08.05.2018.

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145th anniversary of the arrival of the railway in Opatija and the 110th anniversary of the installation of the tramway in Opatija

145th anniversary of the arrival of the railway in Opatija and the 110th anniversary of the installation of the tramway in Opatija

 The Rijeka-Opatija railway link with the already existing Vienna-Trieste track was completed in May 1873. The Southern Railways Company was responsible for its construction and ceremonial opening to traffic. Another railway track was also opened to traffic that year which connected Rijeka with Karlovac i.e. Zagreb and Budapest. And so Opatija also gained a railway link with Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb, Trieste, Ljubljana and other towns on the track’s route in that year. For Rijeka these routes were the precondition of the sudden growth of port traffic, and for Opatija they enabled the development of tourism, plus the building of the first Opatija hotel, Kvarner, in 1884.  In 1900 preparations began for the introduction of the electric tramway from the Opatija-Matulji railway station to Opatija (circa 4 km). The starting point for the track was in Matulji at 212 metres above sea level and then the track descended towards the coast following the mostly main (state) road all the way to the terminal in Lovran. Luggage was carried in special wagons and during the summer open-top carriages were used. Opatija’s tramway ran until 1933. The carriages were sold to Ljubljana’s city council and were in use until the mid-20th century.

The exhibition will be open in June 2018.

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