163 years have passed since the first work began on the İzmir-Aydın line on September 23, 1856. The railways have witnessed the wars, the War of Independence, the peace, and the establishment of our new state.
Following our emergence as an independent state from the National Struggle, economic and social life in Turkey with the establishment of the Republic was moved to the future almost over the railways. During this period, 3,764 km of railways were built until 1950 despite all the poverty and technological inadequacy. The length of the railway, which was built from 1950 to 2003, remained at 945 km.
Since 2003, we have provided important projects for domestic and national production, signalization and electrification of existing lines, logistics centers, R & D studies, urban rail systems, high-speed trains and we continue to provide new ones.
As we build new modern high-speed railway terminals in line with increasing passenger demand, we maintain the historical and cultural heritage of our railways through our faithfully restored stations and terminals.
Under the leadership of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who said “Railways are a more important safety weapon of the country than cannons and rifles,” we continue our way with more confidence and determination with the assurance of 163 years of knowledge and experience in railways.
With these feelings and thoughts, I celebrate the 96th Anniversary of our Republic, and I commemorate all the heroes of our struggle for independence with gratitude.
Ali İhsan UYGUN
Director General of TCDD