This Abandoned Rail Station in the Pyrenees Is Being Returned to Its Palace-like Glory

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 11 Oct 2017 12:56
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Why was this station abandoned in any case?

This Abandoned Rail Station in the Pyrenees Is Being Returned to Its Palace-like Glory

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  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

A bridge on the French side of the route was destroyed in a 1970 freight train crash and the government decided not to rebuild it.

It's basically built in the wrong place to get significant traffic, the coastal routes via Hendaye and Perpignan are where the traffic goes. More people visit the old station building as a museum than it ever attracted as an operating station!
  MetroFemme Chief Train Controller

Looks like a beautiful old and grand building.

Are you saying the line to the regional capital from there is no longer open?

Most interesting Can you elaborate please?
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Hi all do you have a google maps link?
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Plenty of goods wagons in the yard but I cannot find where the old bridge would have been?

Are you talking north of the station?
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

About 23 kilometres to the north, just south of the French village of Accous.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
About 23 kilometres to the north, just south of the French village of Accous.
justapassenger

So there is no practical reason why trains could not travel back south?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
When I first read this I was trying to work out where between Avoca and Ararat this magnificent building was, as that railway parallels the Pyrenees Highway named after its adjacent mountain range.

Mike.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: no longer in Sydney
Yes, I too initially thought it had something to do with the reopening of the Ararat to Maryborough line.

The line in question is still open on the Spanish side (better not mention gauges!!) and gets a couple of services per day.



Part of the French end has recently been rebuilt and was reopened in 2016.

The big problem is the 30km or so gap, which is basically a mountain line with a spiral, several bridges and viaducts, a couple needing a total rebuild, one being the bridge where the derailment that led to the closure occurred, another wiped out by a flood later on, and various places where portions of the ROW have been given over to road widenings etc.

Not to mention the 8000m or so Somport tunnel, which has since been used by road traffic, though I think closed now as a new road tunnel was built.

http://www.forbidden-places.net/urban-exploration-canfranc-railway-station#1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau%E2%80%93Canfranc_railway


Searching for canfranc gets many more links, though most are in Spanish or French.
  allan Chief Commissioner

Reminiscent of Serviceton...
  gordon_s1942 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
Not knowing its history, I was wondering if this line was like so many during a certain era built because 'Everyone was building one and we want one too' only to find out later it should never have gone past the ideas stage for very many reason but once built it was kept running until both time and Nature made it simply uneconomical to maintain.
  billybaxter Deputy Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
About 23 kilometres to the north, just south of the French village of Accous.

So there is no practical reason why trains could not travel back south?
x31
If there's French rolling stock it's trapped because there was a change of gauge between standard and Iberian gauge at this station.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Thanks Billy for the info.

I cannot for the life of me find the old bridge area on the map.  Sad
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

42.949 N, 0.616 W

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