A symbol of the decline of narrow gauge secondary lines. Former Tortosa a La Cava 4-4-0T number 1, built
by Hunslet (518/1890) already plinthed in the centre of Tortosa in September 1968 following closure of the line
along the north bank of the estuary of the Rio Ebro at the end of 1967.
Photo Tony Bowles
These galleries cover the narrow gauge common carrier lines in Spain, which means any with a track gauge
of less than 1668mm. Many of the lines depicted were closed in the 1960s as uneconomic with the main survivors
now being the metre gauge network in the north operated by FEVE which are covered in the first gallery. This
includes photographs on the Santander - Bilbao; Cantabrian; Asturian, the Langreo prior to it being regauged to
metre; Vasco-Asturiana & La Robla, all now operated by FEVE; plus the closed Castro-Urdiales a Traslavina,
Castilla lines and the still functioning coal carrier along the valley of the Rio Sil north of Ponferrada.
All of the lines depicted in the second gallery were located in the central or eastern side of the country from the Pyrenees down to the Costa Blanca and all have long been closed apart from that operating between Alicant & Denia that has since between converted to an electric tramway between Alicant & Benidorm. The systems depicted are the 750mm gauge San Feliu - Gerona and Onda - Grao de Castellon along with the metre gauge Olot - Gerona; Catalanes; Utrillas a Zaragoza; Carcagente - Denia; Alcoy - Gandia; Villena, Alcoy y Yecla; and Strategic of Alicante