Fog blankets Seydisehir town as two hikers are seen on the top of Kupe mountain in Konya, Turkey on December 25, 2015.
TRANSPORTATION, TURKEY2011 08 24
New high-speed train line launched
A new high-speed train line connecting the Turkish capital, Ankara, and the central city of Konya has been launched.
The new railway was inaugurated on Tuesday as the high-speed train (YHT) departed from Ankara arrived in Konya in one and a half hours.
The high-speed train will reduce travel time between the two cities to one and a half hour from ten and a half hours in the past.
The construction of the 309-kilometer high-speed railway and test runs took only four years and eight half years to complete, which is significantly shorter than most of such projects elsewhere in the world.
The line has been designed and built by Turkish contractors and engineers, and it is the fastest constructed high-speed railway in the world.
The project for the railway has cost one billion Turkish liras (around $600 million).
A man takes a selfie as water sprayed meters into the air, freezing to form icicles after the freezing cold in the neighborhood of Muradiye led to the explosion of a water pipeline at the Sarimehmet Dam in Van, Turkey on December 25, 2015.
A man walks on snow passing by trees of which the branches got frozen Bitlis province of Turkey on December 22, 2015.
Two women take selfies inside a snow globe during the introduction of "Erzurum Winterfest" at Genclik Park in Ankara, Turkey on December 16, 2015.
Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Prof. Dr. Aziz Sancar lays red carnations at Ataturk's mausoleum, Anitkabir in Ankara, Turkey on December 15, 2015.
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