Patras railway station

Patras railway station (Greek: Σιδηροδρομικός Σταθμός Πατρών, romanizedSidirodromikos Stathmos Patron) is a railway station in Patras in the northwestern Peloponnese, Greece. The station is located in the center of the city, beside the north port on Piraeus–Patras line and Patras–Kyparissia line and is severed by both Proastiakos Patras Services. Pending the completion of the Athens Airport–Patras railway, it is also the starting point of TrainOSE bus lines to Aigio, Diakopto and Kiato, where connecting train services to Athens Airport and Piraeus (via Athens central railway station) are available.[2] Diakopto is also the terminus of the unique rack railway to Kalavryta.

Proastiakos icon (no text).svg Πάτρα
Patra
Patras railway station 1.jpg
Patras railway station, view from the railway tracks (2018)
LocationPatras
Greece
Coordinates38°14′59″N 21°44′06″E / 38.2498°N 21.7351°E / 38.2498; 21.7351Coordinates: 38°14′59″N 21°44′06″E / 38.2498°N 21.7351°E / 38.2498; 21.7351
Owned byOSE
Line(s)Piraeus–Patras railway and
Patras–Kyparissia railway[1]
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Train operatorsTrainOSE
ConnectionsProastiakos icon (no text).svg[1]
Construction
Structure typeat-grade
Platform levels1
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Disabled accessAiga ticketpurchase inv.svg Aiga waitingroom inv.svg Aiga toilets inv.svg Aiga stairs down inv.svg Aiga restaurant inv.svg Aiga bus inv.svg
Other information
StatusStaffed
Websitehttp://www.ose.gr/en/
History
Opened1954

9 July 2010 (Line 1)

16 March 2020 (Line 2)
Closed29 February 2020
ElectrifiedNo
Services
Preceding station   Proastiakos icon (no text).svg Proastiakos   Following station
Terminus
Line 1
toward Rio
Location
Πάτρα Patra is located in Patras
Πάτρα Patra
Proastiakos icon (no text).svg Πάτρα
Patra
Location within Patras

HistoryEdit

The station opened in 1954 as the main passenger terminal of the city, (replacing the older Agios Dionysios as the closest station to the city center) on the Kryoneri-Agrinio line, constructed in 1890. Originally located near the current hotel "Astir"[3] Considerations for the construction of the station near the port of Patras had as early as 1901. A holt had opened for commercial use one due to its proximity to the port [4] with the construction in 1890 of the Kryoneri-Agrinio line, the station became the end of that line and the goods were transported to the city port to be unloaded on ships.[5] as a result when the station opened in 1954 it became both the terminal of the line Piraeus-Patras and a starting point of the now defunct Patras-Kyparissia line.

In 1970 OSE became the legal successor to the SEK, taking over responsibilities for most of Greece's rail infrastructure. On 1 January 1971 the station, and most of Greek rail infrastructure where transferred to the Hellenic Railways Organisation S.A., a state-owned corporation. Freight traffic declined sharply when the state-imposed monopoly of OSE for the transport of agricultural products and fertilisers ended in the early 1990s. Many small stations of the network with little passenger traffic were closed down. In 2005 operations from the station were suspended due to the reconstruction works of the OSE railway network in the region. In 2009, with the Greek debt crisis unfolding OSE's Management was forced to reduce services across the network. Timetables were cutback and routes closed, as the government-run entity attempted to reduce overheads. The station reopened on 9 July 2010 as part of the Proastiakos Patras services, served by trains between Agios Andreas and Agios Vassilios stations. Since the suspension of regional services on the metre-gauge railways of the Peloponnese in 2011,[6] the station is used only by local Proastiakos trains which currently connect the city with the suburbs of Rio and Kaminia.[7] In 2017 OSE's passenger transport sector was privatised as TrainOSE, currently, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane[8] infrastructure, including stations, remained under the control of OSE. From 29 February 2020 service were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the starting point of the new Line 2 of the Suburban Railway to the town of Kato Achaia.[9] With the resumption of services on 4 July 2020, it was replaced as the starting point of Line 2 by Agios Andreas.[10][11]

The station also serves as that starting point of the TRAINOSE bus services that connects Patras with Aigio and Kiato via Diakoptos, where the starting point of Odontotos is located. At these three stations, the railway response takes place with the Athens Suburban Railway. The trains of the latter run on the line Airport-Patras, the construction of which has been completed to Rododafni Achaia.

FacilitiesEdit

The station lies in central Patras between Othonos-Amalias Avenue and the north port. It is a small concrete building, typical of the 1950s without any modern facilities. Beside the station, there is a restaurant and a cafeteria. There is only a single platform and two meter gauge rail tracks. After the completion of the new railway line[12] the station will move to another more spacious building but still there are no publicly available data regarding the location and the architectural design of the new station.

Within a few meters distance from the station, there is the Patras Railway Museum open-air showroom[13] which hosts a very old locomotive of the Piraeus, Athens and Peloponnese Railways (SPAP) No. Zs 7.532[14][15]

ServicesEdit

The station is served by the Agios AndreasRio line of the Proastiakos, with another line running from the Agios Andreas terminus to Kaminia pending the extension to Kato Achaia.[7] Rail services are provided by OSE trains (Stadler GTW 2/6 diesel two-car units). The trains run every hour daily, from 6:23 in the morning until 23:23 in the evening.[16] The Agios Andreas–Rio route has two bus connections at Kastellokampos—to Agios Vasileios and the General University Hospital of Patras via the University of Patras.[16]

Several local bus lines of Patras pass through the station.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "OSE - 2017 Network Statement Annexes".
  2. ^ "BUSES PATRAS-KIATO-PATRAS" (PDF). Athens: TrainOSE. 20 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  3. ^ Costas N. Triantafyllou, Historical Dictionary of Patras, Volume II, Petros Chr. Kouli, Patra 1995, Third Edition, entry "railways", p. 1843.
  4. ^ ":: Ιστορικό Αρχείο στο Internet :: Κατάλογος Αποτελεσμάτων Αναζήτησης :: ARXEION-XML".
  5. ^ "A ΦIEPΩMA. H ιστορία των Σιδηροδρόμων AΦIEPΩMA. Aπό τη δημιουργία του πρώτου δικτύου έως τον O.Σ.E. - PDF Free Download". docplayer.gr.
  6. ^ "ΤΡΑΙΝΟΣΕ: Διακοπή δρομολογίων και αύξηση κομίστρων | naftemporiki.gr". Naftemporiki (in Greek). Athens. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Map of Patras suburban railway" (PDF). Athens: TrainOSE. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  8. ^ "It's a new day for TRAINOSE as FS acquires the entirety of the company's shares". ypodomes.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Ξεκινούν, στις 29 Φεβρουαρίου, τα νέα δρομολόγια του Προαστιακού από-προς την Κάτω Αχαΐα". February 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Προαστιακός Πάτρας". TrainOSE.
  11. ^ "Μέχρι Καμίνια από αύριο ο Προαστιακός της Πάτρας - Επανασχεδιασμός και νέα δρομολόγια". THE BEST. July 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "Rio – New Port of Patras".
  13. ^ "Patras Museum Showroom - OSE". ose.gr.
  14. ^ "MixanikosOse: Το παλιό τραινάκι του ΟΣΕ στην Πάτρα έγινε "κουκλί" - Δείτε φωτογραφίες πως ήταν και πως έγινε". December 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "Τελευταίες πινελιές στο παλιό τρένο του ΟΣΕ στην Πάτρα" – via www.youtube.com.
  16. ^ a b "Patras Suburban Railway". Athens: TrainOSE. Retrieved 20 July 2020.

External linksEdit

Οργανισμός Σιδηροδρόμων Ελλάδος (ΟΣΕ) - GTP