It is in Calabria one of the most beautiful historical railways in Italy. Due to its particular cultural and scenic value , the Silana Railway, along the entire stretch from Cosenza-San Giovanni in Fiore, has been included in the list of tourist railways .
To make it known is Legambiente Sila, which enthusiastically welcomes the unanimous approval, at first reading, to the Chamber of Deputies, the bill that aims to establish tourist railways through the reuse of disused or underway lines disposal, located in areas of particular natural or archaeological value.
An important result for Calabria, reached by the Committee for the Safeguard of the Sila Railway , through the popular petition that has collected more than 4 thousand signatures.
The Committee asked the Region to restore the historic narrow-gauge railway linking the city of Cosenza to its silan hinterland, reaching the famous mountain resorts, including Camigliatello Silano. The aim of the signature collection was to avoid the dismantling of the railway infrastructure and re-launch the train as a means of transport to connect the silane center to the Calabrian capital.
Calabria: the Silana Railway included in the list of tourist railways
“For us, the Sila Train is not a nostalgia operation – reads a note from the Committee for the Safeguarding of the Sila Railway – but a serious investment on sustainable mobility that concretely supports the socio-economic development of the territory and reduces the risks and isolation. “
The Cosenza – San Giovanni in Fiore section is one of the most outstanding examples of railway engineering in Italy.
Starting from the Calabrian capital, the line, located in the valley of the Crati at 232 meters above sea level, reaches the peak at San Nicola Silvana Mansio which, at an altitude of 1405 m, is the railway roof of Italy . Then, it returns to San Giovanni in Fiore, 1049 meters. To overcome the difference in height of over 1000 meters, the railway made use of engineering solutions at the limit of the possibilities of the time.