TURKEY’s Sakarya National EMU, the country’s first domestically designed and produced EMU, entered service on May 27 on the line from Gebze, to the east of Istanbul, to Adapazarı where it is operating five round trips per day.

The five-car 160km/h EMU was handed over by Turkish train builder Türasaş to Turkey’s national operator TCDD Taşimacilik earlier in May following the completion of testing and commissioning. Türasaş says the train has a TSI Certificate to allow it to operate in Europe.

The trains can be supplied as three, four, five or six-car sets. The five-car version has 324 seats. The Sakarya National EMU has been designed to operate on regional or inter-city services.

Two trains have been built so far. Turkey’s transport and infrastructure minister, Mr Adil Karaismailoğlu, pledged to increase the number of trains in service to four next year, with an additional 15 trains following in 2025. “By 2030, we will increase the number of trains to 56,” he said.

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