Paul Steane's Photography Pages

Greece: Peloponnese Railtour April 2013

Part of a ten-day holiday in Greece, this railtour traversed all the available metre gauge track in the Peloponnese peninsula between 11 and 15 April 2013. The tour was organised by Andrew Jones and Phil Wormald, to whom many thanks for a really excellent trip. About 60 people, mostly British, took part. See trip report.

11th April 2013: Railtour day 1, Patra to Pyrgos and Katakolo
12th April 2013: Railtour day 2, Pyrgos to Kalamata
13th April 2013: Railtour day 3, Kalamata to Korinthos via Napflio
14th April 2013: Railtour day 4, Korinthos to Kyparissia via Megalopolis
15th April 2013: Railtour day 5, Kyparissia to Patra

For other photos taken on the same holiday, see here.

Sorted by Photograph date, oldest first. Sort by Sort by Photograph date, newest first, or Go to the end of the list.

ALCO locos A.9101 and A.9105 arrive at Patra with the railtour stock. At the time these were the only two operational metre gauge locos on the OSE Peloponnese network.
Photograph taken on 11/04/2013 at 08:49
Photo stop at Vrachneika, just south of Patra. At this point the railtour stock consists of one water tank wagon, one saloon coach and three vans, two of which have been fitted out with seats.
Photograph taken on 11/04/2013 at 09:55
Photo stop at Varda, between Patra and Pyrgos.
Photograph taken on 11/04/2013 at 11:31
The railtour has arrived at Pyrgos; the two locos are released from the stock so that A.9105 can be put on the far end of the train for the run to Katakolo; A.9101 will be put back on this end of the train.
Photograph taken on 11/04/2013 at 14:04
A.9105 ready to haul the train from Pyrgos to Katakolo, A.9101 is on the rear and will haul the train back from Katakolo to Pyrgos.
Photograph taken on 11/04/2013 at 14:21
A.9105 at the buffer stops at Katakolo, terminus of a branch that runs westwards from Pyrgos.
Photograph taken on 11/04/2013 at 15:01
Olympia station: OSE metre gauge DMU 4305 arrives from Pyrgos to form the 07:33 return working to Katakolo. With over half of the railtour participants staying in Olympia, the platform was rather more crowded than normal - there were only two or three locals waiting for the train. The Olympia - Pyrgos - Katakolo and Patra suburban services are the only metre gauge passenger services currently running in Greece.
Photograph taken on 12/04/2013 at 07:27
South of Pyrgos, the river bridge at Alfioussa provided an opportunity for photos of A.9101.
Photograph taken on 12/04/2013 at 11:22
A.9101 leads the railtour over a river bridge near Kaiafa.
Photograph taken on 12/04/2013 at 12:24
A.9105 at the rear of the railtour crosses over a river bridge near Kaiafa.
Photograph taken on 12/04/2013 at 12:25
A.9101 leads the railtour through the trees and sand dunes south of Kaiafa. The tank wagon had been removed from the train that morning at Pyrgos.
Photograph taken on 12/04/2013 at 12:36
A.9101 at Zevgolatio. Zevgolatio is where the routes from Pyrgos via Kalonero and Korinthos via Tripolis converge, some 35km north of Kalamata.
Photograph taken on 12/04/2013 at 15:32
A.9101 at the main town station at Kalamata.
Photograph taken on 12/04/2013 at 17:25
At Kalamata the line continues, though out of use, beyond the town station to this station near the harbour. An open air museum has been set up with a number of metre gauge locomotives, coaches, railcars and other vehicles. This loco is 2-8-2 Di class 7.119 built by Breda in 1951.
Photograph taken on 12/04/2013 at 19:22
A.9105 ready to leave Kalamata with the railtour.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 07:42
A.9105 leading the railtour at Zevgolatio, where the lines to Kalonero and Korinthos diverge.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 09:24
The railway between Zevgolatio and Tripolis climbs nearly 700m, often via a series of horseshoe turns up the sides of valleys. This view, out of the side of the train, is looking back down the valley towards Zevgolatio.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 10:28
During a photo run-past at Chranoi, A.9105 leads the railtour along the valley side.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 10:40
The railtour crosses the viaduct at Chranoi during a photo run-past.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 10:44
The railtour crosses the viaduct at Manaris during a photo run-past.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 12:00
The railtour crosses the viaduct at Manaris during a photo run-past.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 12:04
Lunch break for the railtour at Tripolis.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 13:19
The railtour crosses a viaduct near Eleochori during a photo run-past.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 14:13
Viewed from the train, the new viaduct at Achladokampos comes into view from some distance away. This viaduct was built in 1974 to replace the original destroyed in 1944. In between these dates a line was built up each side of the valley to a reversal point called Sirtis. This short-term route is now abandoned but the northern leg is used for stock storage. Some of the stored carriages can be seen in this picture, to the right of the large viaduct.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 14:37
The railtour has stopped just before Achlodokampos viaduct to allow participants to alight for photographs. The southern side of the temporary alignment, built to bypass the viaduct damaged in 1944, is clearly visible.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 14:43
The railtour crosses the 1974-built viaduct at Achladokampos during a photo run-past.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 14:46
The railtour crosses the 1974-built viaduct at Achladokampos during a photo run-past.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 14:50
Between the tree and the new Achlodokampos viaduct, the remains of one arch of the original viaduct - damaged in 1944 - can be seen.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 14:55
The railtour reverses at Argos to take the 10km branch to Nafplio.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 16:04
A.9101 on the railtour at Nafplio, the terminus of a 10km branch from Argos. The old coach used to form the station ticket office. This is a new station near the harbour, the original station near the town centre was closed in the 1990s.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 16:38
A.9105 at the new station at Nafplio, with the fortress in the background.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 16:41
The railtour in the metre gauge platform at Korinthos new station.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 19:21
This view of the new station at Korinthos shows, from left to right: the metre gauge platform; a dual-gauge platform, and three standard gauge platforms. There are also several goods lines beyond. Very well equipped for just one standard gauge passenger train per hour in each direction!
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 19:21
Taken from the railtour returning from the new station at Korinthos, this view shows the rather overgrown route to the old station, with the electrified standard gauge line onwards to Kiato passing overhead.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 19:28
The railtour is arriving at Korinthos old station.
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 19:41
This view taken looking west from Korinthos old station shows the divergence of the lines towards Triplos and Kalamata (left, the way the railtour arrived) and Patra (right, disused).
Photograph taken on 13/04/2013 at 19:57
A.9101 with the railtour at Mili. On the climb towards Tripolis this loco kept shutting down, so rear end assistance from A.9105 was necessary.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 10:23
A view of Achlodokampos viaduct from the eponymous station, a few km away across the valley. There was no planned photo stop here, but A.9101 was receiving attention.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 11:20
A.9105 at Achlodokampos while A.9101 is further attended to. The train had departed a little while ago but came back when A.9101 continued to give trouble. Off to the right was a small bar which twice received a large number of unexpected customers!
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 11:46
A.9101 being topped up with water at Achlodokampos.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 12:13
A view from the train of the northern temporary alignment diverging just north of the viaduct at Achlodokampos. Some of the stored carriages can be seen. The junction points here appeared to be intact.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 12:31
During a break at Tripolis the train was reformed to put A.9105 on the front and A.9101 on the rear. Since running "long hood first" is disliked for visibility reasons, A.9105 was run around the depot/station triangle here at Tripolis, this view shows this manoeuvre in progress. The draisine had had to be moved to get a clear road.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 13:49
The railtour at Tripolis, re-formed and ready for departure.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 14:04
Arrival at Megalopolis was rather late but still we were welcomed by many local people. This was possibly the first passenger train here for more than ten years.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 15:47
At Megalopolis the locals are taking nearly as many photographs as the enthusiasts.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 15:48
To save time, and to cover some rare track, we took the curve avoiding Kalonero station to get to Kyparissia. Our outward route can be seen here: none of the track in this area was in particularly good condition.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 20:09
Despite being over two hours late, and it now being dark, we were met at Kyparissia by hundreds of local people. Even up to a few days before the trip, there was a risk that we might not get there; however apparently work parties of locals helped clear the station area and some of the track to allow us clear passage.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 20:34
The platform at Kyparissia was covered with benches groaning with free food and drink provided for the railtour participants by local people and businesses.
Photograph taken on 14/04/2013 at 21:41
The railtour ready to leave Kyparissia.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 07:40
The railtour has arrived at Kalonero: note the bar on the platform, which is almost a standard feature. Shame there are no trains, normally! A.9101 had dropped off the rear of the train at the south end of the triangle, to go round the triangle, so that it would be the right way around for leading from Pyrgos.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 08:25
At the south end of Kalonero station A.9101 has just arrived back from its run around the triangle so that it would be the right way around for leading from Pyrgos.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 08:30
Not sure about the colour scheme here at Amaliada.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 11:30
At Kavasilla a branch went off westwards, seen here, to Loutra (and a branch led off that line to Kyllini). These routes closed to passengers many years ago.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 11:48
Lunch and photo stop at Varda.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 13:08
Photo stop at Lappa.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 13:34
Last photo of the railtour after arrival at Patra.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 15:05
Kiato new station, looking towards Athens. This is the present terminus of standard gauge trains from Athens Airport, with just one service per hour. Note the two dual gauge tracks, which appear to serve no purpose whatsoever since the metre gauge route both west and east of here has been cut.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 18:11
A hasty shot out of the EMU window as we cross the Korinth Canal.
Photograph taken on 15/04/2013 at 18:43

Click on the thumbnail to see a bigger version of the photograph.