Turkey railway map
Map of Turkey railway. Turkey railway map (Western Asia - Asia) to print. Turkey railway map (Western Asia - Asia) to download. The railway system is one of the weakest modes of transportation in Turkey. Although the country has 10,933 kilometers (6,778 miles) of railways running between its western and eastern borders, only 2,133 kilometers (1,322 miles) are electrified as its shown in Turkey railway map. The railroads are state-owned and operated, but rail expansion has not been politically popular for the last several decades and has lacked funding. Most commercial and public transportation, therefore, must rely on other means while the aging rail system, badly in need of renovation, is primarily used to carry minerals and bulk commodities over long distances. The government has, however, begun engaging in plans for both the modernization of existing lines and the addition of up to 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) of railway.
While the appropriation allocated for railways were 488 million TL in 2003, it reached 7 billion 929 million TL in 2013 increasing by 16 times as its mentioned in Turkey railway map. Marmaray (Ayrılıkçeşme-Kazlıçeşme) was commissioned on 29th October 2013. The line and station renewal works are ongoing on Pendik-Söğütlüçeşme and Kazlıçeşme–Halkalı sections. The signaling project of Afyon-Denizli-Isparta line section (21 stations and 338 km length) will be achieved by TCDD, TÜBİTAK and İTÜ. This signaling system is aimed to become widespread in the country. After the completion of the railway projects in Turkey, the Silk Road will gain more importance and Europe, Asia, esp. the Middle East, and the Central and Far East Asia will be interconnected by rail.
Over the next five years Turkey will expand its railway network to 18,000 kilometers (11,184 miles), according to the nation transport and infrastructure minister. Turkey started high-speed rail service over a decade ago and currently has more than 12,000 km (7,456 mi) of railway lines as you can see in Turkey railway map. The first Turkish-made electric train, with its tests to be conducted on Aug. 30, is set to hit the tracks in three months. The design and operating speeds of the first such train were planned at 176 km per hour (109.3 mph), and 160 km/h (99.4 mph), respectively.