Attica Railways

Attica Railways (Greek: Σιδηρόδρομοι Αττικής) was a railway company which operated a metre gauge railway system in Attica, Greece.

Attica Railways
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Attica Railways Locomotive Γ10
Overview
Native nameΣιδηρόδρομοι Αττικής
LocaleAttica, Greece
TerminiAthens
Lavrion, Dionyssos
Stations23
History
Commenced1882 (1882)
Opened20 June 1885 (1885-06-20)
Purchased1910 (1910)
Technical
Line length76 km (47 mi)
Track gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
Route map

until 1926
Athens
(Lavrion Square)
Stroubou
Attiki
Kato Patissia
Ano Patissia
Nea Ionia
Heraklion
Kalogreza
Amarousion
Halandri
Kifissia
Gerakas
Strofyli
Kantza
Dionyssos
Cambas Winery
Liopesi
Koropi
Markopoulon
Kalyvia
Koyvarades
Keratea
Daskaleio
Spiliazeza
Thoriko
Lavrion

The contract between the Greek government and the Hellenic Company of Lavrion Metallurgies was signed in 1882. The line would connect downtown Athens to Eastern Attica terminating at the mining town of Lavrion, with a branch line from Heraklion to Kifissia.[1]

The line from Attiki station[2] to Kifissia (a northern suburb) was opened on February 2, 1885, and was later extended further north to Stofyli. The main line to Lavrion was opened on June 20, 1885. In 1889 the line was extended by 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) towards the center of Athens, the new terminal station located at Lavrion Square, near Omonoia Square.

The total length of the lines operated by Attica Railways was 76 kilometres (47 mi). The main rolling stock depot and repair workshop were located at Attiki station, with additional facilities at Lavrion.

In 1910 Attica Railways were taken over by the Hellenic Electric Company.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ 130 Χρόνια Ηλεκτρικοί Σιδηρόδρομοι Αθηνών-Πειραιώς Α.Ε. (130 years of Athens-Piraeus electric railways). ISAP. 1999–2005. pp. 113–115. ISBN 960-86477-0-3.
  2. ^ At a location in Athens formerly called Kassida and promptly renamed Attiki (Attica, Greek: Αττική) after the railway. Even today the location is called Attica Square (Plateia Attikis), not to be confused with the Attica Region served by the line.