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90 passengers trapped in Kalavryta rack railway due to landslides

Ninety passengers on board of Kalavryta rack railway – Odontotos in Greek- were trapped on Monday after two landslides blocked the rail track due to bad weather affecting the area.

Nobody was injured and all passengers were in good health, media reported.

According to police and local media, buses were supposed to transfer the passengers to Niamata station, however, the rack railway was stopped in an area where buses had no access.

Police and fire brigades ultimately managed to evacuate the passengers and transfer them to the nearest station in Niamata.

The route on the rack railway has been currently suspended, the train traveling from Diakopto to Kalavryta returned safely to Diakopto later local media kalavrytanews.gr reported.

In the area of Kalavryta in the prefecture of Achaia, north-western Peloponnese, problems are generally recorded due to the intense bad weather that currently hits the country with strong storms and hail as well as the forest fires in summer.

The Diakopto-Kalavryta rack railway was built by Italian engineers between 1885 and 1895.

“Odontotos” from “tooth gears” on the track is a historic 750 mm (2 ft 5+12-in) gauge rack railway in Greece.

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Located on the northern Peloponnese, it runs 22 kilometres (14 mi) from Diakopto through the Vouraikos Gorge and the old Mega Spilaion Monastery and up to Kalavryta, stopping en route at Zachlorou.

Today, the infrastructure and rolling stock are owned and maintained by the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) and passenger trains are operated by the Hellenic Train.

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