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The Hejaz Railway

by Metin Hulagu

The Hejaz Railway Built in the turn of the twentieth century, the Hejaz Railway was initial

Paperback
: Aug 16, 2010 • 161 Pages • 15,5 x 22,5 • ISBN 9781935295037
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: 9781935295037
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Built in the turn of the twentieth century, the Hejaz Railway was initialy mocked in Europe as a "wildly improbable" scheme. Still used partially in Syria and Israel, the railway was constructed at colossal cost and despite countless obstacles, receiving great enthusiasm across the Muslim world. This book provides many details about the construction of this project based on British documents from a technical and cultural point of view.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Prefaceix
Introduction 
Journey of the Locomotive into Ottoman Landsxi
Ottoman Railwaysxi
How the Idea Was Bornxvi
Objectivesxviii
Making the Dream Come True: the Construction Startsxix
How Other Countries Approachedxxii
Financing the Projectxxiv
Launching the Railwayxxv
Expenditure of the Constructionxxvi
Mapping the Destinations: the Network and Intersectionsxxvi
Neighboring the Rails: Peoples near the Hejaz Railway and the Bedouin 
Way of Lifexxvii
The 1916 Revoltxxvii
Legacy of the Hejaz Railway: the Remainsxxix
Restoring the Railwayxxx
Part One 
Overview of the Hejaz Railway Construction 
Brief History of the Construction3
Ottoman Central Administration3
New Commissions Established to Administer the Construction5
Surveying the Hejaz Railway7
Tracks, Machines, and Wagons: General Characteristics8
Plan of Construction8
Railway Route/s9
Bedding the Tracks10
Gauging the Tracks10
Weighing the Tracks11
Paving for the Railway11
Constructing the Railway12
Servicing the Railway13
Brakes, Couplings, and Signaling15
Condition of the Rolling Stock16
Part Two 
Daunting Challenges to the Railway Construction 
Shortcomings of the Railway Construction19
Overwhelming Problems19
Water Shortage19
Energy23
Sand Drifts25
Working at the Construction26
Engineering29
Labor and Manpower33
Pace of the Construction44
“Railonomics:” Financial Dimensions of the Hejaz Railway Project49
Revenue Sources49
Receipts53
Expenses54
Political Problems56
Locals’ Perceptions of the Hejaz Railway56
The Attacks and their Objectives57
The Policy towards the Attacks on the Railway59
British and French Railway Diplomacy61
Part Three 
Stations, Geography, and Rail Lines 
Routes and Ports to the Hejaz65
Geographical Features of the Region67
Main Rail Lines71
Sub-lines98
Other Lines and Intersections114
Stations and their Characteristics126
Part Four 
General Analysis 
Achievements of the Hejaz Railway133
British Perspectives on the Construction135
Transportation and the Hejaz Railway137
Launching the Railway140
Impact of the Railway on Nearby Districts143
Public Attention and the Press Coverage144
Conclusion147
Bibliography151
Index155

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ABOUT AUTHOR

Metin Hulagu
Metin Hulagu

Metin Hulagu (Hulagu) is the President of the Turkish Historical Society in Ankara. Dr. Hulagu served as the director of the Strategic Research Center at Erciyes University, Kayseri and then as the vicechancellor at the same university where he also taught various courses on the Ottoman Turkish history.

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