The International Steam Pages
Regional Guide to Italian Heritage Steam Part 3
The domain photorail.com was 'not found' by November 2020, as such all the links to it below will be broken.
This is Stefano's gallery for FS Steam:
This is Stefano's gallery for steam on private lines:
This is some Stefano's b/w pictures:
The recently formed Associazione Roma Treno Vapore Team have no site of their own and operate based in Roma Smistamento depot with only one loco, FS 2-6-0 625.017.
The oldest railfan club in Italy owns some historic items, but no steam loco. A separate group of volunteers went to form ARTV above..
FS 0-3-0 835.051 is in the transportation museum in Piana delle Orme (Latina). It is raised above the track and the wheels can be turned for teaching purposes.
Only one steam locomotive is assigned to the whole region, FS 2-8-2 940.022. It has been parked inside Sulmona depot since it broke down on a special train in 2001. There is little prospect of it being repaired as this region is hostile to steam.
This private society once operated a network of freight and passenger lines, partly closed in 2004. In 1998 it bought a T.3 type built in 1914 and numbered FAV.6 from the previous owner. This was kept in Tirano shed (Lombardia, site of ALe.883 club) together with the last 4 wheel balcony wooden coach, both were in service along the Sondrio-Tirano line in the 1950s, before the line became part of FS. On arrival in Abruzzo, the duo were first kept under cover in Castel di Sangro terminal depot, but when Sangritana decided to close almost all the line, they moved the loco (not in steam of course) and coach to the actual depot at Lanciano. They were last used for some movie scenes and for a theatre show as backdrop, but their future is uncertain.
A hostile region, with nothing of real historic interest. They do run some tourist charters, with old coaches nicely restored, but hauled by modern diesels.... Suffice to say they have equipped 1930 coaches with air conditioning necessitating ugly external boxes for the AC motors.
In this region we have two historical locations, but there is no steam service.
In Taranto depot, volunteers of ATSP take care of some items, this is their website:
http://www.atsp.it/. They host a FS 835 class
0-6-0 835 in poor condition which they recovered from a plinthed site inside a military
installation. In Lecce another group, called AISAF is dedicated mainly to
other non FS relics.
They operate a museum situated inside an old shed in part of the Lecce depot, which is now being rebuit. Among very rare FS and private line (FSE) items here, there are these steam locos: FS 2-6-0 905.043, FS 0-6-0 835.244. FSE 0-8-0 n°? belongs here but is actually stored in the Lucato Termica boiler repair facility in Piemonte. None of these is working.
The only club is "Vaporiera Calabria Express", based in Reggio Calabria depot. It has charge of just two locomotives, one is FS 2-8-0 740.244. However, the club barely exists and is almost totally inactive Even then the region is hostile to steam and DTR totally ignorant about historic trains. No website is available. No less than 4 981 class 0-6-0 rack locos are in Cosenza depot awaiting their fate. 981.005 was used in 1992 in an abortive attempt to bring back part of the closed rack line to life. After that, nothing...
In the mid-1980s the Ferrovie delle Calabria 950mm gauge network started a program of steam trains with 2 locomotives restored to life with EU funds. Since when things have steadily deteriorated. In Cosenza depot there are 0-8-0 Borsig 353 (boiler certificate expired in 2007) 2-6-0 Breda 403 (boiler certificate expired in 1996). 403's boiler was overhauled by Lucato Termica and returned in 2003, but the loco is still a kit of parts waiting to be assembled 5 years laters. In Catanzaro - but most of time in Cosenza - the sole working steam available is 2-6-2 Breda rack locomotive 504. Built for use on the Catanzaro Lido-Catanzaro Cittą rack line, it cannot be used on its home line because there are no suitably experienced staff left. So it has been diverted to Cosenza - Sila line, where there are no rack sections. In Gioia Tauro, terminal of the other FC system, the only steam surviving is 2-6-0 188, which has not worked since the 1960s.
This region is totally devoid of the concept of tourism on wheels and overall of steam trains. The only sad representation
of history is the national railway museum (click for
James Waite's report) which is discussed in the introduction
to these summaries. No official website is provided for the museum, and this page on my site:
The new club SARDEGNAVAPORE (http://www.sardegnavapore.it/
) has returned 2-8-0 740. 423 to steam and in 2007 they started