Statement released by Siemens in 2015
Following the successful conclusion of all tests in 2014, the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) authorized the multi-system version of the Vectron locomotive in March 2015. The authorization covers the entire Vectron family, paving the way for the Vectron’s operation in Turkey. As part of the authorization tests, a Vectron equipped with Turkish and European train control system (ETCS) not only operated on conventional routes, but was also tested and used in service on the high-speed rail line between Istanbul and Ankara operating at speeds up to 200 kilometers an hour. The Vectron mastered all the commercial test operations as well as heavy-duty loads. The tests covered a total of more than 25,000 kilometers.
Siemens Vectron 193821 was the demonstrator unit in Turkey from October 2013 to December 2014.
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