Vall de Núria Rack Railway

The Vall de Núria Rack Railway (Catalan: Cremallera de Núria) is a mountain railway line in the Pyrenees mountains in the north of the Catalonia region of Spain. The line connects Ribes de Freser with Queralbs and Vall de Núria. As Queralbs is the highest point in the valley reachable by road, the rack railway is – besides the old footpath / mule track – the only way to reach the shrine and ski resort at Núria.


The line opened on March 22, 1931, and has been electrically operated from the start. It became part of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) on January 2, 1984 and remains in their ownership.


The line is 12.5 km (7.8 mi) long and has a rail gauge of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 ⁄ in) . The first 5.5 km (3.4 mi) of the line is operated by conventional rail adhesion. The remainder of the line is operated as a rack railway , using the Abt system and with a maximum gradient of 15%. In total the line overcomes a height difference of 1,062 m (3,484 ft). The line is electrified with an overhead supply at 1500 V DC .


Three generations of rolling stock still exist on the line. The original stock consisted of passenger cars hauled by four six wheeled electric locomotives, built by SLM and BBC in 1930–31, numbered E1-E4. These were supplemented by four two-car electric trains, built by SLM and BBC in 1985, and numbered A5-A8. The final generation is represented by two low-floor electric motor coaches of type Stadler GTW , built by Stadler Rail in Switzerland in 2003, and numbered A10-A11. The line also owns a diesel rack locomotive, D9, used on works trains and to push the snow plough .

Cars A10 and A11 are identical to the rolling stock of the Montserrat Rack Railway. The Montserrat line is also owned by the FGC and there is some sharing of stock between the two lines, with locomotive E4 transferred to that line for use on work trains.

Source of description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vall_de_Núria_Rack_Railway wikipedia

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Geographical coordinates 42.3495254, 2.1633502
Address Vall de Núria, Vall de Nuria
Opening date 1931

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