During our nine days in Cyprus we saw no evidence of railways and were quite ready to accept that there had never been a railway system on the island.
However on the day we spent touring some of the villages our last port of call was Kalvasos. The area around the town had been the centre of copper mining and the ore was carried down the valley on a narrow gauge railway. In a park on the edge of the village one train has been preserved crossing a river bridge.
The network was 76 miles long with 39 stations and halts and operated on a 2'6" gauge. Rolling stock comprised 12 locos, 17 coaches and 100 waggons.
Is it a co-incidence that The Fat Controller stopped numbering his locos around 11 or 12?
The freight was mostly timber from the Troodos mountains but also carried mail and, during WWII, most of the 50,000 Jewish internees held on the island.
Although Famagusta and Nicosia were on the network it never extended to Limassol.
For the anoraks amongst you there are photographs available at-
Photo Archive of Cyprus Government Railway
of Cyprus and the Wiki map of Sodor which I have inverted. Is there a resemblance or am I clutching at straws?