Under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, with the cooperation of TCDD Tasimacilik AS, the award ceremony of the photo contest titled “Turk Telekom 2nd National Eastern Express Full That Moment” was held on 05 July 2019 at The Ankara Hotel.
Program; Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Deputy Minister Selim Dursun, TCDD Deputy General Manager İsmail Çağlar, TCDD Transportation General Manager Erol Arıkan, Ankara deputies, artists and railroaders attended.
“We've built 135 kilometers of railway lines per year”
Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, emphasized that only 18 kilometer railway was built in our country at a time when the whole world was building railway, but this figure was increased to 17 kilometer in the last 135 year.
The first day he renewed the rails Smoking gravel even nails today, all the lines that there has been modernized, Turhan pointed out that high-speed rail lines and Marmaray implemented, pointing out that lucky enthusiast photographer in Turkey, "because in the world of nature and redolent of heaven afield as Asia Minor, You can travel with the Eastern Express. Of course, when this is the case, these magnificent photos come out. Health to your hands, your labor, your eyes and your heart. " he spoke.
“In 2018, 436 thousand 755 people have traveled with the Eastern Express”
Stating that the Eastern Express hosted 436 thousand 755 people last year, Turhan said that the Van Lake Express, which was almost unused in the past years, carried 269 thousand passengers last year, the Touristic East Express flights started on May 29 and they were pleased with the intense interest in this train.
Turhan said that the Ankara Express, known as the "Legendary Express", was suspended on 01 February 2012 due to high-speed train works,Halkalı-He gave the good news that it will start to run between Ankara.
“We want the development of railway photography”
Turkey as well as in Europe Turhan stressed that they want the development of the railway photography, "We intend to do whatever is necessary for this purpose. We see you as the voluntary advertising ambassadors of our railways and our country. A square photograph expresses that sometimes thousands of pages of article cannot tell. 'Right That Moment' Photography Contest and Exhibition successfully carries on this mission. " used the expressions.
“Exactly That Photo Contest is going international next year”
Turhan stated that they will carry the competition to the international level next year and they will expand the scope and they will include the expresses of Lake Van and Güney Kurtalan in the organization.
Speaking at the ceremony TCDD Deputy General Manager Ismail Caglar in his speech; He pointed out that the construction of the Ankara-Kars railway line started from Ankara in 1925, to Kayseri in 1927, to Sivas in 1930, to Erzincan in 1938, to Erzurum in 1939, and to Kars in 1961.
“Touristic East Express with the opportunity to visit Erzurum, Erzincan and Sivas”
Stating that documentary, film and photo shootings were carried out on the trains, especially Eastern Express travels were shared on social media and demand for this train was increasing, Arıkan said: The train, which is composed entirely of sleeping and dining wagons, stops for a long time in Erzurum, Erzincan and Sivas, while our passengers visit historical and touristic places. ”
“1493 passengers traveled on touristic East Express in May-June”
Erol Arikan, 1493 passengers in May-June touristic East Express, 2019 in the first four months of the East Express 146 thousand people travel, he said.
The Ankara ExpressHalkalı-Ankara began to operate between today that draws attention to Arikan, these trains will continue to add new routes, he said.
Following the speeches, the awards were presented to the winners.
Minister Turhan opened the ”Tam O An” Photography Exhibition.