Reggio Emilia railway station
|The passenger building.|
|Address||Piazza Guglielmo Marconi
42124 Reggio Emilia RE
Reggio Emilia–Ciano d'Enza
|Distance||61.435 km (38.174 mi)
from Bologna Centrale
|Opened||21 July 1859|
|Manager||Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Ferrovie Emilia Romagna (FER)
Reggio Emilia railway station (Italian: Stazione di Reggio Emilia) serves the city and comune of Reggio Emilia, 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 three secondary railways, linking Reggio Emilia with Ciano d'Enza, Guastalla 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 are operated by Trenitalia. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.
The three secondary lines form a set of rail concessions known as Ferrovie reggiane. They are currently operated by Ferrovie Emilia Romagna (FER), which is owned by the region of Emilia-Romagna and most of its provinces.
Reggio Emilia railway station is situated at Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, at the eastern edge of the city centre.
The original passenger building was replaced in the mid-1930s with a new one, designed by the architect Angiolo Mazzoni. A few years later, the 1930s building was destroyed by bombing during World War II. It was replaced by the current structure, designed by the architect Roberto Narducci.
The passenger building consists of three sections. The central section has a colonnade of eight columns covered in marble. Between each pair of columns, there is a large window providing light to interior spaces. The two lateral wings extend symmetrically from the central section and are faced with brick. The central section has three levels (of which only the ground floor is accessible to passengers), while the lateral wings are two storeys high.
A masonry roof provides weather protection to the entrances at the front of the building, while the entrances on the station yard side are protected by a platform canopy.
In May 2007, work was completed on the renovation of the station. The project, financed by RFI and Centostazioni, cost 1.2 million euros. The renovation work was mainly to the passenger building. It included the removal of surplus elements built after the bombings of World War II, the installation of a new lighting system, additional facilities for commercial services, the renovation of public conveniences, and alterations required by laws regulating technological systems.
The station yard has five tracks for passenger services. Tracks three and four form part of the main line (track 3 for trains with odd numbers, and track 4 for even numbered trains). The other tracks are loop sidings, and are used for trains terminating or overtaking other trains at Reggio Emilia.
All tracks except for track 2 have a platform sheltered by a canopy. The platforms are connected by a pedestrian underpass.
There are many other tracks (without a platform) that are used for storing rolling stock or for goods services. The station also has a goods yard with a goods shed that has been converted into a warehouse. The design of the goods shed is very similar to that of its counterparts at other Italian railway stations.
Passenger and train movements
The station has about 4 million passenger movements each year.
- History of rail transport in Italy
- List of railway stations in Emilia-Romagna
- 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)
- "Flussi Annui nelle 103 Stazioni" [Annual flows at the 103 stations]. Centostazioni website. Centostazioni. Retrieved 4 December 2010. (Italian)