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October 2009

Piraeus Station

The Athens - Piraeus Electric Railway

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The Terminal Station of Athens - Piraeus Electric Railways.

The Athens - Piraeus Electric Railways (ISAP) is the oldest urban rapid transit system of Athens metropolitan area in Greece. The line from Piraeus to Thision was inaugurated in 1869 as a steam train connecting Athens and its port, Piraeus. In the early period (1869-1904) the railway used 22 steam tank locomotives. Steam traction on underground railways was far from satisfactory and electrification came in 1904. Today the only line of ISAP connects the port of Piraeus with the northern suburb of Kifissia and is connected with the Athens Metro (Subway).

Piraeus station is found opposite of the central port of Athens (Piraeus port). It is housed in an imposing building that was built in 1929. After the recent renovation, the building recovered its old glamour. The stately eclectic building with the arched dome, replicates the relevant European stations of the period.

More images at: Kevrekidis Photography

© 2009 Jordan Kevrekidis

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