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Rail Transport

What is it about railways that stirs the soul so - especially steam ones? Surely every child, at some stage, wanted to be an engine driver - or at least own a model railway. Well, the child in us all is amply catered for at the Museum, as our collection includes everything from a tiny HO gauge model railway to a mighty 76 ton Prussian G10 steam locomotive - by way of narrow gauge locomotives, electric tram, and the unique cable-operated Tünel carriage and its mighty steam engines. Please click here for a list of major objects on display.

 
 
Rail Car"La Littorina"”
A railcar is a self-propelled railway vehicle designed to transport passengers. The term “railcar” is usually used in reference to a single coach with a driver’s cab and engine at both ends.
Manufactured by Fiat in 1937 in Italy, the ALn 56 1903 was among a series of self-propelled railcars which operated on the Italian Rail System. The interior and general design of the rail car represents the pre 1930’s European style of decoration. The “Littorina” was named by an Italian journalist after the city of Littoria.
The Littorina ALn 561903 on display is a rare and important item bearing the technical and aesthetic characteristics of the 1930’s and it is intact with all the original fittings and accessories.

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum obtained the railcar on loan from theThe Wolfsonian– Florida International University (FIU) for 10 years. It was transported to the Rahmi M. Koç Museum with the sponsorship of Tofaş (Turkish Automobile Factory Co. Inc) in March 2011. The railcar which was damaged by the Hurricane Andrew has undergone careful restoration by the Museum and Tofaş workers.
 
Kadiköy - Moda Tram
 
A great favourite with children, especially on Saturdays when a real tram driver relives the heyday of the electric tramways. This much-loved tram was built by Siemens of Germany in 1934 and for served for over thirty years until 1966. In 1955 the line was handed over to the IETT (Istanbul Electricity, Trams and Trolleybuses).
 

Sultan's Carriage

This beautifully restored coach was built in 1866 at Saltley, Birmingham by the Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon Company for Sultan Abdul Aziz and presented to him as a gift from the Ottoman Railway company, which operated the Izmir-Aydin route. The Sultan used the carriage during his tour of Europe in 1867. It was restored at the Museum's workshops in 1998.

 

Locomotive G10

The Prussian G10 design has an unusual 0-10-0 wheel layout. This example was manufactured by Borsig in 1912 or 1913 and after service with the KPEV (Royal Prussian Railways) arrived in Turkey as one of an eventual total of 49 'Class 55' locomotives: it is now numbered 55022. This impressive steam engine is 18.9 metres long and weighs 76 tonnes.

 

Narrow-Gauge Steam Locomotive

 
Built by the firm of Orenstein and Koppel of Berlin-Drewitz in 1930, this attractive and fully-working narrow gauge locomotive bears the serial number 12212, and was used in light industry until the late 1960s.
 
Tünel Carriage
 
The Tünel - a short, steep underground railway from Galata up to Istiklal Street - was built in 1876 and is the third oldest passenger underground, after London and New York. This original wagon was initially hauled on a metal strap by massive steam engines, one of which is also exhibited alongside.
 
Henschel Steam Locomotive
 
Another German narrow-gauge locomotive, this example, serial number 15943, was built in 1918 by Henschel & Sohn of Cassel. It spent its latter years transporting military personnel from the centre of the Anatolian town of Eskisehir to and from the major Turkish Air Force base outside the town.

 

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