Old locomotive in high demand but not sold
AMASYA - Anatolia News AgencyA historical locomotive, highly desired by German and British museums, is being kept at the Çeltek Coal Enterprises in the Black Sea province of Amasya. There is also interest in the train from Istanbul’s Rahmi Koç Museum and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
The Çeltek Coal Enterprises General Secretary Mustafa Bolat said the Coal Enterprises was currently home to two German-made vaporous locomotives and a diesel locomotive.
The locomotive produced in Germany in 1895 with the serial number 4153 is estimated to be one of only two such machines in the world, subsequently garnering interest from both Turkish and foreign museums.
Bolat said the locomotives were priceless. “They were transferred to us in 1958. German museums first demanded this locomotive and, later on, British museums. Along with these countries, Rahmi Koç Museum applied to take the locomotive more than once. But we never thought of selling the pieces due to the ancient value they hold. They are displayed to the public where they are.”
Bolat said they wanted to exhibit the locomotive with serial number 4153 in the Mine Museum, which is planned to open soon.