Turkish State Railways (TCDD) has placed a €340 million order for 10 more Velaro trains to expand its high-speed train fleet.

Siemens will supply the new trains and maintain them for three years.

TCDD originally ordered a single train in May 2013, which was taken from an existing Velaro production line in Germany.

TCDD ordered six additional units and has now won a new tender for 10 new high-speed trains.

The first two contracts included maintenance for up to seven years, spare parts and a simulator for driver training.

Photo: Siemens.

Sabrina Soussan, chief executive of Siemens’ Mobility Division, said: “Our Velaro family is continuing to grow and write new chapters in its unique success story. With its capacity and comfort, the Velaro remains a benchmark for high-speed trains.

“In Turkey, the train can fully utilize all its strengths and is already proving this in daily operation. Our flagship is running here with 99 per cent availability.”

TCDD ran its first high-speed passenger service between Ankara and Konya on May 24, 2015. All seven trains are now in service and have completed more than five million kilometres in service.

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