The "White Wagon", known as the Historical Atatürk wagon, affiliated to TCDD 3. Regional Museum Directorate, was removed from its place in August due to bad weather conditions. Friday Prayer was performed in the empty wagon place. On the other hand, the removal of the wagon was discussed in İzmir for days, CHP İzmir Deputy Kani Beko claimed that the empty area would be used to expand the Alsancak Station Masjid and carried the issue to the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
According to the news of Tenzile Cook from Aegean PostThe White Wagon, used by Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on his domestic trips from 1926 to 1937, was removed from Alsancak Station on Friday, August 20, due to weather conditions. The reason for the removal of the historical wagon from its location was shown as "the wagon is not affected negatively by bad weather conditions" but TCDD 13rd Regional Directorate did not make any explanation on the issue.
While the displacement of the wagon caused great public reactions, Konak Mayor Abdül Batur and Çiğli Mayor Utku Gümrükçü announced that they wanted the wagon.
One of the claims made after the news that the White Wagon would be moved was that the 'White Wagon' was removed because it closed the Alsancak Station Masjid. Upon the allegations, CHP İzmir Deputy Kani Beko brought the issue to the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
The Friday Prayer was performed in the empty area of the Atatürk Wagon, whose removal attracted great reaction. The resulting scene also strengthened the claims that the wagon was removed because it closed the mosque right next to the Station.
The fate of the wagon that was displaced to be exhibited in the museum is currently unknown. On the other hand, it was learned that this area has been used for Friday prayers since the wagon was removed.
On the other hand, after the wagon was lifted, it was seen that the exposed soil area was germinated.