Historical Kağıthane Railway Line Finds Life

historic kagithane railway line comes to life
historic kagithane railway line comes to life

The work of Kağıthane Municipality and Solar powered and Cordless decovil line was completed.

Designed as a nostalgic tram on Eyup sultan Caddesi on 3 km in Kağıthane, 6000 passenger transportation is aimed to be carried out in the decovil line which is designed to be suitable for today's technology.

We asked the work done for the Dekovil line to Metroray Construction Company Site Manager and Technical Officer Can Saraçoğlu, “In the Kağıthane Dekovil project, which was delivered on site as of January 7, the 3 km excavation works were completed in a very short period of time, in a way that would affect the daily lives of the citizens. . All that remains is the excavation of important crossroads, we will complete it by working with the Municipality of Kagithane. Our work continues day and night without interruption and we are constantly moving towards Sadabad Cultural Center. We work in harmony and organized with the Kağıthane Municipality. Our line starts from the Golden Horn of Eyüp Sultan Avenue and reaches the viaducts of Kağıthane Metro and ends in front of Sadabad Cultural Center. There will be 1 stops on the line and a stop will be added if needed. The rails of the Dekovil line are also specially produced rails, and we received them, and the line manufacturing works continue day and night. Of course, there is the train part of this business. For this project, 4 local and national locomotives and 2 nostalgic wagons were produced by ATALAR Makine in our Polatlı factory, and as you can see, they were lowered on the rails and became a source of pride for everyone. As ATALAR Makine –METRORAY, we both design and manufacture at our factory. For this, we work with a strong engineer staff that sheds light on the future working in our company. No matter how nostalgic the Dekovil train is called, it has an electric motor suitable for today's conditions and will work completely environmentally friendly. In other words, it will both benefit from solar energy and operate the battery, thus making an important contribution to carbon emission. Even more important for our country, this train is designed as domestic production from A to Z. This is a huge step for our country. I, my teammates, the train design and production team at our factory and our company are proud to be a part of this project. ”

Saraçoğlu said, “Let me tell you about the old decoiler here, as it is known, as a Kağıthane railway, there was a decoiler line between 1914-1916. Coal was transported from the Black Sea coast to supply coal to Silahtarağa power plant. We believe that the revitalization of this line will be an enormous investment and contribution to tourism for Istanbul and Kağıthane, which has historical significance. This line has a different importance for our country. ” He spoke in the form.

Dekovil tender METRORAY İNŞAAT ELEKTROMEKANİK SAN.TİC. Inc. 8.850.000.00 company took the price of TL.


The tram line, known as the “Golden Horn - Black Sea Field Line” at the time of its first construction, is the railway line established between the Guntaraga Power Plant operating in Istanbul in 1914 and the lignite pits in the north of the city. The Guntaraga Power Plant, which was taken from Zonguldak and brought to Istanbul by sea during the first periods of its operation, started to have difficulties in coal supply during the first world war. For this reason, Osmanli Anonim Elektrik Şirketi, the operating company, has developed a number of solutions to find coal in the cheapest and shortest way. As a result, it was decided to bring the coal extracted from the lignite quarries in the tree village of Agacli, which is within the borders of Eyup district, to the power plant with a new line of decoupling. On February 1, 1915, the construction of the first line of the line, Silahtarağa - Ağaçlı decoovil line was started, and the first phase was completed in a short time and put into service in July 1915.

In line with the requirements, the extension of the line was brought to the agenda and the second stage of the 20 December 1916 was the second day of the line.

The line passing through Göktürk and Kemerburgaz was divided into two branches in Kemerburgaz. One branch of the 43 km long line was following the Kağıthane Creek and passing under the Uzun Kemer, meeting the Black Sea in the village of Ağaçlı. The other branch was through the Belgrad Forest and reached the Black Sea in the village of Çiftalan. Both ends of the line reaching the Black Sea coast were connected to each other with a 5-kilometer addition, a ring was created in the north of Kemerburgaz and a 62-kilometer-long tram line was created.

Since the Black Sea field line was built as a one-way, in some regions, mobile lines were constructed in order to allow the trains coming from the opposite directions to pass without clogging. In addition, the terrain conditions on the route route required a number of bridges.

The line was transferred to the Ministry of Commerce in 1922 and to the Ministry of Economy after the proclamation of the Republic. The use of some sections of the line continued until 1956, but over time, this use also decreased. Today, although some traces of the track are encountered in places, most of the line is buried in the ground.

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