IETT Nostalgic Buses are Exhibited in Kemerburgaz City Forest

iett nostalgic buses on display in the Kemerburgaz city forest
iett nostalgic buses on display in the Kemerburgaz city forest

With the cooperation of IETT and Boğaziçi Yönetim A.Ş, 1920 transportation vehicles, which have been serving in urban transportation since the 8s and are identified with Istanbul, meet with Istanbulites in Kemerburgaz City Forest. Nostalgic vehicles exhibited in the open area in the Urban Forest can be visited free of charge for 2 months.

The exhibition, presented to the attention of Istanbulites with the concept of "Nostalgia in the Forest", aims to recognize urban transportation vehicles that have undergone great changes from history to the present. Istanbulites, who will visit the exhibition, will have the chance to see and touch the buses of the city that have mixed with memories and have accumulated memories in every corner.
Details of the 8 vehicles, each of which is in the memory of millions of people in Istanbul, and the routes they operate are also on the information signs in front of the vehicles.
The 8 vehicles on display and their features are as follows:

1- 1927 model RENAULT-SCÉMIA

The French-made vehicle served between Beyazıt Square and Eminönü. In 1927, 4 Renault-Scémia buses were purchased from France to support the tram network and provide alternative transportation. From the morning of 21 October 1927, he started a campaign between Beyazıt Square-Bakırcılar-Fuatpaşa-Mercan-Fincancılar-Sultanhamam-Eminönü Old Post Office for a ticket fee of 5 kurush.

2- 1943 model SCANIA-VABİS

The vehicle was produced on a truck chassis with Turkish-Swedish joint production. When buses could not be obtained from foreign countries during the World War II, 2 trucks were imported from Sweden by the IETT administration. The boxes of these trucks were removed and closed cabins were assembled and turned into buses. Modified vehicles entered service in April 15. The fleet of 1943 buses served the people of Istanbul for 15 years between 1943-49. These vehicles, which can accommodate an average of 6 people, prevented the interruption of the bus service provided to Istanbulites during the war.

3- 1951 model BÜSSİNG 5500 TU.10

West German production Büssing-Trambus 5500-6000 model buses were purchased from Federal Germany between 1951-52. The dominant color painted on the exteriors of the Büssingler was "cherry rot" and the rest was bright "golden yellow". The Büssing 5500 and 6000 models were 9.00 meters long, 2.45 meters wide and 2.93 meters above ground. Büssing-5500s purchased from Germany cost 33 lira each. Büssing buses were decommissioned in 1980 at the age of 29.

4- 1958 model MERCEDES-BENZ O321H-L

West Germany manufactured Mercedes-Benz O321H-L model buses started to join IETT Administration in 1958. In the years when the buses were first put into service, they were operated on lines generally considered as prestige lines. With the addition of new reinforcements to the fleet in the course of time, the aging Mercedesler started to carry passengers to various extreme districts of Istanbul. The entire fleet has served in the European side of the city and connected to Şişli, Levent and Pazartekke garages throughout its 22 years of life.

5- 1968 model LEYLAND LEVEND MCW 45/34

300 MCW 45-34 model buses purchased from England's Leyland company were put into service gradually from October 1968. The Leyland-Levend MCW 45-34 model was manufactured only 300 in the world. With its unique designs, semi-automatic gearboxes, special windows that pass light but prevent heat, wide rear landings, comfortable seats and stylish looks, it was quickly embraced by Istanbulites. Leylands were taken out of service on December 24, 15, after serving for 1992 years.


6- The first Turkish trolleybus "TOSUN" built on a 1968 model LATİLLE-FLOIRAT chassis 

When it was understood that it would not be possible to increase the number of trolleybuses, which are seen to be extremely economical in urban transportation, through imports due to financial difficulties, IETT focused on an alternative solution and manufactured its own trolleybus. A group of enduring and determined IETT personnel, including electrical engineer Vural Erül, rebuilt the Latille-Floirat bus as the “First Turkish Trolleybus” after months of work. Tosun was retired after transporting hundreds of thousands of Istanbulites until June 1984, when the trolleybus network was canceled.

7- 1983 model MAN SL-200

MAN SL-1983 model buses produced in Istanbul between 86 and 200 worked for more than a quarter of a century. The fleet of 2501 solo buses, numbered 3150-650, was put into service on almost all lines of the city.

8- 1994 model IKARUS 260.25
1990 solo Ikarus 1994 model buses imported from Hungary between 1149-260.25 pulled the load of the city for a long time.

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