Florence–Faenza railway

The Florence–Faenza railway, also known as Faentina railway, is a railway line in Italy.

Florence–Faenza railway
Stazione di Vaglia.JPG
Vaglia railway station
Overview
Statusin use
OwnerRete Ferroviaria Italiana
Line number93
LocaleEmilia-Romagna and Tuscany, Italy
TerminiFlorence
Faenza
Service
TypeHeavy rail
Operator(s)Trenitalia
History
OpenedApril 21, 1893
Technical
Line length101 km (63 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrificationno
Route map

km
(0.000)
Firenze Campo di Marte
(1.208)
Le Cure
(1.722) 3.126
Firenze San Marco Vecchio
(2.146) 3.608
Il Cionfo
6.964
Pian di Mugnone
8.750
Fiesole-Caldine
Sant'Andrea a Sveglia (1,192 m)
14.397
Montorsoli
Pratolino (3,607 m)
22.735
Vaglia
26.730
Campomigliaio
29.853
San Piero a Sieve
34.616
Borgo San Lorenzo
to Pontassieve
43.438
Ronta
Croce, Razzolo, Monza (2,336 m)
Dell'Appennino (3,793 m)
56.362
Crespino del Lamone
Salto del Cavallo (1,294 m)
Fantino (1,155 m)
Fantino
until 1961[1]
64.508
Biforco
66.619
Marradi-Palazzuolo sul Senio
68.958
Popolano di Marradi
72.052
San Martino in Gattara
75.945
San Cassiano
79.074
Sant'Eufemia di Brisighella
since 1938[2] until 2012[3]
80.647
Strada Casale
since 1949 [4]
83.960
Fognano
87.935
Brisighella
100.949
Faenza
km
Source: Italian railway atlas[5]

HistoryEdit

The line was opened in several sections as follows:[6]

  • Fognano–Faenza on 9 January 1887
  • Marradi–Fognano on 26 August 1888
  • Florence–Borgo San Lorenzo on 8 April 1890
  • Borgo San Lorenzo–Marradi on 21 April 1893

During the Second World War, the railway was heavily damaged by retreating German troops on the Gothic Line which made it unsuitable for railway services until 1954. However, the services were only restored between Faenza and San Piero a Sieve, forcing the Florence-bound trains to reverse at Borgo San Lorenzo into the Borgo San Lorenzo-Pontassieve railway, with the railway services to San Piero a Sieve being withdrawn in the 1970s.

In 1999, the Faentina was entirely refurbished and the track from Borgo San Lorenzo to Florence was reopened via San Piero a Sieve, Vaglia and Fiesole.

Current ServicesEdit

At present days the railway is served by Regional Trains Faenza-Firenze Santa Maria Novella calling at Brisighella, Fognano, San Cassiano, San Martino in Gattara, Marradi, Biforco, Crespino del Lamone, Ronta, Borgo San Lorenzo, San Piero a Sieve, Vaglia, Fiesole-Caldine and Firenze San Marco Vecchio. Some of these trains make less stops for a faster service calling at Brisighella, Marradi, Ronta, Borgo San Lorenzo, San Piero a Sieve, Vaglia, Fiesole-Caldine and Firenze San Marco Vecchio.

There is also a daily regional train operating, except on Sundays and Public Holidays, between Ravenna and Firenze Santa Maria Novella calling at Godo, Russi, Granarolo Faentino, Faenza, Brisighella, Fognano, San Cassiano, San Martino in Gattara, Marradi, Biforco, Crespino del Lamone, Ronta, Borgo San Lorenzo, San Piero a Sieve, Vaglia, Fiesole-Caldine and Firenze San Marco Vecchio.

During the summer service, the line is also served by two Regional Trains between Firenze Santa Maria Novella and Rimini:

  • R34049 Firenze Santa Maria Novella-Rimini calling at: Firenze San Marco Vecchio, Fiesole-Caldine, Vaglia, San Piero a Sieve, Borgo San Lorenzo, Ronta, Marradi, Brisighella, Faenza, Granarolo Faentino, Russi, Godo, Ravenna, Lido di Classe-Lido di Savio, Cervia-Milano Marittima, Cesenatico, Bellaria, Igea Marina and Rimini Viserba (operates on Sundays and Public Holidays)
  • R34503 Firenze Santa Maria Novella-Rimini calling at: Firenze Campo Marte, Pontassieve, Rufina, Scopeti, Contea-Londa, Dicomano, Vicchio, Borgo San Lorenzo, Ronta, Crespino del Lamone, Biforco, Marradi, San Martino in Gattara, Brisighella, Faenza, Granarolo Faentino, Russi, Godo, Ravenna, Lido di Classe-Lido di Savio, Cervia-Milano Marittima, Cesenatico, Bellaria and Igea Marina (operates daily).

During October Sundays there are special trains between Florence, Rimini, Faenza and Bologna to Marradi for the Sagra delle Castagne event.

StationsEdit

At present days, the railway line has the following stations:

  • Faenza (Terminus)
  • Brisighella
  • Fognano
  • Strada Casale
  • San Cassiano
  • San Martino in Gattara
  • Popolano di Marradi
  • Marradi
  • Biforco
  • Crespino del Lamone
  • Ronta
  • Borgo San Lorenzo
  • San Piero a Sieve
  • Campomigliaio
  • Vaglia
  • Fiesole-Caldine
  • Pian di Mugnone
  • Firenze San Marco Vecchio
  • Firenze Santa Maria Novella (Terminus)

The following stations are only served by 4 train services a day:

  • Strada Casale
  • Popolano di Marradi
  • Campomigliaio (together with some Borgo San Lorenzo-Firenze Campo Marte trains).

The railway station of Pian di Mugnone is only served by a few trains a day between Borgo San Lorenzo and Firenze Campo Marte

The following stations have been dismissed:

  • Sant'Eufemia di Brisighella
  • Panicaglia
  • Fontebuona
  • Cercina
  • Montorsoli (converted into a signalling control)
  • Mimmole
  • Salviati

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Ordine di Servizio n. 114 del 1961
  2. ^ Ordine di Servizio n. 78 del 1938
  3. ^ "Impianti FS". I Treni (351): 8. September 2012.
  4. ^ Ordine di Servizio n. 80 del 1949
  5. ^ Railway Atlas 2017, pp. 48, 49, 52, 145.
  6. ^ Prospetto cronologico 1926.

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