F.C. de Soller

The Mediterranean island of Mallorca is home to a fascinating electric railway, the FC de Soller, which still runs all its trains with traction built in the late 1920s. To add to the charm, the line leaves Palma by threading its way through the streets.

18 pictures

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SFM Mallorca

Mallorca's other railway is nothing like as interesting or visually appealing. The metre gauge SFM operates services using modern EMUs on the core Palma - Inca - Enllaç section and DMUs from Enllaç on the branches to Sa Pobla and Manacor.

2 pictures

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RENFE Murcia Area

The Albacete - Murcia - Cartagena line in south-eastern Spain is still worked by diesel locos. In 2007 this included the last dedicated Talgo machines of class 354 and the new class 334s. There was also some heavy freight to and from the industries at Escombreras.

12 pictures

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F.C. de Ponferrada - Villablino

The Ponferrada - Villablino is a 62km metre gauge coal carrier in north-west Spain and remained 100% steam worked until 1980. It was blessed with superb scenery, plenty of impressive bridges and tunnels and a fleet of very distinctive locomotives. I made three visits between 1979 and 1981 and, despite being a photographic novice, came away with a few photos I'm happy to publish more than a quarter of a century later.

20 pictures

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