La Tor de Querol
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Albert Truno|
|Area1||12.63 km2 (4.88 sq mi)|
|• Density||33/km2 (86/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||66095 / 66760|
|Elevation||1,209–2,080 m (3,967–6,824 ft)
(avg. 1,248 m or 4,094 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The village's main claim to fame is as the site of the international railway station, Gare de Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg (Catalan: La Tor de Querol-Enveig). This station is the terminus of three lines, each with different gauges:
- the Spanish state operator RENFE's 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 21⁄32 in) gauge line running north from Barcelona via Ripoll
- the French state operator SNCF's 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) gauge line running south from Toulouse via Foix
- SNCF's 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) gauge line (known as the Yellow Train) running west from Villefranche-de-Conflent
As the French and Spanish tracks are different gauges, no trains run the whole way from Toulouse to Barcelona. Passengers have to change trains, which are however no longer scheduled to offer direct connections. Occasional freight-trains cross the border and are worked to Puigcerda, where freight is transferred. The double-track line to Puigcerda consists of two separate tracks with different gauges and electrified at different currents. September 2011 - the French (standard) gauge line across the border is out of use. Spanish passenger trains run across into France to meet up with the French line. No freight services currently operate. Judging from the Google maps satellite photos, the French line into Puigcerda has been severed and the alignment of the Spanish line changed. The sidings served by the French lines are being left to nature, although the Spanish lines seem very well maintained.
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