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Sign: Jerusalem - HaMesila Park - 1925 - A residence of the railway workers (69)

HaMesila Park, Jerusalem, Israel
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On the sign:
המבנה שלצדנו נבנה בתקופת המנדט הבריטי כמגורי קבע עבור עובדי הרכבת. מעל למבנה היה מכל מים, שאותו אפשר לראות עד ההיום, אשר שימשו את העובדים. לעת מצוא שימש הכלל גם מקור למים חמים עבור תושבי הכפר.

"מאז שאני זוכר את עצמי יש רכבת ברקע... 50 שנה הוא עבד ברכבת. בשבילו זה היה ’כיבוש עבודה’, כי ברכבת עבדו מעט יהודים. אבא הסכים לעשות את העבודה הקשה למרות שהמשכורת הייתה נמוכה... הוא פשוט נדבק בחיידק הרכבת ונשאר..." שלמה כהן, דור שני לעובדי הרכבת, מספר על אביו, שעבד ברכבת משנת 1918.

بنى المبنىود امامنا في الموجود امامنا في عهد الانتداب البريطاني كسكن
ام لعمال القطار . فوق المبنى كان خزان مياه ، الذي يمكن زيته حتى اليوم ، والذي استخدمه العمال . لاستغلاله استعمل الخزان أيضا كمصدر للمياه الساخنة للقرويين . منذ طفولتي كان هناك قطار في حياتي . في القطار . بالنسبة له كان ذلك نوعا من " احتلال العمل ، لأنه لم يكن يعمل في القطار الا القليل من اليهود . وافق والدي على القيام بهذا العمل الشاق على الرغم من الراتب المنخفض .. شلومو كوهين ، الجيل الثاني من عمال القطار ، يتحدث عن والده ، الذي عمل في . بساطة اصيب بفيروس القطار ... القطار منذ عام 1918 .

עובדי הרכבת בתחנת תל אביב על קטר 0-6-0 LSWR מספר 505, 1925.
عمال القطار في محطة تل أبيب على قاطرة SWR 0-6-0 رقم 505 ، 1925
Train workers at the Tel Aviv station on the LSWR 0-6-0 locomotive No. 505, 1925.


[צד 2]
[Side 2]
The structure next to you was built during the British Mandate as permanent living quarters for train workers. The water tank on top of the building, which can still be scen today, provided the workers with water. It sometimes even provided the villagers with hot water.

"As far back as I can remember, there has been a train in the background... he worked on the train for 50 years. For him this was the ’conquest of Work,’ because few Jews worked on the railroad. Dad agreed to do the hardest work although the pay was low... He simply got bitten by the train bug and stayed on..."
Shlomo Cohen, second generation of train workers, about his father, who worked for the railway from

עובדי הרכבת בתחנת ירושלים עם קטר בולדווין (Baldwin) 4-6-2T מספר 10, 1924.
عمال القطار في محطة القدس مع قاطرة بالدوين (4-6-2T (Baldwin رقم 10, 1924.
Train workers at the Jerusalem station with Baldwin locomotive 4-6-2T No. 10, 1924.
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Sign No. 69 in a series of signs placed on or around lighting poles, including the history of the old railway line to Jerusalem, along which its route extends the HaMesila (Railway) Park.

The sign is wrapped around the lighting pole, here are the other parts of the sign:
Side 2 Click for a larger image

The building in question, which is located next to the sign, was photographed that day Click for a larger image Click for a larger image

In the next picture taken that day you can see the old railway track that became a pedestrian track, a bike path next to it, and the sign that surrounds one of the lighting poles Click for a larger image

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