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Istanbul Haydarpaşa

Haydarpaşa 1872 station

Almost across the Bosphorus from Sirkeci, Kadiköy is the starting point of the Anatolian Railways. The first station there was built in 1872 when the line opened to Gebze. A large stone building replaced a temporary wood one.

Original appearance

The first building of Haydarpaşa station was an elegant looking contruction, conposed of central building, almost square, flanked by two main wings and two secondary wings forming with a terrace roof. It was an already large contruction with 30 windows or doors on the facade.

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Two views of the 1872 building, taken around 1880.
Photo Ali Riza Pasa, around 1880, Abdul Hamid II Collection for the Library of Congress

The building was then enlarged by adding a floor on the central and on the outer most side wings. This lead to a change of the roof of the wings which now terraced.

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1872 building after enlargement works. The side is taken from the same side as above. Collection JP Charrey

Modified building after 1894

The station suffered damages in the earthquake of 10 July 1894. It was heavily rebuilt in a somewhat smaller and more masive building, loosing the topfloor of the central part and the small secondary wings.

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Departure of a train from Haydarpaşa, around 1900

Haydarpaşa 1908 station

As the CFOA railway was extended, traffic increased and a new and larger building became needed. Its construction started in 1906 by Otto Ritter and Helmut Conu, two German architects who choose a neo-classic German style. They designed a large building, much in accordance with the ambitions of the German investors that were building the Baghdad Railway at the time. It was put into service on 19 august 1908 and formally inaugurated of 4 November 1909, Anniversary of Sultan Mehmed V.

The building was erected on land reclaimed from the sea and is therefore surrounded by water on three sides: a unique feature for a railway station. It has a very distinctive style, definitely standing out in Istanbul. Thanks to its location, it has been very well preserved, even restored following the damages caused by a burning tanker ship in 1979. The building is best seen from the sea, by taking a boat ("vapur" in Istanbul parlance) that calls just in front if the station to cross the Bosphorus.

Istanbul Sirkeci and Haydarpaşa stations are linked by a train-ferry boat.

Haydarpasa from the sea, south side

Overall view of Haydarpasa from the sea, south side, November 2000. Photo JP Charrey

The north and the west sides

The north and the west sides, November 2000. Photo JP Charrey

The south and the west sides

The south and the west sides, November 2000. Photo JP Charrey

vapur terminal

the "vapur" terminal right in front of the stations, November 2000. Photo JP Charrey

the concourse inside the station

the concourse inside the station: main access door to the tracks, November 2000. Photo JP Charrey

Haydarpasa, a view from the bridge crossing over the tracks

Haydarpasa, a classic view from the bridge crossing over the tracks. 1999. Photo Malcolm Peakman

Haydarpasa station approach

Haydarpasa station approach. 1999 Photo Malcolm Peakman

Haydarpasa station approach

Haydarpasa station approach, noting run around loop to left, depot ahead, main line to "1 o'clock" and carriage depot (and other end of run around) to right.1999. Photo Malcolm Peakman

Haydarpasa station approach

Haydarpasa station approach. 1999. Photo Malcolm Peakman

Haydarpasa station approach

Haydarpasa station approach. 1999.Photo Malcolm Peakman

Haydarpasa station approach

Haydarpasa station approach. 1999.Photo Malcolm Peakman

Haydarpasa Carriage Maintenance shed

Haydarpasa Carriage Maintenance shed, note clearances! Note also the 3 way point now removed. The run round loop is out of shot to right, goes to a headshunt, then comes back up to the 3 way point, which also services the carriage sidings. 1997. Photo Malcolm Peakman

Haydarpaşa 2012: station closed?

On 2 February 2012, the station closed to all passenger trains except the suburb service to allow for the construction of the Marmaray line under the Bosphorus. This suburb service was later suspended as well.

It is most likely that the station will never reopen to rail traffic and will be converted to some other use. Likewise, the port facility is due to be closed and transfered to another location.

Haydarpaşa track layout 2011

This would be the final track situation before the 2012 closure.

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