Trieste Centrale railway station

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Trieste Centrale
Trieste central station.JPG
The main entrance
Location
Address Piazza della Libertà
34132 Trieste TS
Comune Trieste
Province Trieste
Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Country Italy
Coordinates 45°39′26″N 13°46′20″E / 45.65722°N 13.77222°E / 45.65722; 13.77222Coordinates: 45°39′26″N 13°46′20″E / 45.65722°N 13.77222°E / 45.65722; 13.77222
Line(s) Venice–Trieste
Udine–Trieste
Vienna–Trieste
Distance 0.000 km (0 mi)
from Trieste Centrale
Other information
Opened 27 July 1857 (1857-07-27)
Manager Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
Centostazioni
Line operator(s) Trenitalia
Classification Gold
Services
parking tickets pedestrian underpass disabled access cash machine
cafeteria newsstand WC taxi stand public transportation car rentals
Connections
Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg Trieste Trasporti
Suburban
International
BSicon BOOT.svg Ferries to Durrës
Location map
Trieste Centrale railway station is located in Northern Italy
Trieste Centrale railway station
Trieste Centrale railway station (Northern Italy)

Trieste Centrale railway station (Italian: Stazione di Trieste Centrale; German: Triest Südbahnhof (former name)) is the main station serving the city and comune of Trieste, in the autonomous region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northeastern Italy.

Opened in 1857, the station is a terminus for direct lines to Venice, Udine and Vienna, and for the belt line leading to Trieste's marshalling yard, near the now closed Trieste Campo Marzio railway station.[1]

Trieste Centrale is currently managed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). However, the commercial area of the passenger building is managed by Centostazioni. Train services to and from the station are operated by Trenitalia. Each of these companies is a subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Italy's state-owned rail company.

Location[edit]

Trieste Centrale railway station is situated at Piazza della Libertà, north of the city centre. It is at the western end of the Borgo Teresiano[2] district, adjacent to the old free port of Trieste.

History[edit]

The present day rail network of the city of Trieste is based, for the most part, upon railway lines constructed by the former Austrian and Austro-Hungarian empires. On 27 July 1857, the Austrian railway company k.k. Südliche Staatsbahn (SStB) completed the construction of Trieste's first railway facilities. They formed part of the Vienna–Trieste railway, via the Semmering pass.

On the same day, in the presence of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, the new terminal station at Trieste, including its relatively modest original passenger building designed by the engineer Carl Ritter von Ghega (Italian: Carlo Ghega), was officially opened.[3] It had been built on reclaimed land, at the site of the present Trieste Centrale.

The following year, on 23 September 1858, the station, along with the rest of the line, passed into the ownership of the private railway company Imperial Royal Privileged Southern Railway Company of Austria, Venice and central Italy (German: Kaiserlich königliche privilegierte Südbahngesellschaft), following the takeover by that company of the privatised k.k. Südliche Staatsbahn.

The inclusion of Trieste in the main axis of the Austrian Südbahn generated an economic upswing in the largest and most important port city ruled by the Austrian monarchy, and strengthened its position in the Habsburg Empire. Rapid development of trade routes to and from Trieste, and therefore also the city itself, soon led to a decision to replace the original passenger building. The new, more elegant, and richly styled Neo-Renaissance structure was designed by Wilhelm von Flattich.[4] Its most notable features were a monumental hall, later known as the Royal Hall, and a majestic glass train hall. Its inauguration took place on 19 June 1878.

In 1887, the Imperial Royal Austrian State Railways (German: kaiserlich-königliche österreichische Staatsbahnen) opened a new railway line, the Trieste–Hrpelje railway (German: Hrpelje-Bahn),[5] from the new port of Trieste to Hrpelje-Kozina, on the Istrian railway.[3][6] The intended function of the new line was to reduce the Austrian Empire's dependence on the Südbahn network.[7] Its opening gave Trieste a second station, which was named Trieste Sant'Andrea (German: Triest Sankt Andrea). The two stations were connected by a railway line that in the initial plans had to be an interim solution: the Rive railway (German: Rive-Bahn).[8]

With the opening of the Jesenice-Trieste railway (part of the network of railway lines known as the Transalpine Railway) in 1906, the St Andrea station was replaced by a new, more capacious, facility, named Trieste stazione dello Stato (German: Triest Staatsbahnhof). The original station came to be identified as Trieste stazione della Meridionale or Trieste Meridionale (German: Triest Südbahnhof).

Following World War I and the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (1919), both stations came under the management of the FS. The original station was later renamed Trieste Centrale, and Trieste stazione dello Stato became Trieste Campo Marzio.

With the addition of the station to the Centostazioni project, it became possible to subject the passenger building to a long restoration and renovation. The work was completed in 2007, and included the full restoration of access from Via Miramare to the Royal Hall.

Features[edit]

View of the station yard.

The station is equipped with a large passenger building, which houses several facilities, including a ticket office, waiting room, chapel, kiosk, bar and office of the railway police. There are also offices of Trenitalia and operations management.

Since the completion of the recent Centostazioni renovation project in 2007, the passenger building has also housed a supermarket, a bookshop, pharmacy and other shops as well as a new lounge dedicated to Eurostar passengers.

As a terminal station, Trieste Centrale has nine terminating tracks used for passenger service, served by five platforms. In 2009, a terminal was opened for the transport of cars. There are also several tracks used to store trains not in service. The station is equipped with a locomotive shed and workshops.

Due to its close proximity to the port of Trieste, the station has no goods yard.

Passenger and train movements[edit]

Passenger movements[edit]

The station has about six million passenger movements each year.[9] It is served by trains linking it with all of Italy.

Long distance trains[edit]

Direct links[edit]

Other links[edit]

Trains stopping at Villa Opicina railway station.

Regional services[edit]

Several daily trains to Venezia Santa Lucia, Udine, Tarvisio.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Trieste Centrale railway station at Wikimedia Commons

This article is based upon a translation of the Italian language version, and includes information from the German language version, as at March 2011.