Railway Museum, Istanbul

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Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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Peter J
Chichester, UK415 contributions
Nice little musuem
Mar 2020
This railway museum is rather small and interesting for rail fans only I would think. It is part of the old railway station which is worth a visit.
Written 22 March 2020
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atulya_sinha
Kolkata (Calcutta), India748 contributions
DELIGHTFUL PLACE FOR RAIL-FANS
Jun 2019
Sirkeci station, located on the south bank of the Golden Horn, was once the eastern terminus of the famed Orient Express. Although there are no long distance trains starting from this station nowadays, the building with its Oriental-Gothic facade and stained glass windows (designed by German architect August Jasmund, completed in 1890) is well worth a visit.

Another incentive to visit the station is the small, but well-stocked, railway museum located near the first platform. There is a large variety of exhibits, ranging from a mannequin in a conductor’s uniform to old furniture, documents, photos and model trains. There is also a cut model of a cab, with the controls still intact. In addition, there are rails, track fittings, signalling equipment, field telephones, time tables, and so on, which will delight the heart of professional railwaymen as well as rail-fans.

At the time of our visit, the sole attendant was an elderly lady, who did not speak English. However, she welcomed all visitors with a smile and had no hesitation in posing for pictures.

There is no ticket, but the visiting hours are rather restrictive. My only complaint is that they do not offer any souvenirs for sale.
Written 7 November 2019
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4historyandculture
Charlotte, NC1,389 contributions
Memories from 1890
Sep 2019
Sirkeci railway station was a final destination for the famous Orient Express and has been subject to movies and books by Agatha Christie.now, part of the passenger halls have been converted into a museum where one can see the original serving dishes and silverware and chairs from the express train. The communication devices are interesting as well as the posters and pictures. There is no fee to enter.
Written 12 October 2019
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lovetrav_9
Old Colwyn, UK1,000 contributions
A very good way of learning about the Orient Express
Mar 2019 • Couples
This great little museum is situated in Istanbul’s busy Sirkeci Railway Station which was the final destination of the famous Orient Express.
It’s only small, but is very informative, packed with memorabilia and gives details of Turkish Rail transport in general and a dedicated area for the Orient Express.
The various items on display include documents, pictures, stories, a piano and even part of an engine.
Seeing all the items and information on display gives a tangible insight to the Orient Express experience and a taste of what the passengers may have felt on finally arriving in Istanbul after a journey of almost 2000 miles from Paris.
We really enjoyed this visit.
Written 13 June 2019
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Departure811861
Germany852 contributions
Nostalgia
Feb 2018 • Solo
The great times of Sirkeci Train Station are long past but not forgotten. So it is nice to stand at the platform from where the Orient Express started and to think of all the famous travellers. The little museum is worth a visit if you do not expect too much. There is a restaurant in the station, which is also decorated with exhibits from the days of the Orient Express. Moreover, you can watch the dervishes dance in a former waiting room, where you do not sit all too far away from them.
Written 24 January 2019
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Mohamed Abdelrahman
Amman, Jordan246 contributions
Nice
Sep 2016 • Couples
Sometimes, Mawlawi show will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
The show lasts an hour and half for 50TL per person.
Written 28 August 2017
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mrdom
4,978 contributions
Strange one-room museum
Apr 2017 • Solo
A jumble of railway-related objects, some with explanations, and some poor mockups of bits of the orient express. Train enthusiasts would want to stop in, and it's easy for anyone ti stop in since Sirkeci station is in the middle of everything and on the tram line. There was a chocolate festival in the station that must have given the museum an usually busy day. Note that they might not always be open at the times they say they are.
Written 21 April 2017
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RobertFGCarter
Fareham, UK1,349 contributions
More of a warehouse
Feb 2016
It's free, not particularly well laid out or displayed. But plenty of railway bits from the National system. The Orient Express plates were nice, and a one way ticket from London to Istanbul!
Written 19 February 2016
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Business T
Den Haag17 contributions
Faded
Nov 2015
Maybe I set my expectations too high. I was thinking of the Orient Express, art deco interiors and elegant architecture. All this must have been there at some stage. No longer. The station is only used for local commuter trains, the museum comprises one single room only and no effort is made to present the artefacts in an appealing way. No visitors in sight... so we had sex in the mock-up train driver cabin and saved the day.
Written 11 November 2015
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Nirz33
Ahmedabad, India209 contributions
Locomovties
Jan 2015 • Couples
Recognizing the historical importance of railways for the country, Turkey does have some railway museums worth a visit. Most of these museums are sponsored by TCDD and display steam locomotives.
Written 23 October 2015
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