Izmir Railway Museum / Atatürk's Coach, Izmir
Originally constructed as a merchandise warehouse by British merchants, the building predates the İzmir-Aydın railways, which were built in 1856. Its architectural style, known as "Baghdadi," shares similarities with neighboring structures, such as the British consulate, the adjacent Anglican church, and the building currently used as the Dean's Office for 9 Eylül University's Teacher's College in Buca.
As guests traverse the museum's halls, they encounter a rich tapestry of exhibits that showcase the technological advancements and societal impact of rail transportation. From the early days of Turkish railways to the cutting-edge innovations of today, the Railroad Museum presents a comprehensive narrative that highlights the vital role of trains and railways in shaping Turkey's infrastructure and economy.
One of the main attractions in the museum is the exhibition of one of the nine coaches of the "White Train" used by the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, for his domestic trips. Inside the coach, visitors can marvel at the elegant decor, including a table with ebony veneer, a large terry-covered armchair, and smaller-sized seats. The coach also features amenities such as a radio, power outlets, call buttons, and a telephone, showcasing the luxury and comfort of the time.
The bedroom within the coach exudes sophistication, with its ceiling covered in ebony veneer and the wardrobe adorned with oak and ebony. A balcony-formed entranceway adds to the charm and convenience of the space.
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