Packed full of 25 years working in the State Railways, as life after retirement Stop Burhan was dedicated to this institution, he says that Turkey should produce its own locomotives. Durdu emphasized the importance of the railways, TCDD investment in the case of investment will be an important contribution to the opinion.
His name is Burhan Durdu. 81 years old. But when you say the railway, it's like a 18-year-old boy. His eyes are shining. A railroad lover. He joined the Turkish State Railways in 1965 as a technical staff member. He worked in the locomotive maintenance workshop for 15 years. Then he served as traction control. He retired in 1990. However, he never left the railways. He followed the decisions taken moment by moment. He criticized the mistakes made. Not in words. In writing. He wrote letters to the directors of the institution, to the ministers of transport, to the prime minister, conveying his views, criticisms and suggestions. One of them is Süleyman Demirel. He replied at length to his letter.
GROWTH IN RAILS
I met with Burhan Durdu through the former deputy, Tevfik Diker. . I am a railroad boy, I grew up on the tracks. My father was a railroadman. I've had love for the railroad since I was little. After I started working, my love increased. Çalış Then he continued:
Ir Railway employees are like a family. The children of the railroad workers used to be railroads. This would have a great interest in the state. Everybody thought it was his job. The liberation of the country in transportation is by rail and public transportation. If freight transport is done by rail, inflation in the country drops considerably. Our country is geographically a bridge between Asia and Europe. The shortest transport can be made via Turkey. However, we cannot benefit from it. We cannot benefit from economic return. Between Asia and Europe, 70 has a billion dollar transportation share. We can't even get 1 percent. ”
Burhan Durdu described the situation of the railroads, the mistakes made in the past and what should be done:
Ik After the Republic was established, we made an average 17 km rail each year in the last 200 year. The economic situation of our country was very bad in those years. We're out of a new war. But despite all the negative conditions, we have achieved this. Atatürk's work. There was a decline after Atatürk. That's 2. The impact of World War II is also great.
I During the AKP period, railways were given importance. But unscheduled and unscheduled work was continued. It was a pity. 6 June In 2003, the foundation for accelerated train between Ankara and Istanbul was laid. At the beginning of the project was understood to be disabled. Then, it was reconsidered from the beginning. Investments went in vain. Similar errors occurred in other lines. It was a waste of resources. The lines were not correct. Much better work could be done with the money spent.
"Turkey has the capacity to make the locomotive. We have technical and engineering knowledge. We did it in the past. As for the American locomotives, locally-driven locomotive production was negatively affected.
Today, 24000 of DE 85 type diesel locomotives is produced in terms of price, and in terms of parts, 85 is made locally in our country. The rest; crank, regulator and injection pump etc. 15 parts are imported as well. No money is paid for the project and the patent, although a symbolic amount. DE 24000 type locomotives have been the complete domestic product of Turkish Nation and TCDD roads.
If I have witnessed a very important topic during my years at Ankara Locomotive Workshop. We brought some 6 locomotives from Iran. We'd fix it and send it to Iran. The repair of the 530 locomotive was also on the agenda. At that time, the Minister of Transport Mustafa Aysan and Haşim Saltık had come to our workshop for the ceremony. The workshop manager had a conversation in his room while drinking tea. At that time, the 24000 locomotives had major problems. Transport Minister Mustafa Aysan Bey, the head of the Cer Department Haşim Saltık Bey 'Hashem Bey why did you get these locomotives?' asked a question. Haşim Bey said to the Minister of Transport: ında All the foreign states had received offers from the locomotives. The commission will be the locomotive of the state in which it was founded, and we are working on it. We came to the final phase of the study. We were going to decide which locomotive to take. We had an engineer friend. He never talked until that day. He was always listening to friends, taking notes, examining file offers and specifications. Last day, he wanted to talk. If I have reviewed the offer specifications of American and French locomotives in detail. The specification of the French is very good. The locomotive gives the opportunity of domestic production according to the production quantities. We have the technique to do all of these locomotives. But the American company does not allow the locomotive to be built, even the locals. Fakat This was very effective on the talk of the friend of the commission. As a result of the discussion, we decided to buy 24000 type French locomotives. Later, by making some modifications on these locomotives, important troubles were eliminated and 418 pieces were produced in our country.
"24000 type of locomotive manufacturing started to come in Turkey after America entered the ugly state of political games. Eskişehir Plant's 24000 type locomotive production, the door was locked. America and the 22000 type locomotives as well as 33000 type locomotives in the United States as a result of the economic crisis in the United States to take the locomotive from the United States factories in the crisis I believe that the crisis. Today, the number of 22000 and 33000 locomotives in the TCDD network is reported to be 175.
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Oldu 1979 was the revolution in Iran. The Shah is gone, and Khomeini have arrived. The US-Iran relations were very good at the time of the Shah. Iran did all its trade with America in heavy industry. When Khomeini became the head of state in Iran, America put an embargo on all the goods it sold to Iran. At that time, when we went to Iran as TCDD personnel, there were General Electric and General Motor locomotives near 600 on Iranian railways. The locomotives were all American made. As the US imposed an embargo on Iran, only the 600 of this 70 locomotive was active, while the remaining locomotive near the 530 was waiting for the spare parts in cold storage. Iran should teach everyone. The same can happen to the US locomotives currently operating on our railways.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INVESTMENT IN RAILWAYS
Turkey make its own locomotives. Financing is also possible. For me, the financing needs to be done: Every kind of freight and passenger transportation, fuel sales and car sales should be cut down small shares to develop railways. If these resources are used only for railways, the financing problem is solved.
Freight transport is the way to save railways. Nearly all of the freight transport on 250-300 km should be by rail. It is both economical and healthy. Even if the railways are apparently damaged, it is very profitable if the interests of the general country are calculated. In the past, projects were also discussed in every aspect, and wrong was prevented. In the state structure, it is necessary to return to the autocontrol system. The projects implemented with the decision of one person harm the country more than good.
SILK ROAD PROJECT
China's Silk Road Project is a very accurate project. It unites the Far East and Europe. It makes a great contribution to both Turkey and the world economy. The most important project in the world. Currently, Europe-Asia road transport is made via Siberia. However, if it is done by rail over Turkey, it will be shortened by 3 thousand 500 kilometers, and Turkey kazanir. Turkish export products reach both Asia and Europe at the lowest cost. Sooner or later, transportation between Asia and Europe will turn into a railway.
PRESIDENT OF THE SEVEN PRESIDENT
Ankara-Istanbul between the high-speed railway on the way to the day since the beginning of 1976; The seven President, 12 Prime Minister, came to 23 Minister of Public Works and Transport. Also 1976 government has been established since 26. He suggested co-operation with China for the completion of the stalled line: Ayaş Istanbul on the construction of high-speed rail can also be made in China. I'm a retired ferryman at 81. If I die without seeing this high-speed train on the Ayas, my eyes go open. A
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