Jack May

Friday, January 20, 2012

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Trams in Istanbul: Gulhane station

There’s a nice contrast in one way between the ultra-modern sleek-looking trams and the very old architecture between Aksaray and Eminönü stations. Along this particular stretch of line there are a number of historic places to visit including the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Yeni Mosque. Even the main railway station, Istanbul Gar, has some interesting features worth seeing.

Jack May returned to Turkey for the third time in April 2011. His slideshow for our January meeting will feature new developments in Istanbul, with scenes that include all four streetcar lines and the light metro. Several brand new Turkish systems were inaugurated in the past two years, including Samsun, Kayseri, Adana, Gaziantep and Antalya. These will be shown, as well as some old favorites, including Konya, Eskisehir and Ankara. Jack also rode Turkey’s new high-speed railroad and will show some views of that operation in its infancy. If time permits, the evening will be completed with views of the light metros in Izmir and Bursa. Turkey is booming with new electric streetcar lines.