Rail transport in Monaco

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Railway map of Monaco
View of Monaco-Monte Carlo station
Train waiting in Monaco-Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo station of La Turbie-Monte Carlo railway (1905)

The Principality of Monaco has currently a single railway station, Monaco-Monte Carlo, part of the Marseille–Ventimiglia railway line.[1][2] The station was originally opened in 1867, but extensively rebuilt in 1999.[3] The length of railway within the Principality is 1.7 km (1.1 mi),[1] giving Monaco the second smallest railway system in the world.[4]

History[edit]

Overview[edit]

Originally, the stations serving the principality one the Marseille-Nice-Ventimiglia line were two: Monaco (the current Monaco-Monte Carlo station) and Monte Carlo. A new tunnel built in 1950s through the hills behind Monte Carlo and bypassing this station, caused its closure.[5][6][7]

Disused lines[edit]

A rack railway from La Turbie to Monte Carlo through Beausoleil operated from 1894 to 1932, with a station (Monte Carlo) serving the Prinicpality.[8][9]

Monaco counted also tramway system between 1898 and 1931, with the first line linking Place d’Armes to Saint Roman.[6]

System[edit]

Monaco does not operate its own train service; all rail services in the Principality are operated by the French operator, SNCF.[10] SNCF trains leave the Monaco-Monte Carlo station every 15 minutes throughout the day,[11] although services cease during early, and late hours.[12]

The railway station is in the modern administrative ward of Moneghetti, Monaco, next to the French town of Beausoleil, and the Monégasque administrative ward of Saint Michel.[3]

Railway stations[edit]

The table below shows the Monegasque stations, the working one and the disused ones:

Station Line Opened Closed Location
Monaco - Monte Carlo Marseille-Nice-Ventimiglia 1868 / 1999[13] none 43°44′19″N 7°25′9″E / 43.73861°N 7.41917°E / 43.73861; 7.41917
Monte Carlo (SNCF) Marseille-Nice-Ventimiglia 1868 1958 43°44′19.17″N 7°25′44.74″E / 43.7386583°N 7.4290944°E / 43.7386583; 7.4290944
Monte Carlo (rack railway) La Turbie-Monte Carlo 1894 1932 43°44′29.2″N 7°25′30.2″E / 43.741444°N 7.425056°E / 43.741444; 7.425056

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SNCF en Monaco". Gare de Monaco. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  2. ^ "SNCF Trains & Railways on the Côte d'Azur - AngloINFO Monaco (France)". Monaco.angloinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "SNCF en Principauté". Gare de Monaco. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  4. ^ "CIA - The World Factbook". Cia.gov. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  5. ^ (French) History of Monaco station from the official site
  6. ^ a b Railways in Monaco (sinfin.net)
  7. ^ (French) See also: fr:Schéma de la ligne de Marseille-Saint-Charles à Vintimille (frontière)
  8. ^ (French) Infos and pictures on La Turbie municipal website
  9. ^ (French) See also: fr:Chemin de fer à crémaillère de La Turbie à Monte-Carlo
  10. ^ "Monaco Railway Photographs". Johndarm.clara.net. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Monaco Travel Tips from". Rail Europe. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  12. ^ "Travel by Train in Europe, Best Ticket Prices on TGV-Europe". Tgv-europe.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  13. ^ Dates refer to the opening of original surface station and rebuilt underground station

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