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A brief search reveals that the Naples-Nocera line, with a spur to Castellammare was the first line in Italy. There appears to be a notice, or an article on this in Annali Civili 1839. I came to this information while attempting to ascertain the actual date of a letter written from Pompeii and published in My Journey to Italy Ten Years Ago: or, Extracts from Letters to a Younger Sister (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1849), 197-205, in which the anonymous author notes that she arrived in Pompeii by train. I had thought that a date of 1839 was impossible, but it seems that it may have been possible. Can anyone supply the correct date for the inauguration of the railway line to Pompeii? 1839? 1840? or later?
Annali Civili 1839 (Achille A. Rossi, "Strada Ferrata da Napoli a Mocera con un Ramo per Castellammare," vol. 21, fasc. 41, pp. 41-62 [pdf 368-389])is available through Google Book Search. The article on the opening of the railway line from Naples to Granatello di Portici took place on 3 October 1839 [pdf p. 381]. The month of October saw 131,116 passengers . The line to Torre del Greco, Torre Annunziata, Pompeii, Castellammare, etc. was still under construction and was expected to open in the following year .
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