Little train of Pelion – The Smudgy goes to Mileai (Milies)

A journey through a mythical route in thrilling nature.

A unique fascinating experience in a charming and authentic setting. Relive the mythical tales all combined in a single magical journey! Walk around the magnificent mountain village of Mileai (Millies) with its many historical sights.

Highlights:
  • Unique railway construction

Price per person:

€ 10 (adults one-way), € 18 (adults return ticket), € 6 (children age 4-14 one-way), € 10 (children age 4-14 return ticket)


Group or individual: Individual
Outdoor or indoor: Special
Guide: No
Startpoint: Ano Lechonia, Magnisia, Griekenland
Endpoint: Milies, Magnisia, Griekenland
Email: grafeio.volou@trainose.gr
Phone: +30 213 0121121 (Opening hours 08: 00-13: 00 Monday to Friday).

Opening days

Saturday
Sunday

Opening Hours

Theme:

History

Notes:

The train is up for rental all year round, at special prices.

For on train rental, tickets and travel schedule, please contact the TRAINOSE Travel Office at Volos, by phone/fax at 24210 39723, e-mail at grafeio.volou@trainose.gr, as well as by calling 14511, which operates on a 24-hour basis.

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Activity Description. A journey back to the 19th century engineering and landscape.

 

The little train of Pelion is leaving the station

The little train’s whistle signals the beginning of an unforgettable trip to Mileai. The ascent on the beautiful slopes of Mount Pelion has begun, History is about to unfold…

This is a tiny (0.60m width) train line, one of the narrowest in the world. Maximum speed is a mere 20km/h, 4 cars.

The little train goes from Ano Lehonia to Mileai (Milies). It stops in Ano Gatzea continuing further a mountainous route, filled with lush vegetation, mainly consisting of plane trees, olives and pine trees. The altitude allows a spectacular view over Pagasitikos bay,  spectacular vistas over gorges, magnificent old bridges, tunnels retaining walls embedded in the rich natural environment of Pelion.

The train stations is of great architectural interest and the rolling stock, kept in perfect condition until today, is unique to Greece.

Extreme Scenery

On the final approach towards Mileai (Milies), the scenery becomes more extreme. Crossing the steel bridge of Taxiarhis, “De Chirico’s Bridge”, is the highlight of this last section. Here, some pretty unique engineering is at work. This is a rare occasion when a train crosses a straight bridge but the tracks that lie on it are actually curved!

At the end of the route lies Mileai (Milies) station. Traditional guesthouses and taverns await the visitors. A cobbled stone footpath takes you up the village’s main square (about 15m). Here you can marvel at the chuch of Taxiarhes, constructed before 1741, renowned for itssound architecture, one of the oldest libraries in Greece or the museum of folk art. The next opportunity to enjoy the scenic railway line in Greece is at 15:00 when the little train starts its descent towards Ano Lehonia.

This little train has quite a story…

The construction of the line began in 1881. The first part of the track was build in 1886 connecting Volos to Larissa. Given its popularity it was decided that the track would be extended to connect Volos with the environs of the Pelion Peninsula. In 1896 the part Volos to Lechonia was delivered following Mileai (Milies) in 1903. The first train to grace the track, called Smudgy, it had 26 wagons, 14 used for passengers. The remaining 12 used for cargo transportation, benefiting greatly the recent affluence of the area. The designer and manufacturer of the project was the Italian engineer Ernesto de Chirico, father of the famous painter Giorgio de Chirico.

The mythical route

The little train of Pelion crosses the mythical routes of the Centaurs and the Twelve Gods place. According to the Greek Mythology, the summer habitat of the twelve gods of Olympus.

In the dense forest covering the slopes of Mt. Pelion at the Station of Mileai (Milies), researchers place the site of the wedding between Pileas and Thetis (the parents of Ahcilles). Legend says, here took place the mythical battle involving the Centaurs and the Lapiths for the sake of beautiful Ippodameia.

Deep in the gorge of Taxiarhis, on the last turn towards Mileai (Milies), lies the cave of wise Centaur Chiron, a central figure in many ancient Greek myths, the tutor of Achilles. Chiron, a healer, presented Achilles’s parents the spear which he later used in the Trojan War.

The cave of Chiron is exactly at the foot of the rock by the chapel of Taxiarhis. Men say that inside that cave begins a path that connects the cave to a similar one in the area of Malaki and further, to the hill of Goritsa, on the east side of the city of Volos.

Access

Access to Ano Lehonia Railway Station

The station is situated 12km away from the city of Volos and is served by the Volos – Lehonia -Platanidia bus line. It runs on the road that heads for Kala Nera. One can easily access the station by car as there is sufficient parking space right in front of the station building. Signposts of brown colour, clearly showing the direction in which the station lies can also be found on the main road.

Access to Mileai (Milies) Railway Station

The station can only be accessed by car and has limited parking space available. Signposts of brown colour, clearly show the way to the station.

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