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125th Anniversary of the Railway Line V. Kikinda - V. Bečkerek

125th Anniversary of the Railway Line V. Kikinda - V. Bečkerek

The principle of the first steam locomotive, which still operates today, is associated with the name Trevithick Richard. However, George Stephenson's locomotive was the first to traverse the Stockton - Darlington line in England in 1825. In Austria, the first steam-powered railway was opened on November 17, 1837, on the Floridsdorf - Wagram line. According to the plan of the Royal Hungarian Minister of Public Works from 1867, the construction of railway lines began, including the Budapest - Pančevo line, passing through Kikinda and Timișoara.

Railway historyNovi Bečej was connected by rail on July 8, 1883, when the Kikinda - Bečkerek line was completed. The construction of this railway was financed by the county with 151,000 forints, while other places participated with the following amounts: Kikinda with 20,000, Bečkerek with 30,000, Novi Bečej with 20,000, Vranjevo with 20,000, Kumane with 20,000, Melenci with 40,000, and Karlovo with 30,000 forints. In the Banat region and throughout Vojvodina, the railway network was highly developed from the end of the 19th century until the beginning of World War II. Before the construction of the railway, passenger and freight traffic mainly occurred by river using boats, and a smaller part by horse-drawn carriages.

Next to the railway, a railway station was built with warehouses and a weighing scale. Both municipalities, Novi Bečej and Vranjevo, used a single railway station, the one that still exists today. The railway quickly took precedence in the transportation of goods, postal shipments, and passenger transport. The composition mostly consisted of passenger cars of the second and third class, with only one car marked as first class. Usually, at the end of the composition, there was a postal car where an official received and issued postal shipments, letters, and packages. Newspapers and magazines also arrived in our town through this car. From the railway station, passengers were transported by carriages to the center, or to the river port on the Tisza River.

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