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Tuesday 9th August 2022
My original plan was to get the 08:09 train from Lamia to Lianokladi, to travel on the only pair of trains that are booked to run via the old main line between Lianokladi and Tithorea. I was in considerable doubt that these would actually run, as the other services via the intermediate stations are in the schedules as buses; they are simply a remnant of the service before the new faster route opened a couple of years ago. I later worked out that the train from Lamia was in fact a bus, but I hadn't seen this from where I was standing on the station platform. This of course meant that I missed the two "rare" trains; I didn't need the track as I'd been that way many times before the new line opened. However if they had run, I would have seen it arrive back in Lianokladi when I did eventually get there on the later bus. Also what I could see of the relevant track looked rather rusty even for what I assume would be a lightweight DMU. Nothing significant missed but I'd like to know the true situation. Anyway I continued to Athína to check into my usual hotel there, opposite the station. Then to the Peloponnese to cover the extension beyond Kiato to Aegio that opened in June 2020; I had an hour spare so spent it at Ano Liosia looking at the old metre gauge route there.
Route: Lamia 10:30 (OSE bus) - Lianokladi 10:55; 11:07 (IC53 OSE EL 120-014 dep 11 late) - Athína 13:03 (arr 14 late);14:51 (1318 OSE EMU 460-115) - Ano Liosia 14:51; 15:51 (1320 OSE EMU 460-118) - Kiato 16:55; 17:03 (308 OSE DMU 560-104+560-108) - Aegio 17:55; 18:00 (309 OSE DMU 560-108+560-104) - Kiato 18:52; 18:59 (1329 OSE EMU 460-110) - Athína 20:21; walk to restaurant; Omonio 22:23 (Metro M2) - Stathmos Larissa 22:26. Overnight Hotel Ariston.