The Liguria Coast Railway, Italy

I’ve been intending to go back and write more posts about some of the locations I’ve already featured on my blog but I’ve got side-tracked again…

Riomaggiore Railway Station by СССР – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 CA, View Image

…this time by a beautiful and particularly modular friendly coastal railway in Italy.

The Liguria Coast is located in north-east Italy and the railway that skirts this rugged coast is the Genoa to Pisa trunk line.

Mulinetti Staz Ferr E.444 by Giorgio Stagni – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, View Image

The section of the line that holds the most interest for me can be found between the town of Sori in the north and Riomaggiore in the south. Here the railway alternates between long-tunnels cut into the steep-sided hills and short sections of open-track clinging to the cliffs or passing through beautiful, architecturally fascinating Italian villages with compact stations. There are even impressive bridges and viaducts squeezed in between the houses and sandy beaches.

Manarola staz ferr E444 by Giorgio Stagni – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, View Image

You can see more pictures of the Liguria Coast line in this photo-gallery I’ve put together on

I was surprised at how busy the line appeared to be; it is not unusual to see photographs of double-deck rolling stock and platforms packed with passengers.

Cinque Terre and the Mediterranean by Mike Albrecht – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, View Image

Then again this is probably partly explained by the fact the Liguria Coast is popular with tourists and the southern section of the line passes through the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Now, the only difficulty with modelling this part of the World may be the fact that Italian rolling stock is not particularly common in the N scale. Occasionally the big manufacturers will produce models of Italian rolling stock that happens to venture into other parts of Europe but as far as know there are only two manufacturers with an Italian focus and they are: LocoModels and Pirata.

Scratch-building and 3D printing might be the only option for some of the stock seen on the Genoa to Pisa line.

Despite the problems with sourcing rolling stock I’m captivated, so stay tuned as I’ll be producing a series of posts about locations on this line over the coming weeks…

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