Kypseli railway station

Kypseli railway station (Greek: Σιδηροδρομικός Σταθμός Κυψέλης, romanizedSidirodromikos Stathmos Kypseli) is a railway station in Kileler, Thessaly, Greece. Located 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) northeast of Kileler. Opened on 22 April 1884 by the Thessaly Railways (now part of OSE), today Hellenic Train operates fourteen daily local trains to Larissa and Volos.

Κυψέλη
Kypseli
General information
LocationKileler
Larissa
Greece
Coordinates39°31′21″N 22°39′12″E / 39.5226°N 22.6534°E / 39.5226; 22.6534
Owned byGAIAOSE[1]
Line(s)Larissa–Volos railway[2]
Platforms1
Tracks2 (1 disused)
Train operatorsHellenic Train
Construction
Structure typeat-grade
Platform levels1
ParkingNo
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Accessible
Other information
Statusunstaffed
Websitehttp://www.ose.gr/en/
History
Opened22 April 1884; 140 years ago (1884-04-22)
ElectrifiedNo[3]
Services
Preceding station Hellenic Train Hellenic Train Following station
Larissa
Terminus
Local
Volos branch
Armenio
towards Volos
Former service
Preceding station Thessaly Railways Following station
Melia
towards Larissa
Larissa–Volos Armenio
towards Volos
Location
Kileler, Thessaly is located in Greece
Kileler, Thessaly
Kileler, Thessaly
Location within Greece
Map

History

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The station was opened on 22 April 1884 by the Thessaly Railways (now part of OSE). The line was designed by the Italian Evaristo de Chirico, (father of Giorgio de Chirico) soon after the liberation of Central Greece from the Ottomans. Kypseli is a former name of Kileler.[4] However the railway station retains the old name. In 1960 the line from Larissa to Volos was converted to standard gauge and connected at Larissa with the mainline from Athens to Thessaloniki, allowing OSE to run through services to Volos from Athens and Thessaloniki. In 1970 OSE became the legal successor to the SEK, taking over responsibilities for most of Greece's rail infrastructure.

In 2001 the infrastructure element of OSE was created, known as GAIAOSE; it would henceforth be responsible for the maintenance of stations, bridges and other elements of the network, as well as the leasing and the sale of railway assists.[5] In 2005, TrainOSE was created as a brand within OSE to concentrate on rail services and passenger interface.

In 2009, with the Greek debt crisis unfolding OSE's Management was forced to reduce services across the network. Timetables were cut back, and routes closed as the government-run entity attempted to reduce overheads. In 2017 OSE's passenger transport sector was privatised as TrainOSE, currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane.[6] Infrastructure, including stations, remained under the control of OSE.

In May 2022, INTRAKAT was given the go-ahead for the €82.890.000 electrification and signalling upgrades of the Larissa–Volos line, due for completion in 2025.[7] In July 2022, the station began being served by Hellenic Train, the rebranded TranOSE[8]

Facilities

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The station is little more than a halt, with only a small brick building near the raised tracks. There is no platform and, as such, no real disabled access. The original Thessaly Railways building survives but is no longer utilised.

Services

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The station is served by fourteen local trains between Larissa and Volos.

References

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  1. ^ "Home". gaiaose.com.
  2. ^ "Annexes". Network Statement (PDF) (2023 ed.). Athens: Hellenic Railways Organization. 17 January 2023. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2023. Retrieved 24 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Η ΙΝΤΡΑΚΑΤ ανέλαβε την ηλεκτροκίνηση και σηματοδότηση στη γραμμή τρένου Λάρισα – Βόλος". 6 May 2022.
  4. ^ EETAA local government changes, Kileler
  5. ^ "Home". gaiaose.com.
  6. ^ "It's a new day for TRAINOSE as FS acquires the entirety of the company's shares". ypodomes.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Η ΙΝΤΡΑΚΑΤ ανέλαβε την ηλεκτροκίνηση και σηματοδότηση στη γραμμή τρένου Λάρισα – Βόλος". 6 May 2022.
  8. ^ https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1188080/trainose-renamed-hellenic-train-eyes-expansion/ [bare URL]