Tirano–Lecco railway

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Tirano–Lecco railway
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Type Heavy rail
Status in use
Locale Lombardy, Italy
Termini Tirano
Opened 1902 (1902)
Owner RFI
Operator(s) Trenord
Line length 105 km (65 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 3 kV DC
overhead line
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connection to the Bernina railway
441 m
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Villa di Tirano
381 m
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444 m
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374 m
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San Giacomo di Teglio
394 m
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390 m
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Ponte in Valtellina
385 m
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304 m
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297 m
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Castione Andevenno
278 m
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San Pietro Berbenno
271 m
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265 m
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Colmo di Dazio (1395 m)
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237 m
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247 m
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215 m
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208 m
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211 m
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211 m
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213 m
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Piona (1343 m)
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Garavina (1157 m)
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210 m
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211 m
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Dervio (1305 m)
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Bellano-Tartavalle Terme
206 m
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214 m
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Morcate (1263 m)
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218 m
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231 m
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224 m
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221 m
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Mandello del Lario
214 m
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Abbadia Lariana
214 m
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Crostone/Valle Rialba (1109 m)
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214 m
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The Tirano–Lecco railway is a railway line in Lombardy, Italy.

Lombardy Region of Italy

Lombardy is one of the twenty administrative regions of Italy, in the northwest of the country, with an area of 23,844 square kilometres (9,206 sq mi). About 10 million people, forming one-sixth of Italy's population, live in Lombardy and about a fifth of Italy's GDP is produced in the region, making it the most populous and richest region in the country and one of the richest regions in Europe. Milan, Lombardy's capital, is the second-largest city and the largest metropolitan area in Italy.

Italy republic in Southern Europe

Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a country in Southern and Western Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe.


The first section of the line, between Sondrio and Colico, was opened in 1885. It was completed in 1892–1894 with the section from Colico to Lecco, where it was connected with the rest of the Italian network. [1]

Sondrio Comune in Lombardy, Italy

Sondrio is an Italian town and comune located in the heart of the Valtellina. As of 2012, Sondrio counts approximately 21,876 inhabitants (2015) and it is the administrative centre for the province of Sondrio. In 2007, Sondrio was given the Alpine Town of the Year award.

Colico Comune in Lombardy, Italy

Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. It is situated on the northern arm of Lake Como, where the river Adda enters the lake. Colico is the most important city in the northern part of Lake Como, which is often identified as its Colico branch.

Lecco Comune in Lombardy, Italy

Lecco is a city of 48,131 inhabitants in Lombardy, northern Italy, 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Milan, the capital of the province of Lecco. It lies at the end of the south-eastern branch of Lake Como. The Bergamo Alps rise to the north and east, cut through by the Valsassina of which Lecco marks the southern end.

The section from Tirano to Sondrio had a different origin, being opened in 1902 as a private railway by the Società Anonima per le Ferrovie dell'Alta Valtellina (FAV). It was integrated in the state network in 1970. [2]

Tirano Comune in Lombardy, Italy

Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. It has 9,053 inhabitants (2016) and is adjacent to the Switzerland-Italy boundary. The river Adda flows through the town.

The Ferrovia Alta Valtellina (FAV) is a railway line in Italy which connects Sondrio, in Valtellina, to Tirano in Alta Valtellina. The railway company was established in 1899 and the line opened in 1902. Many railways in Italy were nationalized in 1905 but the Ferrovia Alta Valtellina escaped and was not nationalized until 1970.

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  1. Prospetto cronologico dei tratti di ferrovia aperti all'esercizio dal 1839 al 31 dicembre 1926
  2. Sergio Viganò: Alta Valtellina ieri e oggi. In: ″I Treni″ Nr. 167 (January 1996), p. 32–38.


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