Haydarpasa Train Station
Continuation from the book The Legacy of Sultan Abdülhamid II ...
Still, when it comes to Haydarpasa Station, is it possible not to travel to memories?
My childhood there, in my youth, I'd get in my old age middle age transition as well ... but this is Turkey. What remains so that Haydarpaşa remains in its place?
Who can find her house where she was born? Years later, who is not disappointed when he goes to the park where he plays the game?
Now the train services have taken off for two years. It will start again, but not from Haydarpasa anymore, but Bir Birleşik Gebze-Halkalı Passengers who will travel without seeing Haydarpaşa on their line, let alone stop by.
Stations of my childhood, Pendik, Süreyyaplajı, Kartal Nizam Beach, İçmeler, Tuzla. Almost every week… My uncles used to sit in Pendik, I would come just to take the train, that's all.
I am young, in University Adapazarı, of course I can go by train, is there another way for me? I get on the train from Haydarpaşa on Sunday evening, give Adapazarı after two and a half hours. When it comes to Friday, the same adventure is reversed this time, let's see Haydarpaşa again.
Later, when I was sailing in middle life, I invented trips just to be able to get on the train, and I gathered the people. At certain times of the year, Ankara, Denizli… It was amazing, it was great. Although coincidentally we were always gone in winter, Ankara welcomed us with sunshine. I miss you very very much.
Here's how much I like to see the trains, rails and the construction of the Haydarpasa station?
Railways entered the Ottoman Empire earlier than many other innovations. One of the reasons for this was that the railroad would connect the Ottoman Empire more tightly to the world economy, where Europe was influential, and strengthen the state's administrative and military control over the Anatolian provinces.
The construction of the rails begins during the reign of Sultan Abdulaziz. First, in 1869, rails began to be laid on European soil with the Rumeli Railways Company. Then the Asian lands come to the fore. Abdulaziz decides that the big project, whose main line is between Istanbul and Baghdad, should be realized by the state, not by foreign capital. For the financing of the project, the construction of which started in 1871, the state goes to domestic borrowing by issuing railway bonds. Due to the financial crisis in 1875 and the lack of experience and qualified personnel, the project was left unfinished.
When Abdülhamid II ascends the throne, he puts his hand on this issue; he does not face British and French capitalists competing for grabbing railroad concessions, and negotiates with Germany, which has emerged as a new force in this regard. He thinks that Germans are less dangerous than other countries. When we look at the Ottoman lands occupied by others, it decides that the Germans want to enter this business for economic benefit, not just to enter our territory.
The Germans are very quick to track the miles until they arrive in 1898.
When the line reaches Konya, the number of passengers and business volume in Haydarpaşa increases. Currently, a large station building is needed instead of the makeshift station building. Abdlhamid II, in 1898, the German Emperor II. Agrees with Wilhelm. The construction of the station started on May 30, 1906. Since there will also be the Headquarters building of the Railway company, the Germans plan to build a very magnificent building here.
The architectural project competition is opened. German Philipp Holzmann & Co. Architects Otto Ritter and Helmut Cuno of the company win. Building, Neo-Rönesans It is built in style. The pink granite foundation from Hereke is set on 21 wooden piles, 1700 meters long, driven into the sea. Brick filling is made between the main structure, which consists of connecting iron beams with a bolting system without using any welding. Due to this feature, the building is highly resistant to earthquakes. Baroque ornaments on the ceilings and interior surfaces of the arch columns, and the lion's head motif is frequently seen on the leaded stained glass windows and doors. The stone in the color of naphtha used on the facade of the station building is also brought from Lefke (Osmaneli).
Although the passenger section of Haydarpaşa Train Station was put into service during the reign of Abdulhamid II, the official opening of the station coincided with the birthday of Sultan Mehmet Reşad, as the sultan was dethroned without seeing the official opening, on November 4, 1909.