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Tuesday 9th August 2022
My original plan was to get the 08:09 train from Lamia to Lianokladi, to travel on the only pair of trains that are booked to run via the old main line between Lianokladi and Tithorea. I was in considerable doubt that these would actually run, as the other services via the intermediate stations are in the schedules as buses; they are simply a remnant of the service before the new faster route opened a couple of years ago. I later worked out that the train from Lamia was in fact a bus, but I hadn't seen this from where I was standing on the station platform. This of course meant that I missed the two "rare" trains; I didn't need the track as I'd been that way many times before the new line opened. However if they had run, I would have seen it arrive back in Lianokladi when I did eventually get there on the later bus. Also what I could see of the relevant track looked rather rusty even for what I assume would be a lightweight DMU. Nothing significant missed but I'd like to know the true situation. Anyway I continued to Athína to check into my usual hotel there, opposite the station. Then to the Peloponnese to cover the extension beyond Kiato to Aegio that opened in June 2020; I had an hour spare so spent it at Ano Liosia looking at the old metre gauge route there.
See trip report for the full itinerary, traction details and notes.