The “Titanic of the Mountains” in Canfranc

The “Titanic of the Mountains” in Canfranc

Spanish project engineer Ramírez de Dampierre began construction of the station in 1923, and it was formally opened on 18 July 1928, in the presence of King Alfonso XIII of Spain and the president of the French Republic Gaston Doumergue.

The site is mostly overgrown, but most of the buildings are largely intact and can be entered. The main building has been re-roofed, but is otherwise in a state of disrepair, fenced off and closed to the public except during guided tours in July and August.

The amazing 241 metres long Modernist building, with 150 gates and nearly 350 windows / Image:

The railway station, using rather more modest facilities, is still open for the two daily passenger trains to and from Zaragoza-Delicias railway station, plus occasional freight trains.

The station’s reason to exist came to an abrupt halt on 20 March 1970 when a train derailment, on the Pau-Canfranc railway line, demolished the L’Estanguet bridge on the French side of the Pyrénées Mountains.

International railway station in the village of Canfranc in the Spanish Pyrenees / Image:
The second largest station in Europe, known at the time as the “Titanic of the Mountains”

Featured Image: Canfranc International railway station

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