Haydarpaşa-Adapazarı Regional

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Haydarpaşa-Adapazarı Regional
Adapazari Express at Haydarpasa.JPG
Train #11612 about to depart Haydarpaşa in October 2011.
Overview
Service type Regional rail
Status Operating
Locale Northwestern Anatolia
First service 6 February 1977
Last service 1 February 2012
Successor Ada Express
Current operator(s) TCDD
Former operator(s) CFOA
Route
Start Haydarpaşa Terminal, İstanbul
Stops 29
End Central Station, Adapazarı
Distance travelled 144.4 km (89.7 mi)[1]
Average journey time 2h58m (Eastbound)
2h58m (Westbound)
Service frequency 24 daily
Train number(s) 11601-11624
On-board services
Seating arrangements Coach
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph) max
Track owner(s) TCDD
Route map
Distance Station
0 Haydarpaşa
1.4 km (0.87 mi) Söğütlüçeşme
6.2 km (3.9 mi) Erenköy
9 km (5.6 mi) Bostancı
14.3 km (8.9 mi) Maltepe
20.1 km (12.5 mi) Kartal
24.4 km (15.2 mi) Pendik
44.1 km (27.4 mi) Gebze
55.1 km (34.2 mi) Diliskelei
59.3 km (36.8 mi) Tavşancı
63.7 km (39.6 mi) Hereke
71.5 km (44.4 mi) Kirazyalı
73.7 km (45.8 mi) Körfez
74.8 km (46.5 mi) Seramik
80 km (50 mi) Tütünçiftlik
83.8 km (52.1 mi) Derince
85.8 km (53.3 mi) Koruma
91.2 km (56.7 mi) İzmit
93.6 km (58.2 mi) Kırkikievler
99.7 km (62.0 mi) Köseköy
109.5 km (68.0 mi) Büyükderbent
111.8 km (69.5 mi) Maşukiye
119.1 km (74.0 mi) Kırkpınar
123.5 km (76.7 mi) Sapanca
126.8 km (78.8 mi) Uzunkum
131.5 km (81.7 mi) Arifye
138.1 km (85.8 mi) Mithatpaşa
139.9 km (86.9 mi) Adapazarı

The Haydarpaşa-Adapazarı Regional also referred to as Adapazarı Express (Turkish: Adapazarı Bölgesel Ekspresi) was a regional rail service, that ran between Istanbul and Adapazarı. For the majority of its time in service, it was the second-busiest route of the Turkish State Railways, after the Adana-Mersin Regional. Trains served a heavily populated region on the north-east shores of the Sea of Marmara, and the Sakarya plain so service was frequent, with 12 trains daily in each direction in 2012. The Regional service also passed through these important districts of Istanbul: Kadıköy, Maltepe, Kartal, Pendik, Tuzla as well as Gebze, İzmit and Adapazarı. Because of the cities the trains service, it had earned the nickname Metropolitan Express.[2] The train used to service Coşkunoğulları station until the TOE (Turkish Automotive Industry) factory was closed in 1991. It also serviced Acısu, Tepetarla and Kurtköy stations until 1998. Due to the construction of the Istanbul-Ankara high-speed railway, the Haydarpaşa-Adapazarı Regional was discontinued on 1 February 2012 in order to rehabilitate the existing railway line. On 5 January 2015 service between Arifiye and Pendik was reopened with new faster regional service known as the Ada Express.

Equipment[edit]

Trains were usually 6-8 cars long with a single electric locomotive for motive power. Towards the end of its run, trains were usually equipped mostly with the Regional Fleet and a few Intercity Fleet cars. On occasion, a train was double-headed for special purposes.

Before TCDD rehabilitated its old intercity and regional fleet, the electric locomotives which pulled trains were the E40000 or the E52500 series, and cars consisted of black and red regional cars that were built by TÜVASAŞ primarily for this service. Also during the 1990s, MT5600 were used for a brief period of time, but due to ridership these DRCs couldn't handle the capacity. In the late 2000s/early 2010s trains used refurbished regional and intercity cars that came into service in the 1970s, with the conductor car being either the first or last car. The E43000 were the only type of locomotives that pulled trains, as well as pulling express service on the line to Ankara and other cities. Also the route was the last stronghold for regional cars, as they were replaced with DMUs on other routes. Sometimes E14000 EMUs, used for commuter service in İstanbul and previously Ankara, were used for special holidays or weekend service when extra equipment was needed.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CFOA History - Trains and Railways of Turkey, Trainsofturkey.com.
  2. ^ a b Adapazari metropol ekspresi - wowturkey.com

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