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Rail transport in Monaco

Railway map of Monaco
View of Monaco-Monte Carlo station
Train waiting in Monaco-Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo station of La Turbie-Monte Carlo railway (1905)

The Principality of Monaco has currently a single railway station, Monaco-Monte Carlo, part of the Marseille–Ventimiglia railway line.[1][2] The station was originally opened in 1867, but extensively rebuilt in 1999.[3] The length of railway within the Principality is 1.7 km (1.1 mi),[1] giving Monaco the third smallest railway system in the world.

History

Overview

Originally, the stations serving the principality one the Marseille-Nice-Ventimiglia line were two: Monaco (the current Monaco-Monte Carlo station) and Monte Carlo. A new tunnel built in 1950s through the hills behind Monte Carlo and bypassing this station, caused its closure.[4][5][6]

Disused lines

A rack railway from La Turbie to Monte Carlo through Beausoleil operated from 1894 to 1932, with a station (Monte Carlo) serving the Prinicpality.[7][8]

Monaco counted also tramway system between 1898 and 1931, with the first line linking Place d’Armes to Saint Roman.[5]

System

Monaco does not operate its own train service; all rail services in the Principality are operated by the French operator, SNCF.[9] SNCF trains leave the Monaco-Monte Carlo station every 15 minutes throughout the day,[10] although services cease during early, and late hours.[11]

The railway station is in the modern administrative ward of Moneghetti, Monaco, next to the French town of Beausoleil, and the Monégasque administrative ward of Saint Michel.[3]

Railway stations

The table below shows the Monegasque stations, the working one and the disused ones:

Station Line Opened Closed Location
Monaco - Monte Carlo Marseille-Nice-Ventimiglia 1868 / 1999[12] none
Monte Carlo (SNCF) Marseille-Nice-Ventimiglia 1868 1958
Monte Carlo (rack railway) La Turbie-Monte Carlo 1894 1932

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "SNCF en Monaco". Gare de Monaco. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  2. ^ "SNCF Trains & Railways on the Côte d'Azur - AngloINFO Monaco (France)". Monaco.angloinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "SNCF en Principauté". Gare de Monaco. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  4. ^ (French) History of Monaco station from the official site
  5. ^ a b Railways in Monaco (sinfin.net)
  6. ^ (French) See also: Schéma de la ligne de Marseille-Saint-Charles à Vintimille (frontière)
  7. ^ (French) Infos and pictures on La Turbie municipal website
  8. ^ (French) See also: Chemin de fer à crémaillère de La Turbie à Monte-Carlo
  9. ^ "Monaco Railway Photographs". Johndarm.clara.net. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  10. ^ "Monaco Travel Tips from". Rail Europe. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Travel by Train in Europe, Best Ticket Prices on TGV-Europe". Tgv-europe.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  12. ^ Dates refer to the opening of original surface station and rebuilt underground station

External links

  • Monaco-Monte Carlo
  • SNCF
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