The Gençlik Park (literally "Children's park") in Ankara is located almost across from the main railway station. This park which still exist, used to have a 600mm gauge circular line to carry children around the park. The line was complete with a station, a tunnel, an overpass and shed.
The trains were steam powered by two 1'D1' engines. These engines, build by TCDD in Eskisehir, were a free lance design, but tryied to represent to scale a TCDD main line engine..
The line in Ankara stopped but the trains were saved. The engines were restored and they are now operated again on week-ends, on a circular line in front of Afyon station (see below).
As of January 2004, the track for about half of the loop in still in place, in quite good condition except for some overgrown trees. I estimate the remaining length to be at least one kilometer long. The track path is still easily visible on another quarter of the line. Only the area near the new metro station has been heavily transformed, wiping out all remains of the track there. All major infrastructures such as the station or the shed are also still in place.
The rolling stock being there also, it is quite possible to put everything back into service with a minimal effort. This task is within the reach a group of volunteer, working week-ends for the benefit of being able to drive a steam train. This is assuming authorization from the proper authorities.
Lets hope that this handsome toy train will be preserved and put back into service for the joy of many generations of children to come (and their parents!)
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These manufacturing years need to be clarified: what was the locomotive use in 1957?
Some of the equipment and rolling stock not used in Ankara was transferred to Afyon. A short loop was erected in front of the station. KL46001 is steamed up there on week-ends in summer time.
It seems that the train operation is currently not guaranteed every time due to some budget restrictions. Here again, some free help would certainly be appreciated.
Izmir had a similar 600mm railway at the International Fair Park. It was also powered by two steam engines KL46003 and KL46004, presumably similar to the ones in Ankara.
This line is now closed and the fate of these engines is not known.
Possibly KL46003 as re-surfaced in a park named Ekşisu Mesire near Erzincan.