The first Chinese freight train traveling the China Railway Express line from Xi’an, China to Europe crossed under Istanbul’s Bosporus Strait Thursday morning after setting off from Ankara a day earlier.

The train crossed into Europe using Istanbul’s Marmaray subsea tunnel, reaching the Kazlicesme railway station in Zeytinburnu, Istanbul.

The containers were transported in two parts, with 21 of them pulled by a locomotive of Turkish State Railways and the remainder by a Chinese locomotive.

On Wednesday Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan said the line, which has been in operation since Oct. 30, 2017, has reduced cargo transportation time between

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