On 20.09.2013, a Velaro test train left Wegberg-Wildenrath for a long trip over the Bosporus to Turkey. The high speed train set was originally built for the German railways (DB / Tz 701) but will now be testbed train for this new customer of Siemens Rail Systems. - WS
The Turkish railways (TCDD) placed an order for seven Velaro high speed trains in July. Six trains will be newly built sets. They will be operated on the Ankara - Konya and Ankara - Istanbul routes.
After the train arrived in Munich, a Vectron locomotive was added to the convoy. It is the second new Vectron MS locomotive that left Munich this week after 193 820 was transported to Poland. The new 193 821 has no red fronts, but does have special vinyls for promotion in Turkey. - AK