Çamlık open air steam locomotive museum is in the centre of Çamlık. Turn off the main Aydin to Selçuk road at the brown tourist sign and there is parking near the museum gate. It is a short bus ride of about 12km from Selçuk. Some people try to avoid the 30TL (3 Euro) fee by entering via a neighbouring restaurant, but checks on tickets are made.
The sidings that form the site were bypassed by the new route for the main line running past. Plant life is taking over and some locomotives have vegetation growing through them. There are many locomotives and examples from several countries of manufacture. There is minimal signage and sadly no steps to allow access to the engines. There are hard paths but mostly this is an outside experience where you are exposed to sun or rain. Trees and the exhibits themselves provide some shade. Volunteers are clearly doing that they can but the site seems in need of investment and renovation.
Covid regulations meant that access to the carriages was prevented. I was sad not to be able to see inside the carriage from which Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) had directed operations in the 1930’s.
The onsite cafe provided inexpensive food and drinks, including a set lunch menu. Views over the rose garden to the locomotives aids relaxation.
There were very few people here, but there is space for peaceful reflection should a bus trip arrive. This is a good place to take a break from the tour of ancient cities and think about a different time in history. Lunch and an hours wandering should do it.