Replica Locomotive Centerpiece of Newly Restored Attard Railway Station in Malta

The Attard railway station in Malta has been restored as a public garden, featuring a replica of a Malta Railway locomotive, preserving the island's transportation heritage and offering a unique public space.

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Replica Locomotive Centerpiece of Newly Restored Attard Railway Station in Malta

Replica Locomotive Centerpiece of Newly Restored Attard Railway Station in Malta

The newly restored Attard railway station in Malta has reopened as a public garden, featuring a full-scale replica of a Malta Railway locomotive as its centerpiece. The replica, built in 2016 by Stephen Bonello using a blueprint provided by the Malta Railway Foundation, is housed in a steel and glass case at the station.

The restoration of the Attard station garden cost €600,000 and was carried out by the local council. It included rebuilding the station building that had been destroyed during World War II. The Planning Authority contributed €200,000 towards reconstructing the station building and an additional €30,000 for the protective case sheltering the locomotive replica.

The replica project was supported by Multi Packaging Ltd. It serves as a tribute to the Malta Railway, which operated between the capital city Valletta and the town of Rabat from 1883 to 1931. The only surviving original part of the railway's rolling stock is a wagon currently on display at the former Birkirkara station.

Why this matters: The restoration of the Attard railway station and the installation of the locomotive replica preserve an important piece of Malta's transportation heritage. It provides a tangible connection to the island nation's past and offers a unique public space for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The Malta Railway played a significant role in connecting communities and facilitating travel across the island during its years of operation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. While the railway ceased operations in 1931, the restored Attard station and its replica locomotive centerpiece serve as a memento of this chapter in Malta's history. The project showcases the efforts by local authorities and organizations to protect and celebrate the nation's industrial and cultural heritage.

Key Takeaways

  • Attard railway station in Malta reopened as public garden with replica locomotive.
  • Restoration cost €600,000, with €230,000 contributed by Planning Authority.
  • Replica built in 2016 based on blueprint from Malta Railway Foundation.
  • Attard station preserves Malta's transportation heritage, connects to island's past.
  • Project showcases efforts to protect Malta's industrial and cultural heritage.