Saturday, November 23, 2013

through the Pyrénées to Canfranc, Spain

opening day in 1928

view from the Avenida de Fernando el Católico

French standard gauge electrified tracks

non electrified Spanish approach track

Canfranc is an enormous 240 metre long station on the Spanish side of the Pyrénées and today little used.  It was opened in 1928 following the construction of the 93 km (58 mile) electrified international line from Pau in France.  Following a 1970 train derailment which demolished the L'Estanguet bridge near Accous on the French side of the mountains, the French decided not to rebuild the bridge and the cross border line was closed, 43 years later still the situation.

French TER regional railcars go from Pau only as far as Oloron-Sainte-Marie, 35 km (see earlier post).  Canfranc sees similar trains from Zaragoza.   It is planned to extend the TER on the section between Oloron-Sainte-Marie and Bedous, 25 km, in 2015.  more here

the French line through the Vallée d'Aspe
Viaduc de l'Escot on the French line

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