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Palma-Soller vintage train

Ferrocaril de Sóller emblem on railway carriageOur tour bus met the Ferrocarril de Sóller train at a suburban station just outside Palma. The train's wooden cars looked much as they probably did in 1929, when the line was electrified.

The historic railway line, which opened in 1912, has a gauge of 914 mm (three feet) and runs through plains and mountains from Palma to the town of Sóller on Mallorca's northwest coast.

The line's total length is 27.3 km or 17 miles, and the ride from Palma to Sóller takes slightly less than an hour. (From Apeadero de Son Reus, where we met the train, travel time was 45 minutes.)


Train tunnel on Ferrocaril de Sóller

The route from Palma to Sóller crosses a mountain range, the Sierra de Alfàbia, which requires a good deal of climbing, a number of bridges, a viaduct with five arches, and 13 tunnels.


Ferrocaril de Soller railway carriage in tunnel

This photo was taken as our vintage train went through a tunnel.


Mirador Pujol de'n Banya sign

Between the Túnel Major and the Viaducte "Cinc-Ponts," our train stopped at a scenic overlook, the Mirador des Pujol d'En Banya.


Tourist taking photo on Palma-Soller railroad lilne

Sóller, Mallorca

The views were impressive. In the distance, we could see the town of Sóller nestled beneath Mallorca's highest mountain.


Palma-Sóller train car

Some passengers preferred to enjoy the view from the railway carriage.


Sóller railroad station

The train ride ended in the Sóller Railway Station, which welcomed visitors in five languages.


Refreshment stand in Sóller trains station

At a snack bar alongside the tracks, we bought a traditional Sóller drink: a blend of fresh orange and lemon juice.


After using the station's clean toilets, we went downstairs to the exit tunnel and followed our group out of the station into downtown Sóller.


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