Today in History: 23 January 1857 Rumeli railway construction

23 In January 1857 the Ottoman state signed a contract with the British parliamentary Labro for the construction of Rumelia railways.

Commercial purpose was prioritized by small companies in the Balkans and the rich regions of the Aegean, usually by British companies. On the other hand, the Ottoman state considered military and political purposes as well as commercial purposes. An attempt to build the “Rumeli railways” that will connect Istanbul with the Balkans and Europe was an indication of this.

The idea that the railways will provide the opportunity to send troops as soon as possible in the rebellion and wars that will take place in the lands of the Ottoman Empire in Europe directed Istanbul over the Balkans over Edirne to the construction of a railway that will connect with Europe.

For the construction of the Romanian railways, Labro was granted on 23 January 1857, Charles Liddell, Lewis Dunbar, Brodie Gordo, Thomas Page on March 13, 1860, and Belgian Van Der Elts brothers on 31 March 1868. These three privileges were canceled due to failure to fulfill the signed contract terms.

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