Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg station

Latour-de-Carol is one of the few stations in the world with three different gauges (another being Montreux railway station). However Montreux has a rack and pinion option. The line to Toulouse-Matabiau is 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge; the line to Barcelona is 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 21⁄32 in) Iberian gauge; and the Cerdagne line to Villefranche-de-Conflent is 1,000 mm (3 … Continue reading Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg station

Cerbère and Portbou border Crossings

This is a fascinating place both historically and geographically. The pass was one of the main places of the exodus of the Spanish Republicans after the victory of the Franco troops in 1939 . Nearly 100,000 people have crossed this pass to take refuge in France and in Latin American countries and a memorial is close to the road. Historically there are also echos of … Continue reading Cerbère and Portbou border Crossings

Coll de Manrella

The Coll de Manrella (711 m.) is a cross-border road pass located in the Pyrenees , connecting the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales to the province of Girona, Catalonia. It is particularly interesting as it has a Civil War monument as it is near this spot where the Catalan President Lluís Companys , the Spanish President Manuel Azaña and the Basque Lehendakari José Antonio Aguirre entered … Continue reading Coll de Manrella