Modena railway station
The passenger building.
|Location||Piazza Dante Alighieri
41122 Modena MO
Modena, Modena, Emilia-Romagna
|Operated by||Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
|Distance||36.932 km (22.948 mi)
from Bologna Centrale
Ferrovie Emilia Romagna
|Opened||21 July 1859|
Location within Northern Italy
Modena railway station (Italian: Stazione di Modena) is the main station serving the city and comune of Modena, in the region of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. Opened in 1859, it forms part of the Milan–Bologna railway, and is also a terminus of two secondary railways, linking Modena with Verona and Sassuolo, respectively.
The station is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Train services on the main line and the Verona line are operated by Trenitalia. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.
Train services on the line to Sassuolo are operated by Ferrovie Emilia Romagna, which is owned by the region of Emilia-Romagna and most of its provinces.
Modena railway station is situated at Piazza Dante Alighieri, to the north of the city centre.
The passenger building is not the original structure dating from when the station began operations. That building was demolished and rebuilt in 1920.
The present passenger building is rectangular in shape and is made of brick. It is painted yellow, and consists of three parts. The central part is spread over three floors, with access provided through five arches on each side of the building. On the first floor of this part, there are many rectangular mullioned windows decorated with a cornice.
The two lateral parts of the building extend symmetrically from the central body. They are on two levels, with seven arches at ground floor level, and many windows (similar to those of the central body) at first floor level.
The entrances of all three parts of the building are protected from the weather by a wrought iron canopy, both on the front side and the platform side.
Between 2005 and 2006, the station was the subject of extensive renovations commissioned by Centostazioni, with co-financing from RFI. The total expenditure on the renovations was €700,000.
The renovation work included maintenance of the exterior facade of the passenger building, the shelter and pedestrian underpass, upgrading of technological systems, construction of a new basement, the renovation of public conveniences, and renewal of lighting both internally and externally.
Also included in the renovation project was the construction of new commercial premises, such as a Chef Express bar and a McDonald's. These two areas alone have about 40 employees, a turnover of €2.5 million, around 500,000 customers per year, and two rental areas of 360 sqm, offering a total of about 130 seats.
The station yard has seven tracks, including five through tracks equipped with platforms:
- Track 1 is a loop siding, used for any overtaking of even numbered trains.
- Track 2 is one of the main lines, used for even numbered stopping Trenitalia trains.
- Track 3 is the other main line, used for odd numbered stopping Trenitalia trains.
- Track 4 is a loop siding, used for any overtaking of odd numbered trains.
- Track 5 is used by trains terminating in Modena.
- Tracks 6 and 7 are used by Ferrovie Emilia Romagna trains operating on the Modena–Sassuolo line.
All tracks have a platform sheltered by a canopy, and connected with the other platforms by the pedestrian underpass.
There are other tracks used for storage of the machinery used for line maintenance, and also a repair shop.
Passenger and train movements
The station has about 6.5 million passenger movements each year.
A total of about 257 passenger trains serve the station each day. Their main destinations are Piacenza, Suzzara and Bologna Centrale.
- Modena Piazza Manzoni railway station
- History of rail transport in Italy
- List of railway stations in Emilia-Romagna
- Rail transport in Italy
- Railway stations in Italy
- Bologna metropolitan railway service
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- "Flussi Annui nelle 103 Stazioni" [Annual flows at the 103 stations]. Centostazioni website (in Italian). Centostazioni. Retrieved 4 December 2010.