Τετάρτη, 24 Οκτωβρίου 2012

Bralos...as nature


     High speed is fine, ideal for our times and beneficial for trains and passengers. But in Greece, a single track, non electrified, slow speed section of the main line from Athens to Thessaloniki is still alive, offering the passengers a close look of some virgin nature and nice landscapes. At mileage point 194,305 (meaning 194,395 kilometres from Piraeus of Athens) Bralos station is located. The station was built in 1904-5 when the tracks reached at this point and many villages nearby are served by it, such as Bralos and Polidroso (Souvala). The sinlge track that begins from Tithorea station and emds at Domokos is very curvy here and leads to one of the biggest rail tunnels in Greece, Bralos tunnel, located about 2,0 kilometres from the station and to a historic metal bridge, Papadia bridge. The tracks also present a high grade, up to 17 %oo , with direction to Lianokladi. Unfortunately all InterCity trains don't stop here unless there is a meeting at the sinlge line taking place. Only three pairs of local trains stop here daily, with a fourth one added each Sunday. It consists a beautifull, picturesque scenery not only for train enthousiasts and photographers but for any passenger too.
      In about three years from now the entire sinlge track part of the route will be replaced by a new high speed, electeified line and this part will be abandoned, unfortunately. Rail enthousiasts are making every possible effort to maintain the route, at least up until Bralos station. The rest of the route will not be operating because of the high amount of money required for maintenance. 


The facade of the station building,  a typical sample of stone built building of the early 20th century, including ticket wicket, masters' office and waiting room. The upper floor, once used as a dormitory was reconstructed in the past and has now been refurbished by rail enthusiasts who rent it. 


A general view of the station. You can see the classic in time roof, the partially stone built part of the building and from left to right, the main, single track, the first siding and the second siding. 


The curvy line, the steep grade and the trees keep company to some darkening clouds, one kilometer past the station...

Finally, here are all the videos of the excursions i have done in the area, so far, a natures' glory, trully...








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