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The Cyprus Train Museum

March 9, 2015 by admin
The Cyprus Train Museum
 
This was not on our plans for our tour of Cyprus – but i am glad we found this little hidden Gem. On route to Kakopetria there is a sign saying Cyprus train museum (in brown, usually all tourist sites are marked on brown signs). Most people do not even realize that Cyprus had a train at one point. The train station has been restored and is now a two story museum and outside is part of the trail tracks and part of the train as well. Its a well thought out museum with plenty of black and white photographs and information. There are TV presentations as well as a carriage from part of the train.
 
The Tracks and Route of the Cyprus Train
 

The train tracks were laid in 3 sections, the first part to operate was in 1905 which was 57km long running from Ammochostos through the Messaoria plain. In December 1907 38km was added joining Lefkosia (Nicosia) and Mofou and by June 14th 1915 the last section of the tracks (23km) was laid between Mofou and Evrychou. The train tracks were a total of 118km in length and stretched between Evrychou and Famagust. There were 39 stations that the train would stop at including, Prastio, Mesaoria, Angastina, Trachoni, Nicosia, Kokkinotrimithia, Morphou & Kalo Chorio. Evrychou was the last stop on the route.

 
It was officially known that the trains operated from 1905 until 1951, opening for the public on the 21st October 1905. The train service offered a form of transport between the villages and areas of Cyprus, for those wishing to visit the costal areas. On Sundays assembled coaches were put together for ‘Bathing Specials’ and special trains were put together for the Orange Festival in Amoxostos.
 
Main uses of the Train
 
Before the days of airmail the train would be used to distribute post throughout the island taking them from the Khedival Line Ships. During world war 2 and post war years, the cyprus railway played a large part in transporting troops, ammunition and stores from the harbour of Famagusta to the Royal airforce airfield in Nicosia.
 
Other train tracks (not government) were also added to transfer minerals. In 1915 the Cyprus mines corporation constructed a railway line to transport ore from the mine at Skouriotissa to a jetty at Karavostasi on Mofou Bay. Other links included linking the mines at Kalavasos and Drapia and the trains rain until 1977.
 
Other railway installations were set up in the harbours, Pafos, Famagust (Kerynia) and Limassol as well as the Larnaca Salinas and were used to transport goods. These trains didnt have engines, the wagons were pulled by men or animals.
 
In the 50s and 60s the trains were used for part of the archeological process in sites such as the Kourium and the Salamis.
 
The End of the Cyprus Train
 
The cyprus trains closed to financial constraints and also at this point where other forms of transport became more popular and were often quicker than using the train. The last train ran on the 31st December 1951 scheduled to depart at 2.55pm and was with locomotive No.12 which had hauled the first train on the 21st October 1905.
 
Sources: information provided by the Train Museum.
Photos: Taken by Spot On Villa Rentals team.
 

 

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