Domestic Tramway Silkworm starts journeys tomorrow

Native tram Silkworm tomorrow begins the journey time: Bursa Metropolitan produced in the Municipality of counseling and 6,5-kilometer Sculpture-Garage which will work in T1 line's first indigenous tram Turkey 'Silkworm' tomorrow (Saturday) hours begins the expedition journey in 11.00.
Under the supervision of the Metropolitan Municipality Durmazlar empty and filled mainly produced by the company successfully completed the driving test Turkey's first local tram 'Silkworm' journey begins on the expedition. The first voyage of İpekböceği, which shows the power of Turkish engineering, will be launched by President Recep Altepe at Kent Square at 11.00 tomorrow.
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Recep Altepe stated that they were happy to implement the electric tram, which was first on the agenda in 1904 but could not be realized, and reminded that they broke new ground with both the domestic tram and the urban tram line. Sharing the information compiled from the historical Bursa archives, Mayor Altepe said, “In 1904, Hacı Kamil Efendi Zade Arif Bey applied to establish and operate an electric tram instead of a horse-drawn tram in Bursa. When this did not happen, the right to establish and operate the electric tram was transferred to the municipality by the capital. On February 17, 1905, Mehmed Ali Ağa, son of Süleyman, from the notables of Aşkudere, applied to the municipality with the reference he received from the capital, as an aspirant to establish and operate the tram. Despite the stipulation that the company should be established and the construction of the building started within two years, according to the specification, when the required conditions were not met, on 20 September 1909, Aşkudereli Mehmed Ali Ağa transferred his rights to the municipality again. As a result of the tender, which was repeated later, a contract was signed with Oropedi Mauri Matis Efendi, the head office of the company in Istanbul, on 12 July 1913. The roads of the tram lines were opened and the materials started to be completed. The construction of the factories where the electricity needed for the trams will be produced has started and some of them have been partially completed. When the work came to a halt with the intervention of the First World War, the contract was terminated and the privilege was transferred to the municipality again. After the First World War, a company named Bursa Cer, Tenvir ve Kuvve-i Muharrike-i Elektrikiye Türk Anonim Şirketi was established on 23 June 1924. In the same year, the first switchboard building, tram depots and repair shops, namely today's Tedaş building, were established. However, due to the fact that the electricity produced is primarily used for industry, the desired result regarding the tram could not be obtained. According to the last contract signed in 1924, 4 lines, 5 of which are compulsory and 9 of which are preferential, were determined and still no results were obtained. The tram line, which our ancestors started to work on a century ago, was transferred to Bursa 109 years later. kazanWe are proud of climbing. Good luck to all our people," he said.

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