Mediterranean – 1886 – 1887 – 23 train engines (VI)

In July 1887 the company “1880 Mediteranean Rail” built a new train station, “Barcelona Junction”. Its purpose is to facilitate the maintenance – repairs, sand refills, water replenishing – for the train engines that travel on the route Valencia – Toulouse or Valencia – Montpellier (or Murcia – Montpellier/Toulouse). Those train engines bypass the city of Barcelona and the operations of maintenance must be operated before the locomotives reach the steep mountains of Pyranees.

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In one week, a roundhouse, a sanding tower, a water tower and a customs house were built at “Barcelona Junction” train station.

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In the picture below, we can see the train station “Valencia” in July 1887. It had a large hotel, a large restaurant, a saloon, a mail/post office, a customs house, a liquid storage facility (because Valencia produces oil wagons), a roundhouse, a water tower and a sanding tower. There are also telegraph poles.

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While “Valencia” has in the background the beautiful image of the sea, “Murcia” offers the sight of the Spanish mountains “Cordillera Betica”. The buildings of this station include a large hotel, a large restaurant, a saloon, a mail/post office, a warehouse, a refrigerated storage building, a roundhouse, a water tower, a sanding tower and, of course, telegraph poles.

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In July 1887, “1880 Mediteranean Rail” had cash of 1.8 million dollars. Between Barcelona Junction and Valencia there were 4 train engines, three of them carrying passengers, oil and produce to Barcelona, while the fourth one (train engine #12) was hauling three passenger wagons, a dining wagon and a mail wagon to Valencia.

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Train engine #15 (a brand new 2-8-0 Consolidation) was assigned on the route Valencia – Toulouse.

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In July 1887, train engines #14 and #15 were brand new.

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To be continued…

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