High-speed train to make 8 trips daily between Ankara, Eskişehir

High-speed train to make 8 trips daily between Ankara, Eskişehir

The high-speed rail line between Eskişehir and Ankara is expected to open on March 13 with a ceremony.

February 26, 2009, Thursday/ 15:34:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
Turkish State Railways (TCDD) officials have said a high-speed rail line between Eskişehir and Ankara, expected to open on March 13, will make eight trips between the two cities each day but that the exact schedule is still being drawn up.
Hoping to reduce travel time from Ankara to Bursa, Kütahya, İstanbul and İzmir via the "combined transportation" method, the TCDD has plans to provide bus transportation to Bursa from the Eskişehir train station.

A grand opening celebration for the rail line will be organized at the Ankara train station on March 13. Following the opening ceremony, the high-speed train will carry Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and a group of other officials to Eskişehir. The trip is expected to take one hour and 20 minutes. On every train, there will be three hostesses, whose uniform will be a white shirt with silver embroidery on the collar, a vest, a blazer and pants, and two mechanics dressed in a uniform similar to a pilot's uniform.

In a poll on possible names for the Ankara-Eskişehir high-speed train, Yıldırım (lightning bolt), turkuaz (Turquoise), Kardelen (Snowflake), türk hızlı Treni (Turkish Fast Train), Türk Yıldızı (Turkish Star), Çelik Kanat (Steel Wing) and yüksek Hızlı Tren (High Speed Train) were the most popular names. The Ministry of Transportation reportedly favors the names Turkuaz and Yüksek Hızlı Tren.

The trains are set to have a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour and maximum capacity of 419 passengers. The trains will feature 55 business seats, where passengers will be able to use power outlets to charge their laptops, 354 first-class seats, two handicap-accessible seats and eight cafeterias. Passengers will be able to listen to the radio and watch television on LCD screens located on the back of each seat. In the business section, which has leather seats, seating plans are two plus one, and passengers can tune in to four different radio and television channels. The seating plan for first class is two plus two. There are also special seats and restrooms for people with disabilities.

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