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Old October 7th, 2016, 11:52 PM   #701
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Old October 8th, 2016, 03:03 PM   #702
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"Ferrovia Circumetnea" (railway line surrounding Etna vulcan)

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Old October 19th, 2016, 12:05 AM   #703
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Old October 19th, 2016, 05:56 PM   #704
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Is that an E-424 by any chance? Are they still operational and in that livery?
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Old October 19th, 2016, 06:14 PM   #705
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The works to upgrade the railway line 'Canicattì-Siracusa', from Canicattì to Comiso, has been terminated and the next 19 Sept the railway opened to passengers service.


Is it a really touristic route worth taking?
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Old October 19th, 2016, 06:16 PM   #706
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That's a second-series E428, much bigger than an E424, here used for a recent historical run.
This trip was paid for by a group of photographers since that line will be soon abandoned, replaced by a modern line not following the coastline.

Neither E424s nor E428s are in active service anymore, since many years. I don't even recall seeing an E428 in commercial service.
IIRC the last machines to wear that brown livery disappeared around year 2000.
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Old October 19th, 2016, 06:29 PM   #707
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Grazie! I thought that XMPR livery had practically made disappear all other colors from the locomotives. That's why I was puzzled
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Is it a really touristic route worth taking?
Yes. And the cities served are each worth a one day stop too, if not more.

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Old October 22nd, 2016, 09:00 AM   #709
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Modica and Ragusa (Ibla) are interesting places. They look a bit chaotic though with narrow streets and some crumbling buildings.

The railway line is slow compared to roads serving the region.
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Slow, limited frequencies, and above all, subsidised by two different regions, so most circulations end at the last station of the region, which makes through travel more difficult. Same problem as with TER in some french regions.

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Is it a really touristic route worth taking?


The train of the baroque






http://www.sicily-holiday.com/en/tra...f-baroque.html

http://www.sicily-tourism.com/baroque-itinerary-sicily/

http://www.sicily-tourism.com/the-baroque-train/


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Old October 24th, 2016, 05:31 PM   #712
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Grazie mille!

I am planning a trip to Sicily (first) and then some parts of the Mezzo-Giorno for next February and I am a mad train hopper, so I prefer to travel on train as much as possible but I have been warned that Sicily is perhaps more bus-friendly.
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Grazie mille!

I am planning a trip to Sicily (first) and then some parts of the Mezzo-Giorno for next February and I am a mad train hopper, so I prefer to travel on train as much as possible but I have been warned that Sicily is perhaps more bus-friendly.
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Going from Palermo to Agrigento is feasible by train or do I need to rely on the bus, for instance?
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As far as I know Palermo-Agrigento is a direct line and quite scenic.

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Some views from the soon to be abandoned line in Liguria:

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Going from Palermo to Agrigento is feasible by train or do I need to rely on the bus, for instance?
No, it is feasibile. It's a good line.
Perhaps the service (mean the regularity) is a little bit uncomfortable.

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Old November 6th, 2016, 07:49 PM   #718
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I think the regional government of Sicilia should take some clever marketing notice from the Swiss, and give "names" for some of their regular routes, and put some special trains with extra service. It is possible to travel through mildly scenic railways to the main tourist draws of the island (except Villa Romana del Casale, which requires a bus shuttle from Enna), including the northern and eastern coasts. However, service is often bad, with old trains, plenty of delays, and even until the recent past non-air-conditioned trains (unacceptable in the island).

With a little work, they could start marketing these trains as touristic routes for foreigners, and get EU funds for 'sustainable tourism' projects in the minor lines. Like they did with the Merano railway in the North... So regulars would have train services and special tourist trains charging higher fees would also use these railways.
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Old November 6th, 2016, 09:44 PM   #720
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The original scenic but single tracked coastal line in Liguria (from the French border to Tuscany) has been slowly replaced over nearly 80 years with new double track sections runnings more inland, and thus with a lot of tunnels. The next section to open will be San Lorenzo-Andora, on 11 December 2016.

It is roughly this: https://www.google.ch/maps/dir/43.95...b70594!1m0!3e0 (you can see short section of railway between on tunnel and the other).

Many photos of the old line can be found on this website, partly with English explanations: http://www.stagniweb.it/

While the new line is faster and double tracked, in the section Savona-Ventimiglia it has around half the number of stations of the old line, and these built are more far from town centres. This means that the new line is useless for local traffic, although many stations on the old line didn't have a frequent service so locals didn't use it a lot.

The section Andora-Diano Marina has already been closed (the last train was an empty stock movement at 2 am on 2.11.2016), while the section Diano Marina-Taggia will close on 27.11.2016.
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