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Alascheir railway, Asia minor, constructed by Samuel Bayliss, CE, circa 1875

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Alascheir (railway)

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The English company, Smyrna Cassaba Railway, built the railway of the same name in Turkey in the 1860s. In 1872 the Turkish government granted the company rights to extend the line to Alascheir, increasing the rails to 108 miles. The extension opened on 1 March 1875. The construction engineer, Samuel Bayliss (1821-1898), was a British civil engineer who oversaw the construction of railroads in Egypt and Brazil prior to his work in Turkey.




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