Catanzaro railway station

Catanzaro, commonly known as Catanzaro Sala for the position in Sala quarter and due to the name of the adjacent FC station, is a railway station of the Italian city of Catanzaro, in Calabria region.

View of the station platforms
View of the station platforms
General information
LocationViale della Stazione
Rione Sala - 88100 Catanzaro
Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Calabria
Coordinates38°53′46.82″N 16°35′56.71″E / 38.8963389°N 16.5990861°E / 38.8963389; 16.5990861
Operated byRete Ferroviaria Italiana
Line(s)Lamezia-Catanzaro Lido (FS)
Cosenza-Catanzaro Lido (FC)
Platforms2 (per 3 tracks, FS Side)
2 (per 3 tracks, FC side)
Train operatorsTrenitalia
Opened31 July 1899; 124 years ago (1899-07-31)
Closed15 June 2008 (2008-06-15) (old FS station)
Rebuilt15 June 2008 (2008-06-15) (new FS station)
Catanzaro is located in Calabria
Location in Calabria
Catanzaro is located in Italy
Location in Italy

Owned by the Ferrovie dello Stato it is one of the main stations of the city along with Catanzaro Lido. In 2008 a new Catanzaro station, colloquially known as Catanzaro Germaneto, has been inaugurated in the suburban quarter of Germaneto on a new bypass of FS line.[1] Due for this reason the old station was closed for FS services, but not for the suburban railway owned by FC.

History edit

The station was opened on July 31, 1899, as part of a line that linked the centre of the city to the Jonian (serving Catanzaro Lido) and the Tyrrhenian (serving Lamezia Terme Centrale) lines. On July 10, 1933, it was inaugurated the adjacent Catanzaro Sala station, owned by the Ferrovie della Calabria (FC) and part of the Cosenza-Catanzaro Lido line.

In 1998 it was re-opened a funicular built in 1910 and operating still 1954.[2] The funicular was built to link the central station to the city centre crossing the height difference (154.60 m). A few years later funicular's re-opening it started operating a suburban rail service on the FC line, colloquially named Metropolitana di Catanzaro[3] (Catanzaro Subway), also due to the increased number of train stops in the city.

After the closure in 2008 the FS station was abandoned. Some projects, as the one to use the old line to Lido, have been considered. In latest 2009 it was announced a project, named "Pendolo", to link it to the new Germaneto station with a future line.[4][5] This project has been considered as a possibility to the new station to have a link to the hub of the suburban rail service; and this new junction may be part of it as a second line.[6]

Catanzaro Germaneto edit

The new railway station,[7] located in the south-western suburb of the city (Coordinates: 38°51′55.74″N 16°33′46.67″E / 38.8654833°N 16.5629639°E / 38.8654833; 16.5629639) and 6 km far from the old and homonymous one, was opened on June 15, 2008.[8] Located on a bypass of the Lamezia Terme-Catanzaro Lido line (from Marcellinara to Catanzaro Lido ), built in the early 2000s to avoid the curves and the tunnels of the old and partly decaying route, it has replaced the historical central station. The new train stop, officially named Catanzaro but commonly Catanzaro Germaneto to distinguish it from the old structures, serves the government offices of the region and the campus of the Magna Græcia University, located not too far from it.

Germaneto has a modern one-floor station building and counts 2 platforms used by 3 tracks .[9] The new line is not electrified as the old one but a project to electrify it has been considered.

Structure edit

The station counts a large two-floor building and, close to the structure, is located the depot building. It counts two covered platforms used by three tracks, and other three were used by goods wagons. The railway line is not electrified and the track gauge is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in). Due to the abandon after 2008 the station's structures are partly decaying. In front of it is located the building of Sala FC station, the one still operating. The building is closed and has no services. The FC station counts 2 little platforms used by 3 tracks. The line is not electrified and the track gauge is 950 mm (3 ft 1+38 in) narrow gauge.

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External links edit

  Media related to Catanzaro Sala train station (FS) at Wikimedia Commons