Ferrocarril Elétrico de la Sierra Nevada

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Former railcar in El Dornajo

The Ferrocarril Elétrico de la Sierra Nevada was an interurban tram between Granada and El Charcón in Spain .

The railway was built at the instigation of the Duke of San Pedro in order to open up the foothills of the Sierra Nevada for tourism. From the end of the line in El Charcón you could take a horse-drawn carriage to the Hotel de la Sierra at about 1500 m above sea level. Reach M.

The railway was opened on February 21, 1925 on an 18-kilometer stretch. In the 1950s, another approximately three kilometers long section was added to San Juan . However, this was only used for the freight transport of a mine. A tourist use was later considered. For this purpose, an extension to Estrella and a cable car from San Juan via Campos de Otero to Penones San Francisco (near the Albuerge Militar) should have been built. This project was never implemented.

The track had a track width of 750 mm ( Decauville system ). This small track made it possible for the railway to run close to the site in order to avoid complex engineering structures. Even so, it had 14 tunnels and 21 bridges . In the city, the train started east of the city center and was directly connected to the tram in Granada. She first followed the road to Dinos Genil and then the Rio Genil so that the train stations were usually not conveniently located near the settlements.

In 1972 the railway, like the other tram operators, was taken over by the state-owned FEVE . In the following year the line was only operated as far as Güejar . On January 20, 1974, the job was discontinued.

Today, among other things, a railcar, which was erected as a monument in San Juan, reminds of the railway. From here you have a good view of the Sierra Nevada . In addition, some stations of the railway have been preserved. You can also still see the route of the railway over large parts. However, part of the route was flooded when a reservoir was built.

In 2009, the partial reactivation of the route and the continuation of the railway to the winter sports resort of Pradollano in the middle of the Sierra Nevada were suggested.

Individual evidence

  1. Historical data: Granada el Tiempo de los Tranvias, Catalog de la exposicion conmemorativa del Centenario de los tranvias Granada 1904-1974: Manuel Titos Martinez: El Tranvia de sierra Nevada
  2. http://www.granadahoy.com/article/granada/352829/los/verdes/asegura/su/proyecto/tranviacutea/gana/apoyo.html , accessed on July 10, 2011