anatolie Express) is one of the four direct train services operating between İstanbul and Ankara. The train is an overnight train consisting of eight sleeping cars and one dining car. The train was the first non-international train to consist of a sleeping car in Turkey. The train was operated by the CIWL from 1927 to 1950. From 1950 on, TCDD operates the train.

Timetable[edit]

The Anatolian Express runs every night from both termini.[3]

Outward Return
# Station Time # Station Time
1 İstanbul Haydarpaşa Terminal 22:30 1 Ankara Central 22:30
2 Söğütlüçeşme 22:34 2 Sincan 23:03
3 Bostancı 22:44 3 Polatlı 23:55
4 Pendik 23:02 4 Eskişehir Central 02:09
5 İzmit Central 23:56 5 İnönü 02:36
6 Arifiye 00:29 6 Karaköy 03:04
7 Yayla D 02:12 7 Bilecik 03:28
8 Bozöyük 02:47 8 Arifiye 04:55
9 Eskişehir Central 03:36 9 İzmit Central 05:27
10 Polatlı 05:50 10 Pendik 06:31
11 Sincan 06:41 11 Bostancı 06:53
12 Ankara Central 07:07 12 Söğütlüçeşme 07:04
13 İstanbul Haydarpaşa Terminal 07:07

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Steam & Rail - By Colin Garratt and Max Wade-Matthews, p.397
  2. ^ a b TCDD Timetables Archived April 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. - Anatolian Express
  3. ^ "Anadolu Ekspresi Tren Saatleri" (in Turkish). e-Yaşam Rehberi. Retrieved 2012-02-12.