Milan–Chiasso railway

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The Milano–Chiasso railway line is an Italian state-owned railway connecting Milan to Como and Chiasso, Switzerland.

Milan-Chiasso railway
Mappa ferrovia Chiasso-Milano.svg
LocaleItaly - Switzerland
Swiss Federal Railways
Line length51 km (32 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationElectrified at 3000 V DC
Route map

(power system change)
230 m
Left arrowLeft arrowMonte Olimpino 2 tunnel (7,202 m)
Left arrowMonte Olimpino 1 tunnel (1,919 m)
lake link (closed)
Como San Giovanni
201 m
to Left arrowMozzate and Right arrowComo
Rosales junction
(opened 1849)
255 m
Cucciago tunnel (304 m)
Seveso river
Seveso river
248 m
Seveso river
Seveso river
238 m
Seveso river
(opened 1849)
217 m
(opened 1849)
207 m
Desio (opened 1849)
Monza–Meda–Cantù tramway
200 m
(opened 1882)
195 m
Royal railway station of Monza
(private, 1884–1900)
Galleria di Monza
11.934 (12.575)
(opened 1840)
160 m
Left arrowLeft arrow"Lecco" line / Left arrow"Chiasso" line
(7.695) 7.060
Sesto San Giovanni
(opened 1969)
145 m
Sesto San Giovanni (old)
140 m
(3.984) 3.351
Milano Greco Pirelli
(opened 1914)
130 m
Left arrowto Domodossola, Turin (HS and slow)
and belt railway
installed in 2010 and 2012
Mirabello junction
123 m
Garibaldi Tunnel (1562 m)
(opened in 1966)
0.000 0.000
Milano Centrale
(opened in 1931)
Milano Centrale (1864–1931);
old line to Venice and Piacenza
Milano Porta Nuova
(0.000) 4.770
Porta Garibaldi
Left arrowLeft arrowopened 1963 (surface)
Left arrowopened 1997 (underground)
Milano Porta Nuova
Milano Porta Nuova

Lake Como branch

FS line from Chiasso
FS line to Milan
bridge over via Borgo Vico
bridge over Cosia torrent
Como Lago FS yard

It is electrified at 3000 volts DC. Between Milan and Monza it has four tracks and is used not only by trains operating to and from Como, but also by freight and passenger trains connecting Milan with Bergamo and Lecco, either directly or routed via Molteno. North of Monza it has two tracks, but between the junction "Bivio Rosales" and Chiasso there is a parallel double track line (used mainly by freight trains) including Monte Olimpino 2 tunnel (7207 m).


The first section of the line is the Milan–Monza line, which was opened by the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia (part of the Austrian Empire) as the Imperiale Regia Privilegiata Strada Ferrata da Milano a Monza ("Imperial Royal Privileged Railway from Milan to Monza") on 18 August 1840, the second railway opened in Italy after the Naples–Portici railway line.[2] The government originally intended to permit the line to be extended to Bergamo,[3] but had intended that a separate concession be granted for a line from Milan to Como. Instead, it decided to scale down the project by allowing the Monza line to be extended to Como.[4] On 10 October 1849 line was opened from Monza to Camnago in Lentate sul Seveso and it was extended to Camerlata on 6 December.[2] The line was completed to Como in 1875.[4] It was part of the Società per le strade ferrate dell'Alta Italia (Upper Italian Railways) from 1865, the Società per le Strade Ferrate del Mediterraneo (Mediterranean Railway Company) from 1885 and Ferrovie dello Stato from 1905.


Since 14 December 2008 suburban services on this line between Como and Milano Porta Garibaldi have been operated hourly by Trenitalia as line S11 of the Milan Suburban Railway Network. From 12 December 2004 regional passenger trains had been operated by TiLo ("Treni Regionali Ticino Lombardia", a joint venture of Ferrovie dello Stato and Swiss Federal Railways).[5] Line S9 operates between Seregno and Milano San Cristoforo via the ring railway. Camnago-Lentate station is the northern terminus of line S4, using the Camnago–Seveso link of the Milan–Asso line, and provides a link to Milan Cadorna station and the lines of Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM). There are some peak hours trains without a regular interval timetable. In 2006 integrated ticketing and subscriptions allowing travel using a single ticket on trains of both LeNord (FNM passenger services) and TiLo were introduced to facilitate rail traffic between Brianza and Milan.

The line is also used by long-distance Eurocity trains to and from Basel and Zurich.

The line is used by many railway companies to transport goods to and from Switzerland and northern Europe.



  1. ^ Atlante ferroviario s'Italia e Slovenia [Italian and Slovenian railway atlas)] (1 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2010. pp. 21, 128–9, 131–2. ISBN 978-3-89494-129-1.
  2. ^ a b Kalla-Bishop 1971, p. 20
  3. ^ Zaninelli 1995, p. 85
  4. ^ a b Zaninelli 1995, p. 87
  5. ^ Today's Railways 2009, p. 7


  • D'Amia, Giovanna (2004), "Il collegamento ferroviario tra Milano e Como nell'età della restaurazione e le prime stazioni milanesi (The rail link between Milan and Como in the age of the restoration and the first stations in Milan)", in Godoli, Enzo (ed.), Architettura ferroviaria in Italia. Ottocento (Railway architecture in Italy, 19th century) (in Italian), Dario Flaccovio editore, ISBN 88-7758-599-4
  • Kalla-Bishop, P. M. (1971), Italian Railways, Newton Abbott, Devon, England: David & Charles, p. 208
  • Zaninelli, Sergio (1995), Le ferrovie in Lombardia tra Ottocento e Novecento (The railways of Lombardy in the 19th and 20th centuries) (in Italian), Milan: Edizioni Il Polifilo, ISBN 88-7050-195-7
  • "Trenitialia reduces role in TILO", Today's Railways, Sheffield, England (157), January 2009

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