Diakofto - Kalavryta Cog Railway
A fascinating tour by Cog (Odontotos) Railway
A magical tour through the Canyon of Vouraikos's river that is one of the most beautiful sights of our country. It dates from 1889 and its construction had been decided of Charilaos Trikoupis. A difficult task that took technicians from France and Italy, lasted seven years. Its first trip was held on March 10, 1896 and the first passenger was King George the 1st.
The railway linked the region of Kalavrita with Patras and Athens since there was no road access.
The first engines were steam-motors. The current train consists of two train carriages and driven by a diesel engine located in the middle of it. Even today there are rails on the line indicated the date of manufacture.
All facilities (stations, stops, etc.) and 20 meters on either side of the railway, designated as historical sites by decision of the Ministry of Culture.
Its length is about 22 km and connects Kalavrita with Diakopto. The trip takes one hour, the train speed varies from 30 to 40 km per hour.
The rail's characteristic is the rack rails, and thus came its name. These cogs are installed at an altitude of 750 meters which allows the train to climb from the sea level to Kalavrita station.
The rack railway has the smallest line width (0.75 meters) in Europe. In the beginning (at the low ground) the route is smooth and the train passes through the station of Niamata and then starts the upward path, and with low speed passes the station Triklion where there are the "Doors", a very impressive place, where, until today, there are heavy iron doors that open just for the train to pass.
From the Great Cave of Kato Zachlori to Kerpini you will admire the green, thePlatanus trees, the running water and the small old stone houses which complete this fairytale image.
The renovation of the Diakopto-Kalavryta's railway began in 2003, and completed in
Moreover the Swiss company STADLER has launched new trains, which replaced the old ones who worked for more than forty years.
For your stay in Achaia, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Kalavryta, Diakopto as well as in many other areas of the state of Achaias, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Access to several regions of Achaia is quick and easy.
The best way to explore Achaia is to have your own car and visit places that public transport can not reach.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.