Talk:Transport in Italy

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Vatican City[edit]

The article (Jan 08, 2012) states "Vatican City is also linked with a railroad, but currently not operational". However, to the best of my knowledge, the track and station are "operational", they're just not open for public use and are used only as needed by the Vatican.

The station inside Vatican City is, of course, different that the station just to the south called "Roma San Pietro", which is indeed operational (I was there in March, 2011), but it's in Rome itself, not on Vatican soil.

Anyone know why this article states that the Vatican track and station are not "operational"?

William J. 'Bill' McCalpin (talk) 03:32, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

As far as I know, there is no regular service on the line, and it is occasionally used only for freight transport, pilgrim trains, and, very few times, by the Pope (Pope John Paul II used it 3 times, Benedict XVI only once).[1] --Ita140188 (talk) 09:44, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

Yes, that's what I thought. The problem here is the word "operational". Does it mean that the rail line and station can be used (which is true) or that the rail line and station are available for use by the public (which is not true)? I would argue that the former definition is more accurate, or, to avoid the problem, we should just say that instead of "operational", that the rail line and train station in the Vatican does not have regular scheduled service, but is occasionally used for freight transport, pilgrim trains, and, very few times, by the Pope.

Seem fair to you?

William J. 'Bill' McCalpin (talk) 04:42, 11 January 2012 (UTC)


Oh, I see, you've already changed it! ;-)

William J. 'Bill' McCalpin (talk) 04:44, 11 January 2012 (UTC)