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Eğirdir


Eğirdir was the terminal station of the ORC main line from Izmir. When TCDD took over and built the line Karakuyu to Ayon, Eğirdir became the terminal station of a branch from Karakuyu. This branch always saw minimal traffic and the last part from Bozanönü to Eğirdir was closed to traffic in 2003.

The station was built in 1912 and. Eğirdir had a minimal track plan with a main track and a passing loop. The passenger building and the freight shed were side by side on the main track, very much in the fashion of a narrow gauge railway. A small engine shed was provided as well, but located downhill from the station. It could only be reached by a long swithback on the mainline. Given the very low level of traffic, this surely was not an operational constraint. It is surprising to find such a minimal track plan for a terminal station. ORC intent was to build the line as far as Konya and Eğirdir was not really meant to be a terminal station.

It needs to be checked whether the station had additional sidings to the north.

Eğirdir city (more like a village?) is quite small with little activity. This station never had a significant traffic and kept the same building and track layout throughout its life. As of 2006, the building was abandoned and empty.

Track layout

This is a tentative track plan of the station towards the ends of service, in the 1980s. I finally could find photographic evidence of an 18m turntable.

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Pictures

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44018 at Eğirdir 9 March 1977. Photo Robin Lush.

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Eğirdir station. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station, track towards the exit. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station: exit point overgrown by grass. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station: inside the shed. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station: station name plate. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station: street side of the building. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli

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Eğirdir station: street side of the building. 20 July 2006. Photo Bastug Emin Basli