By Isha Sesay • 06 February 2020 • 13:15
The restoration works on the historical train have been completed. Credit: Frank Nürnberger.
THE emblematic Sóller train in Spain’s Mallorca is now back in operation after three months of undergoing restoration works.
Approximately 320 people arrived at the train’s departure point in Palma yesterday morning (Wednesday, February 5), marking the start of its 2020 tourist season.
The train had been out of action for just over three months, failing to meet its planned opening date due to problems on its power line which were caused by storm Gloria.
Although many tourist establishments still remain closed in Sóller, the train’s arrival point, it is reported that in the next few days they will open progressively coinciding with the restoration of the train service.
In a statement made by Oscar Mayol, the company’s president, the works carried out aimed to improve passenger safety and comfort. Restoration is still being made at its station in the Port of Sóller, but as Euro Weekly News understands, will not affect those using the service.
Since its operation since 1912, the train with wooden carriages has been in continuous use, climbing 200 metres and passing through 13 tunnels on a journey of approximately 27km. Money for its construction was raised among the town’s residents, in an ambitious project that sought to transport citrus fruit from the Sóller valley to the capital.
Each of its original carriages, as well as all of its machinery, have a long history, where the renovation of the train’s components has to be created or modified by hand.
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