Ferrocarril de Sóller

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Ferrocarril de Sóller
Tren de Sóller 05.jpg
Overview
Type Interurban
Locale Mallorca
Technical
Track gauge 3 ft (914 mm)
Minimum radius (?)
Electrification (?) overhead lines
Route map
Majorca rail network
Palma
Plaça d'Espanya Intermodal Station Connexio amb bus.svg
0:01* Jacint Verdaguer
0:03* Son Costa / Son Fortesa
0:05* Son Fuster
Depot
Depot sidings
0:05 Son Fuster Vell
0:06 Son Castelló
0:07 Gran Vía Asima
0:07* Verge de Lluc
0:08 Camí dels Reis
0:08* Pont d'Inca
0:10 Son Sardina
0:10* Pont d'Inca Nou
0:13 UIB (University of the Balearic Islands)
0:13* Polígon de Marratxí
0:15 MarratxíConnexio amb bus.svg
0:17 El Caülls (for Festival Park)
Son Reus
Palmanyola (Santa Maria)
Caubet
Bunyola
Mirador del Pujol d’en Banya
Can Tambor
Serra de Tramuntana
(1:00) Sóller- tram to Port de Sóller
0:23 Santa Maria Connexio amb bus.svg
Santa Maria siding
0:27 Consell/Alaró Connexio amb bus.svg
Binissalem siding
0:31 Binissalem
0:35 Lloseta
Inca siding
0:39 Inca Connexio amb bus.svg
Enllaç siding
0:44 Enllaç(and passing point)
Enllaç junction
0:48 Llubí Connexio amb bus.svg
0:52 Muro Connexio amb bus.svg
0:52 Sineu(and passing point)
0:54 Sant Joan Connexio amb bus.svg(two platforms one track)
0:56 Sa Pobla
1:01 Petra Connexio amb bus.svg(and passing point)
1:10 Manacor Connexio amb bus.svg
Connexio amb bus.svg denotes bus connections
Sant Llorenç des Cardassar
Son Servera
Artà

The Ferrocarril de Sóller Catalan pronunciation: [ˌfɛrukəˈriɫ də ˈsoʎə] (English: Railway of Sóller), acronym FS, is an interurban railway and the name for the company which operates the electrified 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge tracks running between the towns of Sóller and Palma on the Spanish island of Mallorca (stopping at various smaller towns such as Bunyola and Son Sardina[1]).

The historic electric train takes a route north from the capital across the plains, winding through mountains and 13 tunnels of the Serra de Tramuntana, finally ending in the large railway station of the northern town of Sóller.

Work began on the railway in 1911 on the profits of the orange and lemon trade, which at the time was booming. For this reason, it is sometimes known as the Orange Express.[2]

The famous train is now not only a mode of transport between these two key Mallorcan settlements, but also an attraction in itself. Single tickets cost €12.50 (2012), returns are €19.50.

Palma railway station[edit]

Palma Railway Station (Coordinates: 39°34′36″N 2°39′14″E / 39.57667°N 2.65389°E / 39.57667; 2.65389) is a subtle, relatively small brown brick building with a large "Ferrocarril de Sóller" sign on its façade, partly given up to a museum, cleverly renovated so that the large glass windows reflect the train tracks to make them look as if they go on into the rooms. The station is just off the Plaça de Espanya and borders a large and popular park which lies on top of the underground Estació Intermodal. Several old railway buildings (one with a large brick chimney) lie untouched in the park and there are several train-themed play structures, each one a carriage named after a settlement along the line.

Sóller railway station[edit]

Sóller Railway Station (Coordinates: 39°45′53″N 2°42′54″E / 39.76472°N 2.71500°E / 39.76472; 2.71500) on the other hand is much larger, developed from a fortified house dating from 1606, Ca'n Mayol. The station is also home to the tram which runs from Sóller to Port de Sóller and (inside the building) a museum dedicated to the works of Picasso and Joan Miró.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estación de Son Sardina". es.wikipedia.org (google translation). 
  2. ^ History of Sóller (see "The end of the geografical isolation" section)

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