Railroad Lover Yaşar Rota


Yaşar Rota: His grandfather and his father are also railroaders. Since his retirement 41 also among those who pioneered the development of rail education in Turkey.

About 4 For years, Yaşar Rota has been writing on the railway in our magazine. His grandfather and father Yasar demiryolc the route, the Republic of Turkey State Railways (TCDD) xnumx't task of doing a full year until the year 1964 2005. Yaşar Rota, who started working at TCDD as Acting Officer at the age of 41, is retired while he is most recently Vice President of Motion. Yaşar Rota, who works for the development of the train sector after the retirement and especially for the development of the train systems related with the rail system, is connected to the railway with a passion. Hardworking, Yasar is investigating a personality Route Transporte explained the importance of Turkey in the life of the railway sector and the railway.


How many years have you been a railroad?

I was a ferry before I was born. During the War of Independence, my grandfather was in charge of road maintenance and repair at Agapinar Station between Eskisehir and Ankara during 1920-1926 years. So I'm a grandfather. During the 1920 years when my grandfather served on the railways, the Germans operated the Anatolian railways. The legislation was in French. At the beginning of the War of Independence, 1920 appointed Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as his close friend, Colonel Behiç (Erkin) as the general director of railway. French railway legislation which Behiç translated into Turkish Bey has scored a number of important developments for the development of railway in Turkey. The railway was a vital mode of transport at that time as it was in every period. Railway logistics has been the most important factor in winning the War of Independence. Like my grandfather, my father worked on the railroad.

And what was your father's job on the railroad?

At the end of the 1930, my father started to train as a fireman at the steam locomotives in Bilecik. Then he became the engineer and warehouse chief. I had a chance to work with my father.

When did you start the railroad?

I started working as an Action Officer at 18 on the railway. I admired my father and my father was the biggest factor in choosing this profession. After graduating from the Railway Vocational High School in 1964, I started working at the Alpullu station between Karaagac (Edirne) and Istanbul. At that time, when I was working, there were only 2 people who graduated from Railway Vocational High School or high school. Think some of the maneuverers were only literate.


What did you do when you retired from TCDD?

In 2005, I retired while I was the Vice President of TCDD. At that time, the Department of Motion was responsible for the management of TCDD's passenger and cargo transportation and traffic. Approximately 10 was a circle with a thousand people and all stations connected.

When was the total value of the 41 year active railroad?

The railroad had a very important place in people when I started work. Migration to Istanbul took place by rail, wars were taken by rail, and people did not develop much of a highway. This also increased the sympathy of the railroad. Due to the need for a station to be built every 20 kilometer, there could be 50 digit villages where there were no villages. The families of the railroads took the cultures they had created and the people living there were affected. Let me say something more interesting; xnumx'l year until the school year xnumx'l properly in Turkey, highway and railway administrations of Turkey's communication when working in the four corners of the intermediate stations where children are taken to school. They were staying in hostels. In the hostels, they took care of young children, caregivers, and even governors who knew foreign languages, took them to their schools to wash and eat their meals.


Did you grow up?

I didn't grow up that way. Because we had schools where we were. But there were many who read just as I said. Railways said: You live in the stations, I will bring your doctor to your feet every week. The doctor examines the prescription by sending the train to the medicine store, the drugs are coming to you. He brought the cinema to the feet of the railway workers. I watched the first cinema in my life on railways. He brought our salary to our feet. The railways put the cashier in the wagon and we were getting our salaries from there. Market wagons were used to sell food, beverages and clothing to the staff at the intermediate stations. Railways were organizing special camps for their employees to take their children and make a holiday.

Can we say that? Turkey was in need of the railway in 1960 but it need not have to do anything for now, but will need in the future.

Turkey industry, has developed the production and export. The share of the railroad in this mobility has fallen. The highway was dominated mode of transport. This is an uneven distribution. Only one percent of the 94 part went to the railroad, while a share of 4 was on the road. This brings along a wide range of problems. Traffic density, environmental pollution, traffic accidents. It is difficult to transport large quantities of cargo by road.

10 years to be invested in railway Turkey. However, the share of the railways in total transportation was 10 4 years ago, now 4 percent.

There was no change in the share, but the amount was increased. For example, if the 10 15 is carrying a million tons of cargo a year ago, the 25 carries a million loads.


Okay developing railway in Turkey but especially the draft law on the liberalization sought by the private sector provided a kind of enactment.

I follow this issue closely and I know that the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications in the TCDD also supports the liberalization of the private sector. But in the developing conditions it could not be removed. Another important issue in Turkey is passing in front of it I would say.

The bill is ready.

The law is ready but at the moment we have heard that it is in the Prime Ministry and will be sent to the TGNA very soon.

Then can we say the law is dead this year?

There's only one thing. The government and the ministry want it. 2012 prepared two draft laws before May called on Turkey Liberalization of Railway Transport of the Draft Law was brought into a single bill. Everyone's opinion was received and this bill was submitted to the Prime Ministry. In anticipation, it was; exits before budget negotiations. This was the way the Ministry approached it, but it could not come out due to other developments. The current approach indicates that it will be released in January.


Are there any points that the private sector has objected to?

No objections. However, the draft stated to be established in Turkey General Directorate of Railway Transport Joint Stock Company (the TÜRKTR) 5 year transition period will be given to private companies to encourage and ease of administering the demand. Because all conditions must be in free competition conditions. Otherwise, the private sector will not be able to operate in an unfair competitive environment. Therefore, the incentives given for the more equal conditions of competition on the railway should be given to the private sector. This allows the system to run and develop faster.

Let's say the law is out. Is today enough for liberalization?

At the moment the infrastructure is not quite enough. Maintenance and renewal of all lines until 2023 on railways is to not leave the railway line without electrification and without signaling.

I wonder if the law for the end of the infrastructure is thought?

For the last 3 years, the share of the investments allocated to railways is higher than the roads. In this year's budget, the 56 of the share allocated to the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications was allocated to railways and the 28 to the highways. This will continue to increase. The current percentage of 56 budget share is about 8 billion pounds. 10 was reached from a point where 300-400 million TL was spent years ago.


2023 up to 30 thousand people will be employed on the railway is expressed. Is the number really so much?
It's a whole new and growing system. A great human resource is needed, for sure. But the training institutions that will raise the human resources should prepare themselves for this future.

Let us assume that 30 will employ a thousand people. Where would the 30 thousand railway train be trained?

So hard. this is a big problem in Turkey. As DTD, we are in close cooperation with universities. In addition, we provide trainings to the employees of the sector on the subject of Railway.

What are the top issues to be addressed in the sector?

Education, education, training.


Can you give us a little information about the forth project for the development of railway in Turkey?

10 make a thousand kilometers high speed rail and 4 thousand kilometers conventional (fast non-normal road) rail. There is no electrification and signaling of one of our current routes at 3. Other than that, our ways are old and in need of care. All infrastructure up to 2023 will be improved. Currently Turkey has 12 thousand kilometers of railway line. 2023 to 26 will be a thousand kilometers. All will be electric and signaled. Currently the cargo carried by rail 25 million tons. 2023 will carry 200 million tons of cargo per year.

And there are foreigners coming to invest, right?

They are waiting to be released. Since it is a monopoly, it can be established as an investment in a logistics company here, or it can undertake the construction of new roads.

Source : www.transport.com.t is

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