600 BC

Ancient Greece is regarded as some as the first railway to ever be constructed. The Diolkos was a paved trackway near Ancient Corinth which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth. The shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid the dangerous circumnavigation of the Peloponnese peninsula. The scale on which the Diolkos combined the two principles of the railway and the overland transport of ships remained unique in antiquity.


The first invention of transport making use of two wheels arranged consecutively, and thus the archetype of the bicycle was named as a draisine, the eponymous term is derived from German Baron Karl Drais. A term draisine is also used to describe a light human-powered rail vehicle for the maintenance of railway infrastructure and for touristic purposes. In conclusion, draisine is the word that connects two greatest inventions in the world, the railway and the bicycle. 


The economic crisis in Greece led to the suspension of all passenger and freight services on the metre gauge railway system in the Peloponnese. The total length of the SPAP SPAP (Greek: Σιδηρόδρομοι Πειραιώς-Αθηνών-Πελοποννήσου or Σ.Π.Α.Π.) was to 731 km. At this day and age, Greece relies on a standard gauge. So even if the crisis is ever comes to the end, the restoration of those old lines, most likely, will not be conducted.


We started the Railbiking in Greece project. It was that time when we were actively interested in abandoned railways especially the bunkers at Skiron's Rocks. Many must have had the idea of riding on rails, well at least for the founder of the project it was always a dream. At that time he started experimenting with some scraped materials and bicycles, however, because of the small budget, the project had slow growth. Finally after 5 years of hard work the 7th generation railbike was ready.