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Galician Transversal Railway

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Rail lines of Galicia 1904
Rail lines of Galicia 1904

The Galician Transversal Railway (German: Galizische Transversalbahn, Polish: Galicyjska Kolej Transwersalna) was a railway system, opened in 1884 in the province of Galicia (Austria-Hungary). It was a state-owned enterprise which ran from west to east, along northern side of the Carpathian Mountains.

The line was constructed in order to connect already existing lines into a continuous east-west route parallel to the main Galician Railway of Archduke Charles Louis route Kraków - Lwów, which would be less exposed to attacks in a war with the Russian Empire. The railway was also supposed to activate underdeveloped mountainous areas of Galicia.

The Transversal Railway started at Čadca (present day Slovakia), and ended in Husiatyn (present day Ukraine), with total length of around 800 kilometers. Main towns located along the route are:

Before construction of the Transversal Railway began, several connections had already existed, such as:

  • Zagórz – Krościenko – Chyrów (part of the Lupków – Przemyśl connection, 1872),
  • The Dniestr Railway, Chyrów – Sambor – Stryj (1872),
  • The Prince Albrecht Railway, Stryj – Dolina – Stanislawów (1873).
  • Nowy Sącz – Stroze (part of the TarnówPlaveč connection, 1876)

The lines built within the Transversal Railway project totalled 577 kilometers and these were:

See also

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