A wagon of Abdulaziz Khan's train is in Athens: The Athens Train Museum, established in 1979, reveals the history of the railway in the country. The museum, where trains used in Greece hundreds of years ago, are exhibited, is a frequent destination for tourists. One of the most important pieces of the museum is the wagon that was left over from the train that was presented to Sultan Abdulaziz.
Despite the passing time and developing technology, trains, which are still at the center of life, are not only a means of transportation, but also a symbol of longing, reunion, joy and sadness. The Train Museum in Athens also sheds light on the history of trains in Greece since its establishment in 1979.
The museum, which includes the wagons used in Greece in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, draws the attention of train enthusiasts. The invention of the steam train, which led to one of the most important changes in the world, dates back to the 18th century. The meeting of Greece with this vehicle that shaped the history coincides with 1869.
After the Peloponnese, trains spread across the whole of Greece and increased the use of trains in the country and allowed different train models to enter the country. Each train was designed to adapt to the characteristics of the geography and climate.
The pointy train used in high altitude areas for winter months cleared the railway from the snow and led to other trains. In the summer months, there were open wagons for those who wanted to go to high hills and cool areas.
SHOWN AS A HERITAGE
One of the most important parts of the museum is the wagon of Sultan Abdulaziz. The wagon fell into the hands of the Greek army during the Balkan Wars. Now it is exhibited as an Ottoman legacy in the Train Museum in Athens.
The train to which the wagon belongs consisted of five wagons: bedroom, living room, smoking room, servants room and kitchen. The cigarette room, which is the only remaining wagon today, won the admiration of train friends in Greece with its special engravings. The wagon, specially prepared for the Greek royal family in the museum, is one of the best examples of special hand work in wagon construction.
Vehicles used to repair and maintain railways are also exhibited in the museum. In the museum there is also a vehicle that is designed by combining train wheels and bicycle parts. This vehicle is known as an emergency response.
The section, which includes train models used in Greece until today, is one of the sections that attracted the most attention of train lovers. All items belonging to the train journey witness the history at the Train Museum in Athens.