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
Type High-speed rail
System Turkish State Railways
Status Operational
Locale Central Anatolia
Termini Ankara
Stations 3
Opened August 23, 2011
Owner Turkish State Railways
Operator(s) Turkish State Railways
Depot(s) Güvercinlik Yard
New Etimesgut Yard Future
Rolling stock HT65000, HT80000
Line length 212 km (131.73 mi) (From Polatlı to Konya)[2]
No. of tracks Double track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
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 (Turkish: Ankara–Konya yüksek hızlı demiryolu) is a high-speed rail line between Ankara and Konya. Yüksek Hızlı Tren (YHT) started commercial operations on 23 August 2011.[3] 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.[4] 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 joins the old Eskişehir–Afyon–Konya railway at Sarıcalar, just north of Konya and continues in parallel 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 "Opening of Ankara - Konya fast line completes strategic link". Railway Gazette. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
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  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "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.