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> A few photos from the Peloponese system (Greece metre gauge), From my travels around Greece
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post 30 Nov 2016, 12:39
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Hi All,
I've travelled a fair bit around Greece, my first visit was in 1977 (a 12 year old with my parents!). We spent some time on the southern side of the Gulf of Korinth (Corinth) and I remember seeing and hearing, the wonderful Alcos chugging past on a variety of trains heading to and from Patras. I think in those days, they were painted blue, later going orange as per my avatar.
Fast forward to my marriage in 2002 when my wife Bev and I honeymooned in Corfu! This led to my wife falling in love with Greece, well the islands anyway and after several visits to various islands, I managed to persuade her that the mainland was just as gorgeous as any of the islands! Bev and I first stayed in villages to the south of Kalamata, chosen for their proximity to the railway!
Unfortunately, photos from those visits are buried somewhere on an old computer, if this topic warrants it, I should dig them out!
One fateful year, up to our eyeballs in stress from looking after my elderly and very decrepit father, we just upped and went over to a village not too far from Nafplio/n - in July!! It was ridiculously hot, up to around 46 C. but so good to get away and we both really fell for Nafplio. It was the first capital of modern free Greece after they kicked the Turks out in 1821 but a lot of it was built with Venetian influence in the seventeenth century, just like Kerkyra, the capital of Corfu!
So began our continuing love affair with this part of the world. The following year and every year since, we stayed in a small town nearby called Tolo, which is now our second home and where we would love to retire to.
So, to the photos!


I think this is called Dervenakia, it is the summit of the line between Nafplio/Argos and Korinth.


It is Dervenakia!


There are some sidings holding some interesting rolling stock here, you can also clearly see the falling gradient.


Looking towards the Gulf of Korinth.


Some of the recently relaid track.


A close up of the stored coaches.


The interior needs a good clean!


A modern Stadler DMU approaches from Korinth.


Just one passenger! The graffiti is sadly typical of trains in Greece.


On another journey, this is what greeted us at Korinth, "my" Alco!
Oh, if only I could win the lotto, then it really would be mine! Along with a few Km of track near Nafplio and I/we would be set for life! (dream on!).

Enough for now, did anyone like that?
Cheers,
John.


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post 30 Nov 2016, 14:13
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Nice. Imagine those coaches and luggage van fully restored behind 'your' Alco...
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post 30 Nov 2016, 19:47
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Brilliant. This couldn't have been posted at a better time. It's nice to see the modern, rural landscape, rather than the Acropolis, or Delphi.
So please find those old photos.

On the current batch:



this is the standout one for me. Not sure why though...


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