A competition was presented in recent days to the Mayor and the Council of the Municipality of Carrara to plan the reuse of the Carrara marble railway for tourism purposes.
The Marble Railway of Carrara was an industrial railway built for the transport of marble from the quarries upstream of Carrara to the sawmills and the port of Marina di Carrara.
The railway inaugurated in 1876 was used until 1964 when the Municipality of Carrara decided to transfer the transport of marble by truck and to close the railway.
In the upstream section there are still many of the engineering works that were carried out for the construction of the railway.
These include the tunnel from Fantiscritti to Ravaccione, the bridges of Vara, the iron bridges of Vezzala and Ravaccione, the viaducts of Miseglia.
In Marina di Carrara there is still a small part of the old railway track that has not been recovered and is now without grounds and armament. The rest of the route from Avenza to Marina di Carrara was used as a road route.
The main objective of the competition is to obtain project proposals aimed at creating a cycle-pedestrian path on the route of the old marble railway.
Connect the former San Martino Station in Carrara with the Avenza railway station and then the Avenza station with Viale da Verazzano intersecting the Tirrenica cycle path.
Given the historical value of this railway section, the projects must provide for the possibility of restoring the old railway to guarantee the possibility of putting it into operation for special occasions.
Among the main difficulties that a competition to plan the reuse of the former marble railway of Carrara will have to overcome will be the definition of the relationship with ordinary roads, the management of the three demolished artifacts of the old railway and how to build new bridges.
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