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Naples
metro, light rail, funicular, tramway

Naples has a variety of great urban rail-spotting: a full metro, an underground light rail line (which is closed so you may have to sneak in),  four funicular subways, an S-Bahn, and three conventional tramway lines. See Naples and ride!

Metro photo courtesy Magnus Stomfelt

Metro

Naples has 2 subway lines, the Metropolitanna FS and the Metropolitanna Collinare.

Naples' conventional metro Line 1 consists of 15 stations and 14 km, 4 km of which is underground. It was built in 1993. A section of the Alifana railway is being converted to metro will extend Line 1 from Pescinola to the airport in 2005.  In 2006, the city section of the line opened between Dante, Garibaldi station, and the Centro Direzionale commercial district. The line is expected to eventually be turned into a circle line.

Line 2 consists of 14.5 km and was built in 1925. It is more of an underground commuter train than a true metro because of the
rolling stock used. Six of the eleven stations are underground. There are 2 other commuter lines which are being converted to Metro, and 3 more lines under construction. A total of 10 - count 'em 10 - lines


Light Rail

The NTR, "Linea 6", is completely underground and has been incomplete and inoperative since 1990 when operating authority was refused at the last minute before opening. Nine stations sit there unused, festering and gathering dust like a full-sized toy train in Gomez Adams' attic. Metropolitana Milanese is currently working with Ansaldo to update the existing section and extend the line east towards Municipio. .

 


The Circumvesuviana Railroad is a regional line resembling an S-Bahn. An underground section opened in 1977. In 2001, a 10 km extension, mostly underground, was opened. Photos courtesy Dr. Alfonso Martone

The
CTP light railway (Provincial Transport Society) was opened in 1913-14 as a narrow gauge electric railway between Napoli and Piedimonte Alife. It currently runs as a diesel interurban.

Napoli Virtuale
Metro
official home page
Napoli Metro
GESTIONE GOVERNATIVA CIRCUMVESUVIANA
Federtrasporti Federazione Nazionale Trasporti Pubblici Locali
Ansaldo - Maintaining the Metro of Naples
TRAM ITALIA (mostly in Italian)
Ivanoe De Falco's
Naples Subway System unofficial home page
Home page for the unbuilt "
Line 6"
Railfans'
Circumvesuviana page
Circumvesuviana unofficial home page (be sure to check out this area as it has some great pics)
Ferrovia Cumana
McNaples - drive the Naples subway
Unico Campania, Metro Napoli official home page
Paolo Marrota's
excellent Napoli metro site


Trams

Naples has three tram lines. Line 1 travels along the west waterfront and inland through Piazza Garibaldi. Line 4, serves the entire waterfront, and Line 29 covers segments of both of the other lines. Service began in
1875.

Napoli
tramway photos from tramways.com


Funiculars

Naples sports four - count 'em - four - funicular subways.

Opened in 1928, the 1.25 km Funicolare di Montesanto is almost completely in tunnel. Another funicular was
put underground by Mount Vesuvius several times. The Funicolare Centrale is the largest of the funiculars and is also mostly underground. The Funicolare di Chiaia is underground as well.and is 498 meters. Last but not least, the Funicolare di Mergellina is operated by Gestione Commisariale Regionale Funicolare Mergellina-Posillipo Alt and is half underground.

photo
Atan underground cableway

Naples images from BS:
Interurban
Other Interurban
Tram
Regional site (in Italian) with little data