New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

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Re: New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

Postby steven » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:27 am

I did not specify a year :-)
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Re: New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

Postby Milad » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:38 pm

Azeri Railways (ADY) did announce that the cars will finally be delivered in the beginning of 2019 and regular passenger traffic should start in 3Q19 (=between July and September). This time it appears more serious than the previous announcements to me but obviously it feels like the hundredth time they announce the opening so I wouldn't count on that.

https://www.azernews.az/business/140090.html
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Re: New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

Postby Milad » Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:14 pm

The sleeping cars Azeri Railways ordered have left Switzerland and are on their way. They are built specifically for this route (to run both on western/turkish 1435mm rails and CIS 1520mm rails), so I think it should be now more or less safe to assume that passenger traffic starts summer 2019.
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Re: New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

Postby Milad » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:39 am

The passenger train has recently run for the first time on the railway, for testing purposes and without normal passengers however. I have no information when they open the railway for passengers, my guess would be the beginning of summer.
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Re: New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

Postby Milad » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:06 am

Update: The train is currently in Kazhakstan(!) - I have no idea why, but if you're interested in the train's interior, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZzwpfIoanQ
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Re: New Railway Baku-Tiblisi-Kars (Turkey)

Postby Milad » Tue May 14, 2019 7:16 pm

The train will begin running in August on the route Baku - Tbilisi - Kars - Ankara, once weekly . Not through to Istanbul as some people hoped though.
Journey time Baku - Ankara is supposedly only "slightly over 40" hours, which sounds very fast to me since the current Ankara-Kars train takes around 30 hours.

The fare in the cheapest class (4-bed couchette which equals to kupe) will be around 50 EUR.

https://railturkey.org/2019/05/06/ankar ... in-august/
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