A Railway Protection?Coastal Structures on Tyrrehenian Calabrian Coastline

by L. Abbruzzese, Italian State Railways, Italian State Railways,
F. Amatucci, Italian State Railways, Italian State Railways,
G. Piro, Italian State Railways, Italian State Railways,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The stretch of Calabrian coastline facing the Tyrrehenian Sea has for many years undergone severe erosion, exposing the Battipaglia-Reggio Calabria railtrack to the direct action of waves. To obviate these problems, the Ente Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian State Railways) commissioned a study for a global masterplan of sea-defence works to protect the worst hit tracts of railtrack from further wave attack. A 26 kilometre length of track, divided into 6 different stretches, faces the open sea and constitutes the coastline to be protected. This paper deals very briefly with the results of the study, carried out with the aid of in-situ investigations and mathematical models, and that part of the masterplan envisaged in the first phase of the work carried out over the period 1985-1986.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Site investigation | Coastal protection structures | Water waves | Shores | Railroad engineering | Ocean waves | Italy | Europe

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