Ankara–Konya high-speed railway
|Polatlı–Konya high-speed railway|
An HT65000 EMU set in Konya
|System||Turkish State Railways|
|Opened||August 23, 2011|
|Owner||Turkish State Railways|
|Operator(s)||Turkish State Railways|
New Etimesgut Yard Future
|Rolling stock||HT65000, HT80000|
|Line length||212 km (131.73 mi) (From Polatlı to Konya)|
|Number of tracks||Double track|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Minimum radius||3 500 m|
|Electrification||25 kV, 50 Hz AC Overhead line|
|Operating speed||250 km/h (160 mph)|
|Maximum incline||16 ‰|
The Polatlı-Konya high-speed railway (Turkish: Polatlı-Konya yüksek hızlı demiryolu) is a 211 km (131 mi) long high-speed railway running from the town of Polatlı to the central Anatolian city of Konya.
The railway is used by the Turkish State Railways' premier high-speed passenger service, Yüksek Hızlı Tren, which operates two routes on the line; Istanbul-Konya and Ankara-Konya. The railway was opened on 23 August 2011, making it the second high-speed railway in Turkey.
Construction of the railway started on 8 July 2006 and was finished in mid-2011 at a cost of TL1 billion ($330 million). On 3 June 2011, TCDD HT65001 Piri Reis made the inaugural test run with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Minister of Transport Binali Yıldırım; departing Ankara and arriving at Konya with large media fanfare. Test runs continued for two and a half months until the line was opened to commercial traffic on 23 August.
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- "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.
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