Test run of E1000 completely developed by national technology was started by the attendance of Mr. Fikri Işık, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, Mr. Nabi Avcı, Minister of National Education, Mr. Güngör Azim Tuna, Mayor of Eskişehir, Mr. Talat Aydın, Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication, high-level bureaucrats and the public.
18 scientists were assigned in the project of which was carried out with the partnership of TCDD, TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM) and Turkey Locomotive and Machine Industry Inc. (TÜLOMSAŞ).
National Project, of which 18 scientists were assigned and supported by TÜBİTAK, was completed after an intensive work program in 4 years. With electrified locomotive E1000, Turkey reached the position of both designer and manufacturer of traction converter, traction control unit, train control and management system only the developed countries have in the world and consisting of highest components on added values in rail vehicle sector.
All laboratory, software and infrastructure works, factory and track tests, proto-type manufacturing of E1000, which rise to prominence with modern drive and 1 megawatt traction system, was realized with a 100 % local content. The technologies that Turkey have in this project can be adapted to many rail vehicles as well as light rail vehicles to high speed trains.
In line with the targets 2023 of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication, with the national technologies owned by the project, Turkey will be able to design, manufacture and sell locomotives without sticking to abroad. The national electrified locomotive E1000, which will gain speed to Turkey in export, leads the manufacturing of high performance mainline locomotive, high speed train and urban rail vehicle as well as decreases the current deficit.
“E1000 MAKES US EXPERIENCE THE DESERVED PRIDE”
In the opening ceremony, Mr. Fikri Işık, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, expressed that “You have two choices in the industry. You will be either a consuming and importing country or a manufacturing and exporting country. In this point, E1000 makes us experience the deserved pride. The place of Eskişehir for this pleasure is very different. It is not only an adventure intersection of railway in Turkey. Devrim, the first national car, was also manufactured here. If today’s political understanding had been in 1961, I have no doubt that Turkish brand, Devrim would have been one of the most preferred brands in the world. We believe in our power as Turkey. We will take important steps on the national and local manufacturing. Because, we reached the position of having Re-De capability in locomotive sector on the world and product developing country by E1000. Now, it is the time to start mass production phase. Rail systems is a sector increasing in demand in the world day by day. It is estimated that 18 billion Dollars would be invested in the forthcoming years. We will become assertively a participating country in the world market with E1000, high speed train and national locomotives.” by indicating that the railway adventure of Turkey dated to pre-Republic.
“E1000 IS A PROJECT TO ADDRESS THE INSPIRATION OF CENTURY”
In the ceremony, Mr. Nabi Avcı, The Minister of National Education, underlined that the stories of some cities have railway theme and stated that Eskişehir is also one of those cities and the railway in its culture is very important. Mr. Avcı, expressed that “The dream of connecting our geography with railways is going on. We have projects which will revive Silk road through the railway lines. High speed trains are also started to be operated on our lines. E1000, a local project added to the system today, will address to the inspiration of the century. As being from Eskişehir, we are glad to host this beneficial development. I thank to those who contributed to this Project.”
“ESKİŞEHİR HAS A POTENTIAL FOR ACHIEVING GREATER PROJECTS”
Mr. Güngör Azim Tuna, Mayor of Eskişehir, focused that the Project is an important milestone and indicated that Eskişehir has a potential for achieving greater projects. Also, he stated that TÜLOMSAŞ is our national value and explained that it has been come a long way together with the universities and national industry administrations in the field of railway sector.
“E1000 IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR EXPANDING ABROAD”
Mr. Talat Aydın, Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication, expressed that “E1000, has an important place within the high speed and rapid railway projects since 2003. We speed up mainly national train works in line with the national projects for high speed and rapid transportation. We have important targets like the manufacturing of rail connection components, travers factory, diesel or electrified locomotive and coaches. In this point, we have important studies. By the valuable contribution of our universities, we will increase our studies which have modern drive on the railways. we congratulate those who contributed to E1000 and thank them.” by focusing that 100 % local electrified locomotive, developed by the leadership of TÜBİTAK MAM and TÜLOMSAŞ, is an important step for expanding abroad.
“E1000 IS AN IMPORTANT NOTE TO BE MADE HISTORY”
In the opening ceremony, Mr. Hayri Avcı, Director General of TÜLOMSAŞ, explained that “National electrified locomotive E1000 is totally an engineering success. With this project, we became one of the rare countries in the world which develop their own hardware and software in locomotive sector. We will begin to manufacture electrified mainline locomotive with our brand as of 2016. Another further important project is National High Speed Train. We are maintaining our studies for its manufacturing. We thank all the people who worked and supported E1000, the demonstrator and herald of this vision.” by defining that an important vision is prepared in order to re-structure of railways since 2004.
“WE ARE HAPPY TO GAIN E1000 TO OUR COUNTRY”
Mr. Bahadır Tunaboylu, The Head of TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center, expressed that “We hope E1000, realized by the partnership of TÜBİTAK MAM, TÜLOMSAŞ and TCDD will be beneficial for our country. We will be able to use the technologies that we gained, trained labour force, our designing ability, innovation and our traction systems having advanced technology in different stronger rail projects. We will continue to develop new technologies.” by stating that E1000, in which all the components in rail vehicle sector are manufactured with a %100 local content, costed 9.5 million TL.