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Soriano 1910 dal libro Il treno della Tuscia

A masterpiece along 102 km                                                                                                                                           

Gianfranco Lelmi                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The North Rome railway that for affection I call that , although many now call Rome Civita Castellana Viterbo Railroad , represents  for a large part of many commuters and occasional travelers a means of transport old , inadequate , useless and bloody . Many believe that the North Rome railway to connect Rome with Viterbo , is the result of a ruse to get the state funding, as was more than 102 kilometers . They do not know that a direct connection existed beween Rome Viterbo , via Rome - Capranica - Viterbo and that the North Rome railway  had specifically intended to connect the largest number of countries in the Tuscia .                                                                                                          

Not everyone knows that it is still useful for those who live in North Rome . It 's true that employs two hours and 37 minutes from Viterbo to Rome, on the contrary, the State Railways takes on average 1 hour and 48 minutes ( some trains 2 hours and 18 minutes) to reach Rome Aurelia , then to get to Piazzale Flaminio , you need to add about another 30 minutes                                                                                               

Yet for those who do not know, is a masterpiece of engineering due to its filmmakers , eng. Angelelli , then the engineer . Joniaux , and finally the engineer . Besenzanica , it is still important for the internal connections of Tuscia and Rome with the High Lazio. To reach the capital from Civita Castellana , from Sant'Oreste and all other countries located along the Via Flaminia , the train takes less time than the bus and the car, not to mention the early morning when the Flaminia is clogged with traffic and road accidents are followed almost every day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 Even to get from Civita Castellana Viterbo train is definitely the winner to the car and the bus, especially in winter, when the road Monti Cimini is often frozen . The only major drawback for users of this railway, which is often jump racing trains, for lack of personal drive, for lack of convoys or damage to rolling stock .                                                                                                                                                                             

So people become disheartened with this medium, because of the uneven time frequency of racing. In addition, the absurd competition of COTRAL that starts its means at the same times of the trains, produces a great confusion in the travelers. But back to speak of "our" railroad. And ' thanks to the original idea for the time, Eng. Besenzanica to bring the terminus of the line of Rome, from Piazza della LibertÓ to Piazzale Flaminio , passing the train in the tunnel for a length of 2,080 meters , which this train still alive So he saved himself from great works of dismantling of rail transport began in Rome in the 30s . The construction of the tunnel that leads from Piazzale Flaminio to Acqua Acetosa Station, was single-track , presenting , as told in his book, Eng. Angelo Curci : "The train of Tuscia " considerable difficulties due to the nature of the ground . The presence of clay soil , after about 1500/1600 meters from Piazzale Flaminio , the intersection with the Acqua Vergine aqueduct after the first 500/600 meters of tunnel , the presence of numerous tunnels under the hill of Villa Ruffo , the working tools of the time, make this an exceptional artifact for the time. It was the first metro line in Rome.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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The bridge on the Tiber

The crossing of the Tiber river represented a considerable difficulties for the realization of the route . A bridge was built , consisting of five spans of m. 26 In length and m . 24 of clear in concrete at a cost of approximately 34,500,000 lire, against 10,000,000 lire originally expected. The crushed stone for the construction of the railway site was picked for the most part from the quarries of Valentine's Day near Soriano nel Cimino and near Civita Castellana in an area owned by the company Riccioni Julius was Anthony. This leaves well understand what were the difficulties of transportation era for the realization of the work that was accomplished by means of a steam locomotive Mallet . Not everyone realizes the enormous work that was needed to build this railroad. Tunnels and bridges are not counted                                      .

The most famous is the Bagnaia bridge reinforced in the past, that inspire a great interest for its architecture and its marvel of technology. Other bridges on the river Treja , the bridge of the Cencinello partly rebuilt, the bridge over Marignano , the viaduct of the Fornacchia. Minors galleries are those of Vignanello, Vallerano , Soriano nel Cimino , Bagnaia . To be mentioned in the excavation trench near Treja and Civita Castellana . The cost of the work amounted to over one hundred million of lire and an average of 4,000 workers were employed . However, the entire route of the railway is a work of art .                                                                                                                                                  

If you look closely the line of the track from the driver's cab , you realize that the curves that the train runs , have been created specifically to overcome the gradients that occur along the way. Funding for the construction of the work , then as now, were few, they could not create large structures . A good driver, although the curves are so many , in balancing the speed of the convoy and the rocking of the train , invites the traveler to rest. In addition to the ever-looming danger of the dismantling of railway line Civita Castellana Viterbo , with the prospect of doubling of tracks, from Montebello Pian Paradise, thickens the threat that the old route disappears forever. Already thinking of Morlupo to create a bike path on the old route of the railway , which is not easily achievable due to the presence of a significant difference.                      

Others would like to double the Flaminia road using the old route of the train, thus increasing traffic and pollution. No one thinks that the old tracks, as well as having a historical value, could be used by trains , in case of problems on the new track . Move the old station two kilometers from Morlupo, to Magliano Romano, it is to create more difficulties for the inhabitants of the said town .                                             

The route of the railway was designed by the engineer surveyor of Besenzanica , Francesco Paul Faggiani and it is a work of art of 102 km long that you have absolutely admire.                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

27.11.2012                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

sources:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The train of Tuscia Angelo                                   Curci                                                                                                                                                     

The via ferrata of Soratte   La Roma Nord         Metro                                                                                                                                                     

We also thank Ms. Faggiani for material subject to consultationto consultation                                                                                                                              

 

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