Rome, Italy


Rome is Italy's capital and also largest city in the nation. The local operator ATAC S.p.A. provides a comprehensive service of regular diesel, battery powered electric and a single trolleybus route, a small network of trams, metro and urban rail lines. The services provided are well patronised, often over-crowded in the PM periods, and given Rome's notorious traffic congestion this is understandable.

The trolleybus route 90 is a relatively new operation and is not actually wired for the entire length of its route. Between the Stazione Termini and Via Nomentana, the Solaris-Ganz Trollino vehicles are able to operate at regular traffic speeds on battery power. Once the wires are reached, a 30 second stop is made where the driver raises the poles at the touch of a button, and continues on the wire until the terminus at Largo Labia in the North of the city.

The network of tram routes while mentioned is small, they do however cover a large number of communities in the middle ring of Rome, with the longest route 19 making a Cook's tour from Piazza Gerani in the South-east, North then West across the River Tevere then South, terminating just before the Vatican City. The other tram routes operating presently are 2, 3, 5, 8 & 14.

The large fleet of Iveco, Breda, Menarinibus and now Mercedez-Benz Citaro's fill in the gaps in between, operating in Rome's extremely congested inner city streets and in the in-between areas not served by the Metro, Urban and Tram routes.

Rome being a generally dirty city in comparison with many other European cities, is reflected in the cleanliness of the transport vehicles, in particular the Metropolitana which is completely unphotogenic due to the chronically out of control graffiti which covers these vehicles. The Metropolitana is also crawling with pick-pockets and should be used with the greatest of caution and personal awareness. The Urban lines are also filthy and operate more like an old style US Inter-urban tram operation. The state of the underground trains is similar to the state of the New York Subway in its darkest days of the late 1970's. With so may terrific sights to see in the city, it should be ashamed of the way its vehicles are presented to locals and visitors alike.

In addition, the national railway TrenItalia (formerly known as Ferrovie dello Stato) operates a network of commuter services in the suburbs and towns within the region of Lazio - approximately 100klms out of Central Rome. The types and classes of EMU's and Push-Pull locomotive sets used are similar to those used in services surrounding other large Italian cities.

Photo Gallery

ATAC BusesBattery powered Tecnobus 18 near Via dei Fori dei Imperiali. 15/11/2005.
Breda-Menarinibus 321 U1/U2 no.141 leaving the Stazione Termini. 15/11/2005.
Breda-Menarinibus 321 U1/U2 no.159 running along Via dei Fori Imperali. 15/11/2005.
Breda-Menarinibus 321 U1/U2 no.196 arriving at Stazione Termini. 15/11/2005.
Breda-Menarinibus M221 1540 shown leaving the Stazione Termini. 15/11/2005.
Autodromo Busotto 2525 operating tramway replacement at Piazza di Porta Capena. 09/11/2005.
Autodromo Busotto 2536 near Piazza Venezia. 15/11/2005.
Menarini 201 LU/2 2759 departing Stazione Termini. 15/11/2005.
Menarini 201 LU/2 2759 departing Stazione Termini. 15/11/2005.
Iveco 480.12.21 3464 at Piazza Venezia. 15/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.22 3633 on Via Nazionale. 15/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.22 3640 at Piazza Cavour. 10/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.22 3658 on Via Biast. di Michelangelo. 11/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 3743 on Via dei Fori dei Imperiali. 15/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 3761 at the Piazza Venezia Terminus. 15/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 3766 on Via dei Fori dei Imperiali. 15/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 3808 on Via dei Fori dei Imperiali. 15/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 3810 turns into Viale Aventino. 09/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 5250 on Via Ottaviano. 11/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 5324 on Via dei Circhi. 10/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 5342 at Stazione Termini. 15/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 5409 on Via Biast. di Michelangelo. 11/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 5431 at Via Paola Terminus. 15/11/2005.
Iveco 491.12.29 5445 on Via Biast. di Michelangelo. 11/11/2005.
Breda-Menarinibus 240 LU/LS 7100 turns into Via Crescenzio. 10/11/2005.
Mercedez-Benz O 530 'Citaro' 7515 on Corso Vittrio Emanule II. 15/11/2005.
Mercedez-Benz O 530 'Citaro' 7522 on Via Biast. di Michelangelo. 11/11/2005.
Mercedez-Benz O 530 'Citaro' 7633 departing Stazione Termini. 15/11/2005.
Mercedez-Benz O 530 'Citaro' 7668 approaches Largo Magnanapoli. 15/11/2005.
Solaris-Ganz 8509 Trolleybus outbound on Via Nomentana. 14/11/2005.
Solaris-Ganz 8515 Trolleybus on Via Volturno. 10/11/2005.
Solaris-Ganz 8516 Trolleybus on Via Volturno. 12/11/2005.
ATAC TramsStanga built 7013 stopping on Viale delle Milizie. 11/11/2005.
Stanga 7041 negotiates the Junctions at Porta Maggiore. 14/11/2005.
7075 is also at Porta Maggiore. 14/11/2005.
7077 stopping on Via Prestina. 10/11/2005.
Viberti built 7105 also stopping on Via Prestina. 10/11/2005.
Socimi 9003 on Via Ottaviano. 11/11/2005.
9003 is at the Piazza del Risorgimento terminus. 11/11/2005.
The interior of 9003. 11/11/2005.
Socimi car 9021 stopping on Viale dello Scalo di San Lorenzo. 14/11/2005.
9021 seen again on Viale dello Scalo di San Lorenzo. 14/11/2005.
9028 on Via Prestina. 10/11/2005.
9125 is of the latest Fiat built class, and is shown at Viale dello Scalo di San Lorenzo. 14/11/2005.
9125 seen again on Viale dello Scalo di San Lorenzo. 14/11/2005.
The scene of numerous trams at the busy terminus of Piazza dei Gerani. 14/11/2005.


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