New Istanbul tram line to be catenary-free

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Photo: Alstom.
Photo: Alstom.

Contractor Dogus Construction has selected Alstom to supply a full APS ground-level power supply solution for the Eminönü-Alibeyköy tram line in Istanbul.

Choosing Alstom’s street-level power rail solution means that the 10km-long line will be entirely catenary-free.

Power will be picked up by contact shoes located under the vehicle on the tram’s central bogie. Conductive segments are activated when fully covered by the tram, ensuring safety for pedestrians and other road users.

As part of the contract, Alstom will design and supply the continuous traction power transmission system for the entire fleet of 30 trams, which are being made by Turkish manufacturer Durmazlar.


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The contract also includes spare parts and equipment with a warranty of two years.

Testing and commissioning of the APS system and training of the maintenance personnel and administrative staff is also included in the deal.

Alstom Middle East senior vice-president Didier Pfleger said: “We are extremely proud to provide our state-of-the-art catenary-free power supply system for the city of Istanbul, helping contribute to the preservation of its beauty.

“Alstom has long been a part of the urban transport development of this great city.”


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