PELION TRAIN

The history and myths of Pelion on a magical journey
10 o'clock in Ano Lechonia station. Pelion train whistles giving the signal of an unforgettable journey. The ascent to the beautiful slopes of Pelion towards Milies begins! One of the tightest tracks in the world (60 centimeters) hosts "Moutzouris" (as was once called Pelion train) 4 wagons, to indicate the steam and smoke that left in its wake..

From Ano Lechonia till Milies route is mountainous, crossing the green slopes with dense vegetation of trees and bushes. The only stop for the train is just for 15 minutes in Ano Gatzea. Then continues "blowing" and rocking its wagons, for a route of 15 km, in about 90 minutes. Up to the historic village of Milies, the path is filled with rich images of nature and architecture with old but elaborate structures of carved marble and gray limestone that shaped arched bridges, arches and tunnels openings. A unique sample is the five-arched stone bridge known as "Kalorema", in Malaki area. Approaching Milies the landscape acquires a wild beauty, especially over the large metal bridge of Taxiarchi or De Chirico, the name of the designer and father of the great painter. At this point, the train will roll in a curve line, while the bridge is straight. Milies Station is the terminus of the route. From here the picturesque cobbled road leading to the center of the village begins. Traditional hostels, taverns, the church of the Archangels (built before 1741), the folklore museum and library (one of the oldest in Greece), await visitors for a tour. The most scenic railway line in Greece returns in Ano Lechonia at 3 o' clock in the afternoon.

Access Ano Lechonia - Milies
Train operates from spring to autumn, with a specific release schedule, with 1 daily route on the mountainous path. Total time route is 1 hour and 30 minutes (with 15 minutes break for stretching, coffee, tsipouro and refreshments in the picturesque station of Ano Gatzea). Access to Ano Lechonia railway station (which is 12 km from Volos), is from the road to Kala Nera by bus line Volos- Lechonia - Platanidia and stops 50 meters from the station. One can also get there by car and as there is ample parking space in front of the station. There are brown road signs to the station from the adjacent road. The access road to Milies station is only by car and there is limited parking at the station. For the record...
The historic train that once covered the route Volos - Milies, flowed onto the also historic railway whose construction began in 1892 (the first part was up to Lechonia and finally finished in 1896). The remaining part till Milies was constructed later on and operated in 1903. Evaristo de Chirico, father of the famous painter Giorgio de Chirico(who was born in Volos), oversaw the construction of the railway network,. During the construction progress young De Chirico was there, observing the vehicle that later inspired and steadily accompanied his creations.

Schedule - Prices
Train departs at 10:00 from Ano Lechonia and at 15:00 from Milies, with a 15΄ minutes stop in Ano Gatzea, in both directions. Ticket costs 18 € and 10 € per child with return and one way 10 € and 6 € per child.

Train is available for rent throughout the year.

ARPIL 2018  every weekend

MAY 2018  every weekend

JUNE 2018  every weekend

JULY 2018 every weekend

AUGUST 2018 daily

SEPTEMBER 2018 every weekend

OCTOBER 2018 erery weekend

 

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