Menaggio - Porlezza Railway

A brief history of the Menaggio - Porlezza Railway 1884 - 1966.

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Welcome! The large lakes lying in the foothills of the Alps north of Milan and near the border between Italy and Switzerland have been popular tourist destinations for over 100 years. The development of this tourist traffic owes much to a small narrow gauge railway of which little trace now remains. This article briefly describes that railway and its history.





The route


Carriages and wagons

The train service 1885-1918

The train service 1918-1939

Menaggio station

Porlezza station

Signals, floods and accidents

Remains of the railway (2006)


Menaggio 1920s
Menaggio station 1920s

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