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Picture of the Week: Ponferada Spain
Picture of the Week: Ponferada Spain

Ponferada and Villablino Railway 2-6-0 number 6 has just crossed the bridge over the reservoir at Santa Marina in the remote area of northern west Spain and is entering a tunnel cut through the hills as it comes down from the mines at Villablino with coal for the power station at Ponferada. Snow still lies high up on the northern Pyrenees mountains. This was a busy line and there were about 15 to 20 engines of different types working out of Ponferada which were all kept very smart and clean. With one even more so to work the daily combined passenger and mail train each day. This railway continued to use steam traction into the late 1980’s.
May 1971.


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