Train station with Nazi past to reopen soon

"Titanic of the Mountains" to be rebuilt and re-used for train and mountain lovers.

October 2, 2017 17:06
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Canfranc Railway Black and White. (photo credit: ALBERTO PASCUAL / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)


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anfranc International Railway Station / MARC CELEIRO I ESCRIBÀ / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Known once as the "Titanic of the Mountains" the Canfranc International Railway Station between Spain and France had seen kings (Alfonso XIII of Spain, who visited when the site opened in 1928), Nazi occupation by the Wehrmucht who used it to ship Swiss gold and French grain, and eventual decay as the French lost interest in maintaining it in the 1970s. 

Canfranc station is at the end of the Somport, a mountain pass from France to Spain that, allegedly, was used as far back as the Vandals in the Fifth century. It begins in French Pau and ends in Spanish Canfrance, allowing those who take it a beautiful view of the Pyrenees.

 Tunnel Canfrance / WIKIPRISMA

Now train lovers might get a second shot to enjoy the majestic Art Nouveau station as Alain Rousset, president of the Aquitaine region in France, declared he will find the necessary 232 million USD to rebuild Canfranc and relaunch the train-route "western trans-Pyrenean line."

Until that happens, those who wish to visit the unique station can do so over the summer when it is open, joining the thousands of tourists who wish to view the station at which the 1965 production of Doctor Zhivago was filmed.

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