Istanbul Tramways are celebrating their 102nd birthday: On the 11th of February, for the anniversary of the electric trams, which were launched on February 1914, 11 and served the Istanbulites for years, a celebration will be held.
Anniversary celebration will be held on 11 February 2016 between 11.00-11.30 for the anniversary of the indispensable Nostalgia trams of Istanbul. The ceremony will take place with the participation of IETT General Manager Mümin Kahveci, IETT management and citizens.
The program, which will start with the opening speech, will take place in Nostalgic Tram, photographing İstiklal Street, distribution of sahlep, distribution of souvenir pillows and music concert of event wagon.
Electric factory established for trams
The horse-drawn trams, which are considered to be the milestone of public transportation in Istanbul and famous for their successors, provide uninterrupted service for 1914 years until 43. After the start of the Balkan War, the transportation services in the city are interrupted for a while when the horses in the hands of the Tram Company are compulsorily recruited. Seeing that this situation is not possible to continue in this way for a long time, the Ottoman State starts to work for the transition to electricity. Thereupon Silahtarağa in 1913, Turkey's first power plant was established February 11, 1914 before the tram network, then supplying electricity to the city.