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Plans to revive ‘historic’ meter gauge railway line in Peloponnese

A plan to revive the abandoned meter gauge railway line in Peloponnese to serve not just as a historic attraction but also passenger needs has received a significant boost after Switzerland offered its help and expertise, state-run news agency amna reported on Tuesday.

The idea to reactivate Europe’s longest meter gauge railway network was the subject of a meeting between the president of Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE), Giannos Grammatidis, and Swiss Ambassador in Athens Stefan Estermann, who expressed his interest in helping the plan go ahead.

Estermann reportedly assured Swiss support for a feasibility study that is currently under way and whose findings will be discussed at a meeting of all the involved parties in the northwestern Peloponnesian town of Nafplio in December. He also said that he would reach out to relevant actors in Switzerland with experience in operating metric mountain railway systems and creating attractive programs to promote the ‘Peloponnese Railway.’

Grammatidis, for his part, welcomed the offered assistance and underlined the importance of reviving the railway for passenger, cultural and tourist purposes, with the ultimate goal of connecting places of natural beauty and historical interest such as Corinth, Nafplio, Kalamata, Mycenae and Ancient Olympia, among many others.

The ‘Peloponnese Railway’ is part of what was the Piraeus, Athens and Peloponnese Railways, or SPAP, a railway company founded in 1882 and nationalized in 1954.

PS People with knowledge of the issue noted on social media:

The Corinth-Nafplio section of this line was renovated, at no small cost, in the first decade of this century and was operational – and woefully mismanaged – up to 2011/2012 or so. It’s since fallen into disrepair, with it’s signalling and crossing systems vandalised or stolen.

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2 comments

  1. stephanie sampson

    If it works don’t fix it; the wonderful Peloponissos train line was sadly terminated years ago and the new one has taken ages; the old train line went through picturesque towns and villages.

  2. At the same time, the mayor of Volos cemented over the historic railway lines that pass through Agria in Pilio. That is because the mayor didn’t do much to restore the damage that was done to the waterfront of Agria by the storm Daniel and the people who depend on tourism complained. Restoring the old lines that pass through the waterfront would be too much so he simply had them cemented.