Since today it is Saint Joseph’s day, I would love to commemorate something that increased the growth of Trieste’s harbor: Trieste - Herpelje railway. The railway was inaugurated on 5th July 1887, as the first junction from Vienna to Trieste operated by the Austrian State railways (kkStB). Sending goods on the state railway was far less expensive than on the private Südbahn railway,so traffic was intense since the opening and increased every year until 1906, when a second railway to Vienna was built. After the railway via Gorizia and Jesenice was opened, the decadence of the Herpelje railway began: all the goods directed to Austria passed on the new line. After ww1, the area was annexed to Italy, but the situation remained unchanged. After ww2, the new border line divided the station of Erpelle (Hrpelje, SLO) from the rest of the line so train had to stop in Draga-Sant’Elia. Passenger traffic declined as you can see from the first and the second photoes, until the line was closed on 31rd December 1958.
I chose to remember this railway today, because on 19th March many inhabitants of Trieste took advantage of bank holiday to go for an excursion on the hills, traveling on the Trieste-Herpelje train. On that day, trains composed of many coaches left Trieste pulled by two ex Austrian locomotives, as if it was in the 1890s. Many travelers were directed to San Giuseppe Della Chiusa (Saint Joseph) were a nice festival was held. #valrosandra #austriahungary #1887 #steamtrain #1900 #locomotiva #railway #locomotive #viadotto #1950s #austria #ww1 #triest #sangiuseppedellachiusa #sangiuseppe #italia #ww2 #servola #harbour #trieste #excursion #ferroviadellavalrosandra #ferrovia #saintjoseph #italy