The train, developed under a joint venture of Tüvasaş, Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and Turkey’s Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communications (UDH), was unveiled on June 15 during a visit to the Adapazarı-based manufacturer by the minister of transport and infrastructure, Mr Adil Karaismailoğlu.

The train has a design speed of up to 176km/h, with an operating speed of 160km/h. Karaismailoğlu says a train with a design speed of up to 225km/h is currently under development.

The five-car EMU has capacity to seat 324 passengers, including two seats for passengers with reduced mobility, along with air-conditioning, a fire alarm system, audio and visual passenger information and CCTV. The train also features a safety system with an automatic brake.

Testing is due to begin in August, and TCDD has already ordered 20 sets.

Tüvasaş plans to build 111 cars initially, with between three and six cars per train. The manufacturer inaugurated a new facility for the production of aluminium bodyshells for the fleet in June 2019.

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