Diakopto And The Rack Railway


The rack railway runs from Diakopto to Kalavrita up through the gorge of the Vouraiko river. On a magical 23 km. Route it passes through caves, underneath rocks and through thriving vegetation giving the visitor a chance to see the exceptional beauties of the mountain areas of Achaia.

The steep slopes of the line preclude passage of a regular train and a toothed rack between the rails is engaged by a special mechanism and this allows it to climb from level up to Kalavrita station at an altitude of 750 meters..

It has been called the most spectaculal railroad of the Balkans and its construction was undertaken by a French company under the Harilaos Tricoupis Government as part of the overall plan for railroads in Greece. It was completed in 1895 and its first engines were steam powered.

The Diakopto station of the rack railway is about 4 km away from Hotel Theasi.

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