Historic ”Pelion Train” Stops Operation, Causing Widespread Outcry in Greece



The train station at Ano Lechonia. Credit: Wikipedia

The historic ”Pelion Train” in Volos, Greece did not operate for two consecutive weekends, on May 25-26 and June 1-2, causing a widespread outcry in the city of Volos and in the entire region of Magnesia.

The reasons for this development are still unknown, as Greece’s railway operator TRAINOSE has not informed anyone, and it is not clear if the well-known tourist train will resume operation next weekend.

The company, however, said on Wednesday afternoon, that the cancellation of the train’s operation was decided due to the lack of train drivers during that period of time, adding that the train will resume next weekend.

”Moutzouris,” as the beloved passenger train is known in Greece, did not journey from Ano Lechonia village to Milies village, sparking complaints from both municipalities and from businesses in the area, which claim that thousands of tourists arrive on cruise ships to enjoy the picturesque train and its views.

In addition, thousands of other visitors have already prepaid their train journeys via large travel agencies in Greece and abroad.

Stone railway bridge at Pelion, connecting Ano Lechonia with Milies village. Wikipedia

Its locomotive and passenger cars are beautifully-preserved antiques, and the train makes a picturesque sight as it wends its way along the mountainsides.

The ”Pelion Train” is run by TRAINOSE and takes passengers on leisurely journeys every Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays, from mid-April through to the end of October. The train also runs every day during July and August, at the peak of tourist season.

The railway, constructed in the late nineteenth century, passes through the spectacular landscape of Mount Pelion, which, according to mythology, was the homeland of the Centaur.

With information from AMNA