The Beersheba Turkish Ottoman train station house terminal building, in the Rail Heritage Museum, housed the offices of the railway administration and the ticket windows. A stone plaque is inscribed Bir Al-Saba in Arabic. During the 400 years of the Ottoman rule Beersheba was the only city built in present day Israel. The railway line, opened in October 1915, was meant to meet the Ottoman Army's need for a supply line running from present day Syria to the fighting front in the Sinai Desert during World War I and from there on to Al Madina in Hejaz, present day Saudi Arabia. This Hejaz Railway project was designed by German railway construction engineer Heinrich August Meissner. The train station was active until 1927.