Engine No. 70414, which operated in the southern part of Israel on the Beer-Sheva line in the 1950s, was one of a series of some 850 locomotives manufactured in the United Kingdom for civilian and military use in the 1930s and early '40s.
Today only 13 engines of this type exist in the world. For the last half a century, most that remained were to be found in Turkey. In a covert operation in the winter of 2012, this LMS Stanier 8F-type steam engine was brought through the Suez Canal to Beer-Sheva. Following a process of preservation and renewal, this engine stands proudly in the historic compound of the Turkish Train Station - The Train Yard - Engine 70414 Compound in Beer-Sheva.
At the site visitors will experience guided tours which tell the tale of Engine 70414 and the ottoman train station in Be'er-Sheva from its establishment to this day.
The tours are led by guides that elaborate about the history and the cultural importance of the site, adding knowledge and excitement to the visit in the compound.
On site visitors will explore the mini museum built inside the station managers former residence, the lounge wagon- visual effects display about passengers and voyage in the trains throughout history, workshop car for art kits, view a changing gallery, dine at the restaurant in the stations main building and the icing on the cake- admire the unique, one of only thirteen remaining, steam engine 70414.