Moutzouris Traditional Steam Train | Pelion | Narrowest Railway Line in Greece
Updated: Jul 1, 2020
The Pelion railway (with its traditional steam Moutzouris Train "Smudgy") is a 600 mm narrow gauge railway line (the narrowest in Greece and one of the narrowest in the world) connecting the city of Volos with the town of Milies in Pelion mountain.
The section from Ano Lechonia to Milies has interesting features, including seven stone bridges, an iron bridge, two tunnels and five stone road bridges.
Until 1950 (for 80 years) the line (with the train with the Belgian engines "Miliai", "Iasson", "Pelion", "Volos" and "Tsagarada", and its wagons, with smaller machines) served the needs of the city as a tram for the urban transport of Volos. In 1950, the line was taken over by the Hellenic State Railways until 1971.
In 1971, the line was transferred to the Hellenic Railways Organization, which suspended the service as a cost-saving measure. Right after this change, efforts were made to reopen the line for touristic purposes. This was managed after the major reconstruction of part of the infrastructure, the removal of the soil from landslides and the works against corrosion.
Currently, the National Railway Operator runs one train every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from mid-April to the end of October.