Soller Train (Ferrocarril de Sóller)
Posted by: Longitude
N 39° 34.590 E 002° 39.215
31S E 470248 N 4380811
Quick Description: This scenic railway connects the city of Palma de Mallorca with Soller on the island of Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain.
Date Posted: 6/29/2010 12:37:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM950R
This narrow gauge railway was inaugurated in 1912 on the same day as the Titanic sunk. This meant that news of this amazing engineering feat was lost to the world due to the coverage of that other tragic event.
Travelling between the city of Palma de Mallorca and the small town of Soller this hour long trip takes you northwards across the plains then enters the mountains of north west Mallorca known as Serra de Tramuntana. On the way the train goes through 13 tunnels and stops for 15 minutes at Mirador Pujol d'en Banya for photos to be taken of the beautiful view of the town. This journey is almost solely used by tourists.
One of the most remarkable things about this railway is that it is still using the original engines and rolling stock that have been lovingly restored. There is an entry in Wikipedia (Ferrocarril de Sóller) which gives more information and a route map.
Engine Type: Electric
Gauge of Railway: Narrow
Approximate Adult Fare: 17.00 (listed in local currency)
Approximate Child Fare: 10.00 (listed in local currency)
Type: Spur (out and back)
Length of Route: 27.3 km
Dates of Operation: From: 2/1/2010 To: 11/30/2010
Frequency of departures: 7 trains a day
Vistas, tunnels, mountains, citrus groves.
Does this Scenic Railroad Provide: Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Trains?: no
Railroad Website: [Web Link]
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