Poprad-Tatry railway station

Poprad-Tatry railway station (Slovak: Železničná stanica Poprad-Tatry) is a break-of-gauge junction station serving the city of Poprad, in the Prešov Region, northeastern Slovakia.

Poprad-Tatry
Železničná stanica Poprad-Tatry 4.JPG
LocationJiřího Wolkera
05801 Poprad
Poprad CoA - new version.svg Poprad
Poprad
 Prešov Region
 Slovakia
Coordinates49°03′35″N 20°17′47″E / 49.05972°N 20.29639°E / 49.05972; 20.29639Coordinates: 49°03′35″N 20°17′47″E / 49.05972°N 20.29639°E / 49.05972; 20.29639
Elevation670 m (2,200 ft)
Owned byŽeleznice Slovenskej republiky (ŽSR)
Operated byŽelezničná spoločnosť Slovensko (ŽSSK)
Line(s)Košice–Bohumín
Poprad-Tatry–Plaveč
Tatra Electric Railway
Distance199.39 km (123.90 mi) from Slovakia–Ukraine border
Platforms4
Connections
  • Local buses
History
Opened8 December 1871 (1871-12-08)
Location
Poprad-Tatry is located in Slovakia
Poprad-Tatry
Poprad-Tatry
Location within Slovakia

Opened in 1871, the station forms part of the standard gauge Košice–Bohumín Railway, and is the junction between that line and the Poprad-Tatry–Plaveč railway, a standard gauge branch line. Poprad-Tatry is also the southern terminus of the metre gauge Tatra Electric Railway, and, as such, is a gateway to the High Tatras mountain range, a popular tourist destination.

The station is currently owned by Železnice Slovenskej republiky (ŽSR); train services are operated by Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko (ZSSK).

LocationEdit

Poprad-Tatry railway station is situated at Jiřího Wolkera, at the north western edge of the town centre.

HistoryEdit

The station was opened on 8 December 1871, together with the rest of the Žilina–Poprad section of the Košice–Bohumín Railway. Only four days later, upon the inauguration of the section to Spišská Nová Ves, it became a through station.

With the commissioning of the first part of the Poprad-Tatry–Plaveč railway in 1889, the station was transformed into a junction.

The metre gauge connection with the High Tatras was achieved on 20 December 1908, via Starý Smokovec.

On 25 March 1942, the first deportation of Slovak Jews left Poprad station for the Auschwitz death camp. The train that departed that day was carrying about 1,000 Jewish girls and young women. Most of the subsequent transports of Slovak Jews similarly departed from Poprad. By the end of 1942, when the transports were halted, over 58,000 Jews had been deported from Slovakia to Poland.[1][2]

Following a renovation in the 1980s, the station reached its present form as a two level interchange station. An SKK 858 million modernization and extension of the 1980s renovations was carried out in 2006–2007.[3]

Train servicesEdit

Poprad-Tatry railway station is the junction of the following Slovakian railway lines:

Line 180 forms part of Pan-European Corridor Va, which runs from Venice in Italy to Kiev in Ukraine, via Bratislava, Žilina, Košice and Uzhhorod.

InterchangeEdit

The station offers interchange with local buses.

ServicesEdit

Preceding station   ŽSSK   Following station
Liptovský Mikuláš
toward Prague
  EuroNight
EN Slovakia
  Spišská Nová Ves
toward Košice
Liptovský Mikuláš
toward Bratislava
  InterCity   Kysak
Košice
Štrba
toward Žilina
  Regional fast trains   Spišská Nová Ves
toward Humenné
Svit
toward Žilina
  Stopping trains   Gánovce
toward Košice
Terminus   Stopping trains   Matejovce pri Poprade
toward Tatranská Lomnica
Terminus   Stopping trains   Matejovce pri Poprade
toward Stará Ľubovňa
Veľký Slavkov
toward Štrbské Pleso
  Stopping trains
Tatra Electric Railway
  Terminus

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Memorial Plaque to the Deported Jews at Poprad Railway Station". Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Memorial plaque for deported Jews at Poprad railway station". Holocaust Memorials: Monuments, Museums and Institutions in Commemoration of Nazi Victims. Berlin, Germany: Stiftung Topographie des Terrors. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  3. ^ "Vynovili stanicu v Poprade" (in Slovak). 5 October 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  • Catchpole, Paul (1998). Steam and Rail in Slovakia. Kings Norton, Birmingham, England: Locomotives International. ISBN 1-900340-08-9.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Railway stations in Poprad at Wikimedia Commons