Italy - Tram services over obscure routes

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Some tram systems advertise their depot workings and enable one to ascertain the regular use by passenger-carrying services of junctions or sections of line that do not otherwise see public service. This occasional series lists such services that have come to notice. While the data for each system is current at the date stated, it is not the intention to endeavour to keep every entry up to date at every service change - the listing serves as a guide for travellers as to the sort of services they can look out for, enabling them to check current published timetable material at their time of travel.

To assist in tracing services, the route and/or timetable number for each journey is shown in parentheses, e.g. (1). Days of operation are in English notation (respectively: Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S) - plus "O" for only, "X" for excepted. Su (Sundays) usually includes public holidays in mainland Europe - but check locally.

Listings for other systems throughout the world - in the same format as shown below (please include date of timetable validity) - will always be welcomed.

Milan: ATM

As at Summer 2022 the two previous years Tourist Routes had ceased operating and the evening Tram Ristorante that normally should cover some rare curves was now €80pp [running daily, plus additionally but not in August for Sunday lunch] with details including a route map.

Padova: FS BusItalia

During maintenance work in August 2022 the Piazzale Stazione stop (directly in front of the FS station) was in use for trams to Capolinea Sud. The normal stop at Stazione FS and the section to Capolinea Nord were out of use 1-13/8/22. Timetables, showing amendments, are available at FS BusItalia Follow the Urban timetables of Padova link, and then the Tram link

Torino: GTT

No information is to hand, apart from GTT run a service operated by vintage trams so its Line 7 route as shown here as at January 2024 may involve some unusual track. Services run every 60 minutes on Sundays and public holidays: 11 trips per day between 9.30 – 19.30, and normal tickets are valid.

At least part of the recently closed railway tunnel north from Torino Dora towards Corso Grosseto is planned to be re-used by Torino's route 12 tram to connect Juventus’ Allianz football stadium in the northwest of the city with Corso Lepanto in the south.

Venezia: ACTV

The two lines of the Venezia tramway meet at Mestre Centro, but the stops on the two routes are approximately 50 m apart. Trams to provide the T2 service run to and from the Favaro depot at the northeastern end of T1 in service and do call at the normal T1 stop at Mestra Centro, rather than the T2 stop. The 6 through services each way on Feriale and 3 on Festivo are easily spotted in the timetables, although not all are marked with the note (A) indicating through to Favaro. Timetables, are available at ACTV Venezia T1 and T2 timetables, the PDF download button is to the right

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