Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione railway station
|Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione|
|Address||Piazza Einaudi 10
25015 Desenzano del Garda
|Comune||Desenzano del Garda|
|Distance||110.738 km (68.809 mi)
from Milano Centrale
|Opened||12 April 1854|
|Manager||Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione railway station (Italian: Stazione di Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione) serves the town and comune of Desenzano del Garda, in the region of Lombardy, northern Italy. Opened in 1854, it forms part of the Milan–Venice railway.
The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Train services are operated by Trenitalia. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.
Desenzano del Garda-Sirmione railway station is situated in Piazza Einaudi, at the end of Viale Cavour, near the southern edge of the town centre.
The station was opened on 12 April 1854, together with the bridge at Peschiera del Garda on the Mincio river, and the Desenzano Viaduct. Between 1909 and 1969, it was also a junction station for a short line to Desenzano Harbour, on Lake Garda.
The passenger building is a rectangular structure made of stone. It has a total of three storeys, only two of which rise above track level. Until the late nineteenth century, an iron shed with a sloping roof protected the first two tracks from the weather. During the steam era, the station was also equipped with a water tower formed of a simple iron tank raised and supported by concrete piers.
The station yard has six tracks. In addition to two running tracks for the Milan - Venice railway, there is a third track for overtaking, and three reserved for the composition and transit of freight trains or the storage of rail vehicles used for the maintenance of the line.
There are also two covered platforms serving the three tracks reserved for passenger service. Both are connected by an underpass, which also links the passenger building with the parking lot to the south, on the opposite side of the tracks.
From the third track, shortly after the switch (point) on the line heading towards Peschiera, is the location where the line to Desenzano Harbour, now abandoned, once branched off. Until the 1980s, a short section of line remained in place there for use in connection with the nearby electrical substation.
Passenger and train movements 
The station has about 1.5 million passenger movements each year.
The majority of trains passing through the station, including some Eurostar Italia trains, stop there. They link the station directly with many destinations, both domestic and international.
See also 
- History of rail transport in Italy
- List of railway stations in Lombardy
- Rail transport in Italy
- Railway stations in Italy
- Alessandro Tuzza and others. "Prospetto cronologico dei tratti di ferrovia aperti all'esercizio dal 1839 al 31 dicembre 1926" [Chronological overview of the features of the railways opened between 1839 and 31 December 1926]. Trenidicarta.it. Alessandro Tuzza. Retrieved 7 January 2011. (Italian)
- Ganzerla, Giancarlo (2004). Binari sul Garda - Dalla Ferdinandea al tram: tra cronaca e storia [Rails on the Garda - From Ferdinandbahn to tramway: between chronicle and history]. Brescia: Grafo. ISBN 88-7385-633-0. (Italian)
- "Flussi Annui nelle 103 Stazioni" [Annual flows at the 103 stations]. Centostazioni website. Centostazioni. Retrieved 4 December 2010. (Italian)
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This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version as at January 2011.