The Stresa-Mottarone Railway: a streetcar to beauty
The Stresa-Mottarone narrow gauge railway was inaugurated on July 12, 1911.
Its ten kilometers of tracks connected, in just over one hour, two wonderful places: Stresa on Lake Maggiore, with its three beautiful Borromean Islands; and Monte Mottarone, which at 1,492 meters high offers a perfect starting point for skiing excursions, as well as an outstanding viewpoint over the Maritime Alps, Monte Rosa, and six lakes.
Electrified at 750 volts direct current, the streetcar could easily ride out the tightest curves and steepest inclines, thanks to a powerful Strub rack system that dragged wagons towards their destination.
Its last journey was in 1962, during the fall. The season seemed perfect to tell the end of a beautiful story, leaving behind memories and vintage images. Here are some of them.