Container train services, which will carry cargo between Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad, are restarting mutually as of 15 July 2012. Organized last month in Ankara under the chairmanship of TCDD, with the participation of the railway authorities of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) countries. ECO 11th Meeting of Heads of Railway Organizations, bore fruit. The Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad train, which made its test voyage on 14 August 2009 and was canceled on 25 November 2011 due to delays in cruising times in Pakistan, is being brought back to life.
In the trilateral meeting between Turkey, Iran and Pakistan railway officials; It was decided to restart Istanbul Tehran Islamabad train services on July 15. The journey time of the train, which will be operated every 6 days on the 543 thousand 15 kilometer Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad route, will be 18 days in the first place and then 11 days. The journey time of the train, which will travel 6 thousand 543 kilometers in total on the route of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan, will be 18 days in the first place, and then 11 days.
Train load can be given at different points
The train, whose departure point from Turkey is Izmit Kosekoy, can also be loaded from different points. TCDD officials stated that due to the line differences in Pakistan, the loads were transferred to Pakistani wagons in Zahedan, and noted that the companies that will load the train should have a representative for the railway and customs procedures in Iran and Pakistan.
Officials in Turkey and the handling fee and additional charges of Iranian trails in Turkey, while the transport costs and additional expenses of Pakistan stated trails payable in Pakistan. The train is expected to contribute significantly to trade relations between the two countries.
The Istanbul Tehran Islamabad train, which made its first test flight in 2009, has carried out 14 commercial and 15 aid flights so far. Train services were terminated in 2011 due to delays in Pakistan.