The Austro-Hungarian Empire ensured land routes that connected Pula to the rest of the world. Before the arrival of the railway in 1876, the delivery of goods and transport was done using maritime routes, while the macadam road was reserved exclusively for mail coach service. The arrival of the railway in Pula led to increased efficiency, especially in shipbuilding and naval industry, as well as the city's construction development. In just a few years, completely new neighborhoods were built, and after two years the railway was connected to the Arsenal. That railway operates occasionally even today. The essential foodstuffs were also transported by rail. At the beginning of World War I, one of the most commonly transported food products was beer. This is not surprising, because at that time Pula had a population of 100 000, many of whom were soldiers. Parts of hydroplanes were also transported by rail, which were then assembled on Katarina Island and used at the surrounding air stations. Submarines were also transported from Germany. On several occasions, Pula's railway station welcomed Emperor Franz Joseph and his beloved Sissi, as well as other members of the royal family. Several old locomotives managed to survive the last century and now evoke images of the past, a beautiful era of our civilization. Also, this magnificent building stands as proof of all those events, something we should honor in order to better understand human development.
Prepared by: K.u.K. Pula Association