Stresa-Mottarone: a railroad never forgotten

Stresa is dominated by mountain Mottarone with its 1490 meters of altitude, the season is in the hold allowing wonderful place to observe the 7 lakes, including Lake Maggiore, Lake Varese and Lake Orta. During the winter months but is destination due to its many ski slopes for winter sports.It was precisely the impetus given by the newly receptive to international railway traffic as well as the flattering commercial successes achieved in those years by cog railway of Vallombrosa, who led the geom. Tadini to prepare a project for a railway linking Stresa adherence mixed with the top of Mottarone.The railway was opened to the public July 12, 1911, but then reclassified as an interurban streetcar.The path length of about 10 km and meter gauge, was leaving from Stresa with a dual terminus: the dock of the lake navigation and the PV of the Railway Station It 'clear that the two branches gathered just outside the city to step up to the half hour with a rack-type Strub, now second nature to fit the steepness of the trail.After starting a stunted due to the concomitant World War, the exercise could not stay in red between the two wars: a little careful management due to local traffic, a little to the tourist. Paradoxically, had an appreciable increase during the Second War. In fact they have not undergone appreciable damage during the war, provided a convenient link for the Milanese "displaced" refugees and on the slopes of Mt. The year 1945 was a record with a gap of more than 100,000 tickets.With the arrival of the 50s and 60s, began to be heard the complaints already heard a thousand times. Namely, that the railroad was antiquated, that it was unproductive, or a cable car that un'autolinea could well replace it. But with an aggravating circumstance: that the local rulers of the time would have had many examples from the adjacent Switzerland on how to revive and operate a tourist railway. The story unfortunately did not go differently from other places and so the fall of 1962 was put an end to Stresa-Mottarone.Today the service is provided by a cable car station which is located a little less' distance from the center. It takes 18 minutes to climb up but the center should be a route to be traveled by bus to get to the departure station.

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