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razUnitedKingdom wrote a review May 2015
Clitheroe, United Kingdom86 contributions45 helpful votes
Floriana you can walk across from Valletta where the buses drop you off ,its not a busy place but nice to stroll around but don't bother going to the outdoor market as its really a flea market ,you might if you like that type find cheap items ,some history but not as much as Valletta ,but try it yourselves to see if you agree .
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Date of experience: March 2015
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John F wrote a review Oct 2014
Fleet, United Kingdom138 contributions61 helpful votes
This was question of being at the right place at the right time. Once a year, the derelict underground railway station in Floriana is opened to the public and I happened to be in Malta on the Sunday in late October when it was open. It is a little known fact (except to enthusiasts) that a railway existed in Malta which ran about 12 miles from a station in Valletta to to one just beyond Mdina and it was opened in March 1883. Floriana was the first stop out of Valletta and it is the only underground station on the line. The entrance is to the right hand side (facing) of the neo-Gothic Methodist church and under St Phillip's Garden. To the left of the entrance is the original ticket office. Steps lead you down to this underground station. What is immediately apparent is how similar in style this station is to the Metropolitan underground stations in London which were opened just three years before The Malta Railway was built. Unfortunately, this station is derelict and visits to it must be guided, in my case by the renowned historian Paul Galea. However, because of its uniqueness as the only underground station on the line, this is a tremendously important venue which hopefully, one day, will be restored to its former glory. Although the Railway closed down in 1931, many of the station buildings along the line still exist today among which are Ħamrun where the trains were serviced and parked at night and now used by the Boy Scouts, Birkirkara which has just been given planning consent to become a Railway Museum and Attard. A great deal of information about this historic line is available on various web sites or from the Train Section of the Association of Model Engineers in Malta.
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Date of experience: October 2014
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