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Karaağaç Railway Station
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Opened 1873
Closed 1971
Owned by Trakya University

The Karaağaç Railway Station, or before 1971 the Edirne Railway Station (Turkish:Karaağaç Garı or Edirne Garı) was the name of the former railway station in Edirne.

History

In 1868 the Chemins de fer Orientaux Railway (CO) received a concession to buid a railway to Vienna via Edirne. In 1871 the line reached Edirne but in order to avoid building a bridge across the Marika River, the station was built in Karaağaç. Edirne was always a favored city in the Ottoman Empire, and famous for it's grand architecture, so in 1890 the station building that stands today was built. After the Turkish Independence War, and the signing of the Lausanne treaty, the Turkish-Greek border was on the Marika River except the Karaağaç section that remained in Turkish territory. The line was used by the Greek State Railways (OSE) until 1971 when the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) built a line from Pehlivankoy through the city of Edirne to the Bulgarian border, and OSE built a short cut-off between Marrassia and Nea Vissa to avoid Turkish territory near Edirne. This resulted in the abandonment of the station.

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