Attempts underway to revive old Cyprus railway

NEWS Wednesday, 03 October, 2018

Attempts underway to revive old Cyprus railway

Troodos mountain communities are attempting to revive the old Skouriottisa-Evrychou railway, as a tourist attraction and for the transportation of locals.

The idea which started from the community of Evrychou has received the green light from the government and is already in the first phase of the process.

The train line will start from Evrychou central station (where the Cyprus railway museum is located) and will stop at the villages of Katydata, Korakou, Flasou and Linou.

The project was suggested as part of a strategic master plan to rejuvenate Troodos mountain communities.

If the project is deemed as sustainable the communities will contact relevant European authorities and the state to discuss funding.

The Cyprus Government Railway used to operate from October 1905 to December 1951. It had a total length of 122 km and 39 stations, stops and halts. It was closed down due to financial reasons. An extension of the railway which was built to serve the Cyprus Mines Corporation in Skouriotissa operated until 1974.