Mount Pilio Heritage Train Blowing its Whistle Again

“Sooty” runs on the narrowest track in the world, and can only reach speeds of up to 20 kilometers per hour - perfect for enjoying the view.


Train buffs are in for a treat starting this weekend as a 19th century steam train goes back into weekend service on Mount Pilio in central Greece.

Known fondly as “Moutzouris,” or “Sooty,” the pint-sized, four-car train runs on 60-guage line, the narrowest track in the world and can only reach speeds of up to 20 kilometers per hour – all the better to enjoy the stunning views.

The heritage train is part of the Pilio Railway, which was built between 1892 and 1903 and was the biggest public investment project in the area at the time. The train was designed by local engineer Ernesto de Chirico, father of the renowned painter and sculptor Giorgio. 

Starting this Saturday and running every weekend through the summer season, Moutzouris will be departing from Ano Lechonia at 10.00 and making the return journey from Milies at 15.00.

Tickets cost 10 euros one way and 18 euros return. 

This article was previously published at ekathimerini.com.


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