Rouf railway station (Greek: Σιδηροδρομικός Σταθμός Ρουφ, romanizedSidirodromikos stathmos Rouf) is a station on the Piraeus–Platy railway line in Rouf, a neighbourhood of Athens, located on the borders of the municipalities of Athens and Tavros. Originally opened on 30 June 1884[4] it was rebuilt to serve Athens Suburban Railway lines when this section came into operation in June 2007. It owes its name to the area of Rouf, named after a Bavarian businessman who once owned the land in the 19th century.

Ρουφ
Rouf
Rouf railway station, January 2018
General information
LocationConstantinople & Amfipoleos Ave, 118 54, Athens
Central Athens
Greece
Coordinates37°58′26″N 23°42′13″E / 37.973979°N 23.703632°E / 37.973979; 23.703632
Owned byGAIAOSE[1]
Line(s)Piraeus–Platy railway[2]
Platforms8 (3 in use)
Tracks8 (3 through lines)
Train operatorsHellenic Train
Construction
Structure typeat-grade
Depth2
Platform levels1
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Accessible [3]
Other information
Websitehttp://www.ose.gr/en/
History
Opened30 June 1884; 139 years ago (1884-06-30)[4]
Rebuilt4 June 2007; 17 years ago (2007-06-04)
Electrified25 kV 50 Hz AC[2]
Services
Preceding station Athens Suburban Railway Suburban Rail Following station
Tavros
towards Piraeus
Line A1 Athens
Line A4 Athens
towards Kiato
Former services
SPAP
Rentis   Piraeus–Patras railway   Athens Peloponnese
Location
Map
Rouf railway station
line structure
Diagram not to scale

History

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The station opened in its original form on 30 June 1884[4] on what was the Piraeus, Athens and Peloponnese line (or SPAP) build to connect Piraeus and Athens. In the early 20th century, a large freight depot was built alongside the station and was the main freight base of the Greek railways.[5] In 1920 Hellenic State Railways or SEK was established; however, many railways, such as the SPAP continued to be run as a separate company, becoming an independent company once more two years later.

Due to growing debts, the SPAP came under government control between 1939 and 1940. During the Axis occupation of Greece (1941–44), Athens was controlled by German military forces, and the line was used for the transport of troops and weapons. During the occupation (and especially during the German withdrawal in 1944), the network was severely damaged by both the German army and Greek resistance groups. The track and rolling stock replacement took time following the civil war, with regular services resumeing around 1948. In 1954 SPAP was nationalized once more. In 1962 the SPAP was amalgamated into SEK.[6] 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 the Greek rail infrastructure were 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 2001 the infrastructure element of OSE was created, known as GAIAOSE;[1] 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.[1] In 2003, OSE launched "Proastiakos SA", as a subsidiary to serve the operation of the suburban network in the urban complex of Athens during the 2004 Olympic Games. In 2005, TrainOSE was created as a brand within OSE to concentrate on rail services and passenger interface.

In 2005, the station was closed for major upgrades to allow the new suburban railway to use the station. On 4 June 2007, its extensive renovation and integration into the new suburban railway network were completed. In 2008, all Athens Suburban Railway services were transferred from OSE to TrainOSE. In 2009, with the Greek debt crisis unfolding OSE's Management was forced to reduce services across the network.[7] Timetables were cutback and routes closed, as the government-run entity attempted to reduce overheads. In 2017 OSE's passenger transport sector was privatised as TrainOSE, (Now Hellenic Train) currently, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane[8] infrastructure, including stations, remained under the control of OSE.

Today, the station houses a restored steam-engine and former Orient Express rollingstock known as "The Train in Rouf".[9] Operating as a theatre since 1997, The museum vehicle is parked on one of the disused platforms and hosts theatrical and musical performances.[10] In July 2022, the station began being served by Hellenic Train, the rebranded TranOSE.[11]

Facilities

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The station is still housed in a 20th-century brick-built station building, the original being since long demolished. As of 2020 the station is unstaffed, with no staffed booking office; however, there are waiting rooms. Access to the platforms is via a subway under the lines, with wheelchair accessible by elevator. The platforms have shelters with seating; however, there are no dot-matrix display departure and arrival screens or timetable poster boards on the platforms. The station, however, does have a buffet called POYΦ. There is also a taxi rank and parking in the forecourt and infrequent buses do call at the station.

Services

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Since 15 May 2022, the following weekday services call at this station:

Bus route 838 and Trolleybus route 21 call at the nearest bus stop, at Petrou Ralli. Until 1960, Rouf station was served by Tram route 4.

Station layout

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L
Ground/Concourse
Customer service Tickets/Exits
Level
Ε1
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 0     to Piraeus (Tavros)
Platform 1   to Athens Airport /   to Kiato (Athens)
Island platform, doors open on the right/left
Platform 2     to Piraeus (Tavros)
Through Lines   Lines
Platform 4 In non-regular use
Island platform, doors to the left
Platform 5 In non-regular use
Island platform, doors on the right/left
Platform 6 In non-regular use
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See also

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References

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  1. ^ a b c "Home". gaiaose.com.
  2. ^ a b "Annexes". Network Statement (PDF) (2023 ed.). Athens: Hellenic Railways Organization. 17 January 2023. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original on 2 October 2023. Retrieved 24 September 2023.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Το Τρένο στο Ρουφ". totrenostorouf.gr.
  4. ^ a b c Γκιώνης, Δημήτρης (16 March 2014). "Ταξίδι σε άλλες εποχές…". efsyn.gr.
  5. ^ Οι Ελληνικοί Σιδηρόδρομοι - Η διαδρομή τους από το 1869 έως σήμερα. Αθήνα: Μίλητος. p. 82.
  6. ^ Ν. 4246/1962
  7. ^ "Σιδηροδρομικός σταθμός - Μουσείο τρένων". Archived from the original on 5 October 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  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. ^ "Το Τρένο στο Ρουφ". totrenostorouf.gr.
  10. ^ "Καλλιτεχνική Εταιρεία Αξάνα". totrenostorouf.gr. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  11. ^ https://www.ekathimerini.com/economy/1188080/trainose-renamed-hellenic-train-eyes-expansion/ [bare URL]
  12. ^ Antoniou, George (20 June 2022). "Timetable: Piraeus-Athens-Airport and Ano Liosia-Koropi-Airport" (PDF). Hellenic Train. Athens. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 November 2022. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
    Antoniou, George (20 June 2022). "Timetable: Airport-Koropi-Ano Liosia and Airport-Athens-Piraeus" (PDF). Hellenic Train. Athens. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 November 2022. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  13. ^ Antoniou, George (20 June 2022). "Timetable: Piraeus-Athens-Kiato and Kiato-Athens-Piraeus" (PDF). Hellenic Train. Athens. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 November 2022. Retrieved 10 November 2022.