Paul Steane's Photography Pages

Greece

OSE is Organismos Sidirodromon Ellados, Greek Railways.

The first photograph was taken on a trip to Greece in May 2004 - see trip report.

The next group of photographs were taken on a trip to Greece in May 2010 - see trip report.

The remainder were taken on a ten day trip in April 2013, based around a 5-day railtour on the Peloponnese metre gauge railway system - see here for photos of this, others are included below. See trip report.
8th April 2013: Athens to Thessaloniki via the Florina branch;
9th April 2013: Thessaloniki to Piraeus and Athens via the Volos, Stylida and Halkida branches;
10th April 2013: travelling from Athens to Patra, via the Diakofto - Kalavryta 750mm gauge railway;
16th April 2013: Athens local rail, metro and tram routes;
17th April 2013: Athens area.

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OSE diesel locomotive 220 030 stands at Idoméni station whilst working train 410 northwards from Thessaloníki. This loco will be replaced by a Macedonian Railways electric at Gevgelija, just across the border. Though the whole line is nominally electrified at 25kV 50Hz, the Greek section was being worked at this date by diesels due to long term engineering works. Train 410 works through to Beograd and Ljubljana, hence the JŽ restaurant car (at the rear) and Slovenian coaches.
Photograph taken on 09/05/2004 at 09:28
Siemens "Desiro" OSE class 460 EMU at Litochoro, south of Thessaloniki.
Photograph taken on 04/05/2010 at 14:21
A view of Mount Olympus from Litochoro station.
Photograph taken on 04/05/2010 at 14:22
A view of the Aegean Sea from Litochoro station.
Photograph taken on 04/05/2010 at 14:26
OSE electric locomotive 120 025 ready to form train 334, the 17:05 from Thessaloniki to Beograd via Skopje. This locomotive worked as far as Gevgelija, just inside Macedonia.
Photograph taken on 04/05/2010 at 16:44
Florina station.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2013 at 14:56
OSE DMU 520 205 / 520 108 at Florina in north-west Greece.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2013 at 15:00
Volos station: OSE DMU 621 202 / 108 has just arrived from Larissa. The Larissa - Volos route was opened in 1881 at metre gauge, and was re-gauged to standard in 1960. However metre gauge tracks remained here until 1999 when the metre gauge line from Volos to Paleofarsalos and Kalambaka was closed, only the latter secton being converted to standard gauge. There were also 600mm gauge tracks here to Milies until closure in 1971.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 09:32
A line-up of "preserved" metre gauge steam locomotives adjacent to the station at Volos.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 09:34
The remains of triple (1435mm, 1000mm and 600mm) and dual gauge (1435mm and 1000mm) tracks just east of the station at Volos.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 09:36
Triple (1435mm, 1000mm and 600mm) gauge tracks remain under the tarmac of the road east of the station at Volos.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 09:40
600mm gauge tracks in the station forecourt at Volos.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 09:51
An OSE class 520 DMU at Stylida, terminus of the branch from Lianokladi.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 13:59
The old terminus building at Halkida still stands but trains now terminate at a platform behind the camera. Though this route from Athens via the junction at Inoi is electrified, it is not clear that electric trains have ever run: the electrification through the central Athens route has not been completed. Just beyond the buffer stop is the narrow waterway between the mainland and the island of Evia.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 17:17
A pair of OSE Class 560 DMUs at the modern terminal platform at Halkida, terminus of the branch line from Inoi. All trains work through Athens to Piraeus.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 17:23
The frontage of the mainline station at Piraeus; the harbour is behind the camera and to the right. This was the terminus of the former Piraeus Athens and Peloponnese Railway, which between 1884 and 1902 built a total of 722km of metre gauge track, the largest metre gauge network in Europe. The metre gauge route into Piraeus was closed in 2005 and was converted to standard gauge.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 19:22
The now-disused metre gauge station building at Athens, as viewed from my hotel bedroom balcony in the evening twilight. The metre gauge tracks were on the far side of the building. The current standard gauge route passes just beyond the wall. The view is towards Piraeus.
Photograph taken on 09/04/2013 at 19:52
Diakofto - Kalavryta railway: Diakofto station, the 10:15 departure to Kalavryta.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 11:08
Diakofto - Kalavryta railway: the route passes under overhanging rock in the river gorge between Diakofto and Mega Spileon.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 11:28
Diakofto - Kalavryta railway: waterfall alongside the line between Diakofto and Mega Spileon.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 11:34
Diakofto - Kalavryta railway: part of the route has been realigned to cope with larger rolling stock, here two old tunnels can be seen, with an underbridge between them.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 11:44
Diakofto - Kalavryta railway: Mega Spileon, the main intermediate station.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 11:51
Diakofto - Kalavryta railway: snow-capped mountains, some over 2500m high, can be seen in the distance.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 12:11
Diakofto - Kalavryta railway: Kalavryta station, the summit of the line, and the 12:22 arrival / 12:27 departure.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 12:15
Looking down from the balcony of my hotel room in Patra towards the railway station. A plinthed steam locomotive can be seen, as can the stern of one of the ferries that crosses the Ionian Sea to Brindisi in Italy.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 15:48
Krauss 2-6-0T metre gauge loco, probably Zs.553, plinthed at Patra.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 16:04
A pair of Stadler metre-gauge DMUs arriving at the main railway station in Patra on one of the hourly Patra suburban workings between Agios Vasilios and Agios Andreas. These and the Olympia - Pyrgos - Katakolo workings are the only metre gauge passenger services currently running in Greece.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 16:23
Agios Vasilios station, looking towards Arachovitika - a proposed extension to the Patra suburban service.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 16:54
Route map of the Patra suburban rail system, as shown inside one of the Stadler DMUs working the service. Note the proposed extension beyond Agios Vasilios to Arachovitika.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 16:55
A pair of Stadler DMUs at Agios Andreas, just south of Patra, working the Patra suburban service. The dome of the Agios Andreas church is visible over the houses, to the left of the train.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 17:26
Stored unservicable - Alsthom metre gauge loco 9204 at Agios Andreas, just south of Patra.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 17:27
The south end station throat at Agios Andreas, looking towards Pyrgos. There is clearly no regular traffic of any sort over this section, but our railtour would run this way next day.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 17:32
The station building at Agios Andreas, southern terminus of the metre gauge suburban service running in the Patra area.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 17:41
The Greek Orthodox church of Agios Andreas (Saint Andrew) is close to the Patra suburban rail station of the same name. Built in 1974 it is the largest church in Greece and the second largest Byzantine style church in the Balkans. From 1964 is has contained relics of the apostle Saint Andrew.
Photograph taken on 10/04/2013 at 17:48
The remains of the Stadium in the archaeological site at Olympia.
Photograph taken on 11/04/2013 at 18:07
Another view of the archaeological site at Olympia, showing the Treasuries in the foreground.
Photograph taken on 11/04/2013 at 18:10
Looking northwards from the Ariston Hotel to Athens main (Larissa) station. Only two platforms are in use, on the right side adjacent to the station building. To the left, several new platforms and their canopies are visible, but they are trackless.
Photograph taken on 16/04/2013 at 09:14
Another view of the disused metre gauge station building at Athens, looking generally towards Piraeus. The metre gauge tracks were on the far side of the building. The current standard gauge route passes behind the camera.
Photograph taken on 16/04/2013 at 09:24
A view looking south at SKA (Acharnes Railway Center). To the extreme left is the north - south main line carrying main line trains between Thessaloniki and Athens, and suburban services between Piraeus and Halkida. Left to right in the distance, but not visible, is the electric suburban service between the Airport and Korinthos/Kiato. Other platforms at lower centre and upper right have never seen any passenger services. Presumably it was intended to construct tunnels through the hill behind the camera.
Photograph taken on 16/04/2013 at 12:18
Looking east at SKA (Acharnes Railway Center) towards Koronthis/Kiato. Normally the Siemens Desiro EMU visible here would be working a service to the Airport, but on this date the line behind the camera was blocked for engineering works. The upper level tracks are for the north - south Thessaloniki - Athens main line.
Photograph taken on 16/04/2013 at 12:29
The train shed of Piraeus station on Line 1 of the Athens Metro. This section of line was built by the Hellenic Electric Railways company in 1869.
Photograph taken on 16/04/2013 at 15:37
The tram terminus at SEF (Stadium of Peace and Friendship), not far from Piraeus and adjacent to the Neo Faliro stop on Metro Line 1. There are currently three tram routes in Athens, effectively three branches radiating from a triangular junction.
Photograph taken on 16/04/2013 at 17:52
Athens trolleybus 7073 on a route 4 working at Syntagma in central Athens. 112 of these trolleybuses were built by Van Hool in 1999-2001 with propulsion equipment from Alstom Transport at Preston in England.
Photograph taken on 17/04/2013 at 09:38

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