(Note: since this is historically the first page they I wrote in 1997 i choose to retain its original impostation, to describe the line not according the normal travel, but according the laying of the tracks. Those that read this page please take in account that the description in this page goes in the opposite direction of the others). I choose to retain in the two original pages the old names and the old impostation and often texts, with upgrades.
After its shut down in 1943 the Line was gradually reopened: in 1948 the section from Borgo S. Lorenzo to S. Piero a Sieve was opened. All the other section from S. Piero to Firenze had to wait.
Around 1957 the bridge on Mugnone, south of Pian del Mugnone, was rebuild. These images were taken in 1987 when the grass were cleaned again.
works stopped again there...
In 1972 the small orphan line from S.Piero to Borgo S.Lorenzo was again closed and went to rust. This is the station of S. Piero a Sieve as looked in 1987:
A page with all the images of this station got in 1987, together with some images of old control apparates is available by clicking on the link.
At the time you could found there even old 1883 rails (these are rails get somewhere during the 1948 works, since are older tan original line).
1979 work very quietly began again ... all trees and grasses grown on the
way was cut (and this occurred at least 4 times, the weed was faster than
works - even the goats hired for the purpose was unable to cope with the
In 1987 at S. Piero one could see a lot of new concrete ties.
But until 1995 no rail was seen and eventually these ties where scrapped unused.
However in 1993 the project for a new high speed line from Firenze to Bologna went on its way, buf before building the line howewer was necessary to reach an agreement with local administrations, beside to get a way to carry away all materials excavated during digging the new tunnels.
So the works on this line received new life.
In 1996 the first (railfan) trains could reach S. Piero a Sieve, not yet a regular service, but the station was ready. These, as most of other images in this page, have been taken in november 1996.
In june 1996, althought only for 4 trains on mon-fri regular passenger service began on the S.Piero a Sieve-Borgo S. Lorenzo section. On October 1997 was scheduled also a Faenza-S.Piero train, with connection in S.Piero with a bus to Firenze.
On the Section from S. Piero to Borgo S. Lorenzo the only improvement have been the elimination of the three grade crossings with road underpasses. I have not many pictures of it but I can show a short movie. (Picture below is S. Piero Station as seen from the old Fortress)
If you want to look at the places where we are load these 2 images of Trebbio (available also uncompressed for use as wallpaper)
Images of the station in 1999 can be seen on its own page so I do not add here more, but just move south.
Again an image of historic interest: The image have been taken in november
1996. At that time the tracks were laid on this section, so it was perfectly
safe to walk there.
The background you see in the picture now is obfuscated by the viaduct of the new S.Piero tangential (currently - 10.2.99 ) under costruction, to be opened shortly)
Even the image below , of the station of Campomigliaio, south of S. Piero, taken in the same day, is "lost" singe even here a road have been built on the hill at left.
This is the view of the building of the station from NE
These are the machines used finish rail laying .... Picture taken inside the station.
Toward Tagliaferro we find this place, the only one north of Vaglia where the does not run on the same place of the old one. You can see both the new (on the right) and the old bridge (on the left).
On this line regular passenger service began on 14 january 1999.
Here a picture of one of the inaugural trains on 10 january at the station of Campomigliaio.
For a short clip of the line in active service north of Borgo S. Lorenzo click here.