Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that they will put an end to foreign dependency in electric locomotive production with the E-5000 National Electric Mainline Locomotive project, and said, "We have completed the body design work of our national electric locomotive, which we will produce in Eskişehir, and we have started the production."
Minister Karaismailoğlu, who came to Eskişehir by High Speed Train from Ankara, was welcomed by Eskişehir Governor Erol Ayyıldız, AK Party Provincial Chairman Zihni Çalışkan and MHP Provincial Chairman İsmail Candemir.
Karaismailoğlu, AK Party Eskişehir Deputy Nabi Avcı and his entourage visited the Turkey Rail System Vehicles Industry AŞ (TÜRASAŞ) factory and received a briefing. Karaism examining the assembly work of the E-5000 mainline locomotive
Expressing that they also received information about the works at TÜRASAŞ's Eskişehir factory, Karaismailoğlu continued his speech as follows:
“Along with other works, we examined the E-5000 Mainline Locomotive Assembly works on site. TÜRASAŞ has an annual production capacity of 80 vehicles, 45 locomotives, 150 urban rail system vehicles, 75 diesel locomotives and 1200 wagons at the factories in its regional directorates. At the same time, together with the production of vehicles in our factories; Freight wagons, locomotives, diesel train sets and passenger wagons are also maintained and repaired. With our E 5000 National Electric Mainline Locomotive project, which we had the opportunity to examine during our visit, we will put an end to foreign dependency in electric locomotive production with the domestic design of high value-added components in locomotive production. We have completed the body design studies of our National Electric Locomotive. We also started the production. Type tests and certification studies of the subsystems of the project continue in accordance with the project plan. In 2023, 2024, we will deliver 20 E5000 Mainline Locomotives to our TCDD Transportation company. Another project carried out by TÜRASAŞ is the production of a new generation 8-cylinder 1200 diesel engine. Our first domestic engine in our country with these features will strengthen the strength of our industry and our country. We will manufacture these engines ourselves, and we will not have to buy them from other countries. The assembly of the engine, which will make valuable contributions to our national economy, continues.”
CERTIFICATION PROCESS OF THE NATIONAL ELECTRIC TRAIN SET PROJECT STARTED
Pointing out that another project carried out in TÜRASAŞ factories is the National Electric Train Set Vehicle Prototype and Mass Production, Karaismailoğlu said, “Within the scope of the project, we completed the production of the first vehicle with 160 vehicle configurations in the National Electric Train Set Production at a speed of 5 kilometers per hour. The certification processes of the project, whose static and dynamic tests have also been completed, continue. Along with 3 train sets this year, we will see 2023 train sets on the rails in 2024 and 19. Our work at TÜRASAŞ is certainly not limited to these. Our Electric Train Set Design Project at a speed of 225 kilometers per hour continues at full speed. Our design work will be completed this year. At TÜRASAŞ factories, work continues on suburban electric train sets as well as long line train equipment. We started our National Suburban Electric Train Set Project in 2021. Each of our series has been designed with 4 vehicles and a capacity of 1000 passengers. We will first use these sets in our Gaziray Project. For Gaziray, each series will be produced as 4 train sets, with 8 vehicles.