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Posted by Laith on May 13, 2011

BATTIR STATION, THE JAFFA AND JERUSALEM RAILWAY.

The line officially opened on September 26, 1892 (1892-1914 Period )
During the month of August (1892), tens of thousands of people, for the first time in their
lives, have seen a railroad and a train of cars. They have had a revelation, and in the great city as well as in the dirtiest village of the land, wonder is at its height.
World War I- (1914- 1920 period)
During World War I, the railway was taken over by the Turkish and German armies, which adapted it to serve their needs. While the Jaffa Railway Station served as a military headquarters during the war, the Ottomans did not want to expose the railway itself to British naval bombardment. In early 1915, most of the heavy machinery and equipment was moved to Jerusalem.
Under the British Mandate- (1920- 1948 period)
The British re-inaugurating the line on October 5, 1920
The Palestine Military Railways, the British company now managing the railroad system, decided to rebuild the line to be completed in September 1920.
Following years of discussion, in April 1920 the civilian Palestine Railways took over the line and on October 4, 1922 the two sides signed an agreement whereby Britain would compensate the line's original French operators
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