OSE - Organismos
Network length, gauge and electrification (1995):
- 1565km standard gauge, 76km electrified at 25kV 50Hz
- 892km narrow gauge(1000mm), not electrified
- 22km narrow gauge(750mm), not electrified
- 20km narrow gauge(600mm), not electrified (only for tourist
In 2006 - as one of the last in EU member states - the OSE was split up
in a network manager and an operating company. EDISY S.A. ("National
Administrator of Railway Infrastructure") will run the Greek railway
network, while TRENOSE S.A. will operate all passenger and freight
trains, some busses, tourist trains and the telecom network. ERGOSE
S.A. will - as now - run the construction projects.
In 2000 OSE moved 12.3 million passengers, producing 1.6 billion
passenger-km. Freight traffic amounted 2.4 million tonnes and 326
million tonne-km. Total network length in the year 2000 was 2299km
Due to the financial problems of the Greek government, massive cuts are
expected (or have already taken place) in the railway network in 2011.
All narrow gauge lines might be closed, and all regional services on
standard gauge lines suspended. Only InterCity services and commuter
from Thessaloniki and Athens might remain.
In 2016 the operation of Greek trains (TrainOSE) was sold to the FS
Group from Italy.
Last update: 20-01-2017