On the 406 kilometer high-speed train line that will connect Ankara and Sivas, the rails laid in the 60-kilometer section were removed due to the problem that occurred in the “ballast”. It was determined that the ballast, which was laid along the line and planned to lift the load that would occur during transportation, was broken, sharp-edged and edged, showed aging sign after contact with the sun. It was decided to replace the ballast, which turned out to be unable to last for 5 years.
HabertürkAccording to the report of Olcay Aydilek from; “Upon TCDD's warning, the contractor company raised the rails in a 60-kilometer section. He began to replace the ballast. It is stated that this process has been completed to a great extent. Sources said that the cost (around 10 million TL) was covered by the contractor.
Among the biggest ongoing infrastructure projects in Turkey closer to the end of Sivas-Ankara High Speed Train line. Thousands of people are working overtime at tens of points along the 406-kilometer line to keep the project in the second half of this year.
Once the project is completed, travel time between Sivas and Ankara with YHT will decrease to 2 hours. It will be 5 hours between Istanbul and Sivas.
While the construction works are continuing rapidly, it was determined that there is a problem in the “ballast” laid on a part of the line. TCDD inspection teams found that there is a technical problem of "aging" in ballast in a 60 kilometer long area in their work in the field.
So, what is a ballast and what is the problem? Stones that are laid under the rails along the line, planned to lift the load that will occur during transportation, are called “ballast”. The ballast has an economic life of 5 years. It turned out that the ballast laid in this area shows a sign of "aging" after contact with the sun. It was determined that he could not bear the load and that it would soon be dispersed.
TCDD management warned the contractor firm that undertook the project. The rails of the 60-kilometer section have been removed. Ballast replacement process started. It is stated that this process has been completed to a great extent. Sources said that the cost (stated to be 10 million TL) was covered by the contractor.