|A 1960s view of a metre gauge steam train crossing the railway bridge over the Corinth Canal as a tug pulls a cargo ship through it.|
Proposals for the canal dated from classical times and an unsuccessful effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD. Construction got underway in 1881 but was hampered by geological and financial problems that bankrupted the original builders. It was completed in 1893, but due to the canal's narrowness, navigational problems and periodic closures to repair landslips from its steep walls, it failed to attract the level of traffic anticipated by its operators. It is now used mainly for tourist traffic.
|This aerial view shows how narrow the isthmus is at this point (aroundgreece.com)|