Thursday, August 5, 2021

Genova Quinto, Cavi, Carrara, Torre Del Lago, Pisa San Rossore, Livorno

Yesterday it was grey and rainy, today it is sunny and light. I'm heading south from Genoa to Livorno.
Genoa in the morning

Breakfast with a view

Later on a coffee in the train
I'm taking the train to Livorno, with stops along my way. First stop is Genova Quinto station

The railway Genoa-Pisa is passing by 5 Terre
ETR 521

Intercity with E.414

Next stop - Cavi

ETR 485 as Frecciargento train

186 281 from Railpool/Medway

Red flag today

Regional train 

Next stop - Carrara 

Less beautiful than Cavi, but this is nice too

Carrara is famous for its marble production

FS Class E.401

FS Class ALe 642

483 311 from Akiem/Captrain

There are 1st class cars on some Italian regional trains

Torre del Lago

Pisa San Rossore station

This station is much better than Pisa Centrale, if visiting the leaning tower in Pisa
The walk is about 5-10min

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its nearly four-degree lean, the result of an unstable foundation. 
The height of the tower is 55.86 meters from the ground on the low side and 56.67 m on the high side.  The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase.

The tower began to lean during construction in the 12th century, due to soft ground which could not properly support the structure's weight, and it worsened through the completion of construction in the 14th century. By 1990, the tilt had reached 5.5 degrees. The structure was stabilized by remedial work between 1993 and 2001, which reduced the tilt to 3.97 degrees. (Wikipedia)

It's always funny to see how a construction failure is becoming the most popular tourist spot. Sometimes it is profitable to make mistakes, I guess...

Arriving at Livorno Centrale
Preparations for my night train are already taking place, the train will have wagons filled with cars
Wagons with cars will be connected with the night train coaches

494 031 

It is good to check the timetable as this train do not operate every day
Otherwise it is a standard Nightjet with seat, couchette, and sleeper cars

FS Class E.652

483 301 

Since most of the Nightjet routes are to/from Vienna, I will have to return to the same place where I've already been some days ago. My goal here is not to visit Vienna, but to take as many night trains as possible, which makes me save on hotel nights and I'm transporting myself during the night
Now, all wagons are connected
Not a bad idea, to bring your own vehicle on board the night train

Livorno Centrale station was opened on 3 July 1910 a few days after the completion of the works of the coastal line. The passenger building, located at the end of a great tree-lined avenue, was designed by the engineer Mangini, although its monumental façade, including a large semicircular window, was designed by the engineer Frullani. (Wikipedia)

FS Class E.402
FS Class E.655

For some reason, it is forbidden to sell food on board in Italy during Corona, I have somehow managed to order some, since I have not brought anything with me

A stop in Florence

Here, the train will switch direction 


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