The Canfranc International Railway Station is off of 2 Av de Fernando el Católico, in the municipality of Canfranc-Estación, the city of Huesca, Spain.
The French side of the Canfranc Railway Station has been abandoned since a train derailment destroyed a bridge in the 1970’s. The French decided not to rebuild the bridge on their side of the mountains which connected the Pau to Canfranc rail line.
The village of Canfranc was created mainly to the fact that a railroad crossing through the Pyrenees Mountains was constructed. The main building of the Canfranc Railway Station opened in 1928. It is measured at 788 feet long with 156 doors and 300 windows. The station was initially created so large to accommodate the French to Spanish (and vice versa) passengers and freight. During those times the French and Spanish Standard Gauge was incompatible and created problems during customs transits.
With the rumors of smuggling people from France to Spain during occupied France times, British espionage and ‘German Gold’, this railway has seen its share of history. The Tunnel of Somport is used during emergency situations in this modern day. The rest of Canfranc is left in disrepair with a more modern facility across the way being used today. Much of the trains and rails are left to the weather and decay though in recent years the main building’s roof was repaired. Otherwise the area is left to nature and belongs to the urban tourist.
Where is the abandoned Estación Internacional de Canfranc located? You can find it with these coordinates. 42.751637,-0.51417.
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