Istanbul connected to Izmit and Edirne
1873 – Haydarpasa-Izmit and Istanbul-Edirne railways commissioned.
1874 – The narrow gauge Mudanya-Bursa railway was commissioned by Ottoman government. The line afterwards taken over by Chemin de Fer Moudania Brousse.
1883 – Mersin-Tarsus-Adana railway construction started. Privilege by Turkish-English-French company (Mersin-Tarsus-Adana Railway – MTA).
1886 – Mersin-Tarsus-Adana railway commissioned.
Orient Express arrived Istanbul
1888 – Istanbul-Europe railway connection commissioned. Orient Express arrived Istanbul.
1890 – Sirkeci station opened.
1893 – Extension of Haydarpasa-Izmit railway to Ankara via Adapazari-Eskisehir-Polatli started. Privilege given to Anatolia Ottoman Railway Company owned by Deutsche Bank.
1894 – Eskisehir-Kutahya section of Eskisehir-Konya railway opened by Anatolia Ottoman Railway Company.
1896 – Eskisehir-Konya railway completed. Travel time by rail from Istanbul to Konya fallen to 2 days.
1900 – Construction started on Hedjaz Railways (Damascus-Medina and Basra-Jaruselam railways) by Ottoman government.
Anatolia connected to Bagdad
1902 – Agreement inked with Anatolia Ottoman Railway Company to connect Konya to Basra via Adana-Mosul-Bagdad (2467 km). The privilege then taken over by Chemins de Fer Imperial Ottomans de Bagdad.
1908 – Damascus-Medina section of Hedjaz Railways commissioned.
1912 – Construction of Varda bridge completed.
1918 – The 356-km-long railway at Eastern Anatolia constructed by Russians was left to Turkey. By Armistice of Mudros, the power on railways was taken by Allies of World War I.
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