The International Steam Pages

The Rahmi M Koç Museum and elsewhere in Istanbul, 2022

Thomas Kautzor visited here in April 2016. Previously James Waite sent a report of his 2007 visit, to which I added Richard Foster's update from January 2010. If you are not familiar with these, I recommend you read them before continuing with this report  There is also  Chris Hodrien's report from 2006 which concentrates on the stationary steam side, but also includes a brief mention of the Camlik Railway Museum.

Thomas writes of his latest visit from 19th to 21st January 2022::

One locomotive I’d never visited on any of my previous trips to Istanbul was TCDD 3407 (Borsig 7151/1909, ex CFOA 22) plinthed outside Sögütlücesme station, the first station beyond Haydarpasa on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. It is in very poor condition.

Haydarpasa Station is still awaiting the end of archeological diggings before it can return to becoming a major terminus station. Plinthed TCDD 23004 (SS 3501/1888, ex ORC 20) is mothballed. There's a picture of it in James Waite's report.

Sirkeci Station on the European side of the Bosphorus has lost all of its surface tracks after the underground Marmaray station opened. TCDD 3307 (Henschel 15642/1918, ex Militärbahn Konstantinopel) is still plinthed outside and inside the station complex the small museum is still open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30-17.00. 

At the ever-expanding Rahmi M. Koç Museum, the usual residents have recently been joined by TCDD 56157 (Skoda 2006/1949) and its tender (Skoda 1120/1949), which were formerly dumped at Derince Station (Kocaeli Province). 

Under cover in the main entrance building is still an exotically decorated 4-wheeled coach built for Sultan Abdülaziz by the Metropolitan Carriage & Wagon Co. in Birmingham in the mid-1860's at the expense of the British shareholders of the Ottoman Railway. The sultan used it for a tour of Europe which took in London amongst many other places. There was a note on its history in Continental Railway Journal 137 (Spring 2004). 

Finally a reminder that there more pictures of the steam locomotives here in James Waite's 2007 report and Thomas's April 2016 report 

Rob Dickinson