25 February 2009
Turkey's first high-speed train service will begin on March 13.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate high-speed train that will make eight round trips a day between the capital city Ankara and central city of Eskisehir.
High-speed train trip will take 1 hour and 20 minutes on the nearly 210-kilometer line between the two cities.
Each train sets has the capacity to carry 419 passengers at a time.
Turkey started building high-speed rail lines in 2003. The project will link capital Ankara to Istanbul. The first phase of the project was the line between Ankara and Eskisehir. High-speed train will lower the 180-minute train travel from Ankara to Eskisehir to 80 minutes.
When High Speed Train Project is fully completed, travel time will be 3 hours between Ankara and Istanbul, which is currently 6 hours and 30 minutes.
The Turkish State Railways Administration (TCDD) purchased first high-speed train sets, with a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour, from Spain's CAF company in 2007.