Canfranc Station

Canfranc International railway station is a former international railway station in the village of Canfranc in the Spanish Pyrenees. Opened in 1928, the main building is 240 metres long and has 365 windows and 156 doors.

But ever since the destruction in 1970 of the bridge at nearby L’Estanguet, on the French side, no more trains stop here. The train station of Canfranc has been quietly going to pieces on the foothills of the Pyrenees. Once a privileged gateway between Spain and Europe, during World War II it was an entry point into the peninsula for Nazi gold, Allied spies and people fleeing Hitler’s concentration camps.

Some weekends and during the summer there are theatrical visits, which tell the story of Albert Le Lay, who was a Customs officer during World War II.  Le Lay helped many people flee from Nazi extermination.

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There is now a project that includes the construction of the station’s new passenger building, creating a new set of tracks, providing urban development for the area and refurbishing the old station building for use as a “luxury” hotel and shopping centre.  We will see…

Posted as part of Lens-Artists: Weathered or worn


34 thoughts on “Canfranc Station

  1. This is very interesting – and how did you find it? Great shots and the story is fascinating – I wonder if the plans will be realized? Would love to see it.

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    1. It’s very near my home in the Pyrenees and we’ll see what its future will be like.
      I’ll keep you informed… 😉


        1. Work has begun to turn the station into a “luxury” hotel… 😦
          I’d like to think that when you’re done, you’ll have saved the old trains you’re restoring so you can visit them.
          But it will not be the same.

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        2. Don’t worry! Come here! we have a lot of things to do, to see and to take photographies… and don’t forget to eat and to drink… 😉

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        3. Anywhere near Puigcerdà? For some reason, I have always thought that looked an interesting place, lots of old buildings….

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