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March 20, 2007
next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 8:00
p.m. at the Amherst Middle School.
Railways of the Peloponnese Peninsula, Greece: Narrow, Narrower, And Spectacular!
By Sandy Ward & Ken Harstine
We will be presenting images of the meter-gauge Peloponnese railway
system and the 750mm-gauge Diakopfto-Kalavryta Railway we rode in
Greece in July 2007.
The Diakopfto-Kalavryta Railway runs up a very narrow, spectacular
gorge, climbing from sea level to 2,500 feet with curves ranging from
a radius 131 to 360 feet. It is a rack & adhesion railway built in
1896. Adhesion sections have a grade of 1.5-3.4% while rack sections
have a 12-14.5% gradient. The train passes over 55 bridges and
through six tunnels in its 14-mile run. During times of heavy snow
the railway is often the only means of transport into and out of
Kalavryta. It has been called the narrowest public rack railway in
The junction of the Diakofto-Kalavryta Railway in Diakofto is
serviced by the meter gauge railway of the Peloponnese peninsula.
Meter gauge extends to Athens although most meter gauge trains now
terminate in Corinth where passengers transfer to standard gauge for
the rest of trip to Athens.
Biographies: Ken has been fascinated by trains for as long as he can
remember. His first train set arrived when he was two, he's been
told. Sandy and Ken have traveled on trains together in many
countries, including USA, Germany, Serbia, Montenegro, China, and
Greece. Sandy loves to document trips with the digital camera Ken
gave her in 2005 as a retirement gift.
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