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Old March 5th, 2016, 09:15 PM   #1
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SAN MARINO | Railway

A short stretch of the Rimini-San Marino railway has been reactivated by a group of volunteers:

http://www.forum-duegieditrice.com/v...hp?f=6&t=83575

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrov...ini-San_Marino
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How many trains per day are run on the line?
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The railway in San Marino was closed during World War II.

I think San Marino Government could talk with RFI (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana) to rebuilt the Rimini-San Marino railway with UIC gauge and rack stretches. A railway to San Marino could bring more tourists to this small nation, improving its economy.
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Curves are too narrow for a standard gauge line, and the trackbed has mostly been destroyed or reused.

There are just 800 m of line (mostly in tunnel), one EMU and a couple of wagons in working order. Ant they don't make any meaningful connection, yet. But there is a project to reactivate more sections of line (apparently the last 4 km and 2 stations, Borgo Maggiore and San Marino) to make it a tourist attraction, together with the aerial cable car. It might link some parkings with the old town in the future, but there are no plans to reopen the much longer section to Rimini.

The line was closed in 1944 because of the war and never reopened. Part of the stock was quickly parked in the tunnels and left there for nearly 70 years, before the very limited reopening in 2012. I suppose the train doesn't move very often, yet.

On OSM the short activated section is shown: http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/43.93980/12.44289

A search on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...via+san+marino

One old EMU leaving one tunnel after many decades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAajAUoZHr4

And how it looks after a total reconstruction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InceHKo4dbg

A ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6ScXCXuEkY

Older news, in Italian: http://www.sanmarinonotizie.com/tag/...ianco-azzurro/
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And an all-new railway from Rimini to San Marino? It is possible?
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Great! I'm interested in seeing trains in the world's oldest country!
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It claims to be the oldest democratic republic still in place - not the oldest country

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And an all-new railway from Rimini to San Marino? It is possible?
Yes, but I see that unlikely. Who would pay for it? I doubt Italy would be really interested, and San Marino has certainly limited financial means. We will see in the future, for now a ~4 km meaningful line seems really not be impossible.
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Two more videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khTIbM6Wy6I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHQcNgcNh9k

Apparently the only rebuilt section goes from one side to the other of Montalbo tunnel, so it's only a few hundred metres long.

http://www.openstreetmap.org/search?...93870/12.44086

There is one working EMU and one freight wagon, both of the original fleet, with no switch on the track so they can only run back and forth. The idea is to built more tracks so as to obtain something usable with tourist (the existing track is too short and of little interest for non railway fans as it is mostly in a tunnel), but there is still much to do.
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