! Murcia Today – Europe’s oldest train station closes in Spain

Publication date: 07/09/2022

Sant Andreu Comtal station in Barcelona was inaugurated in 1854

Inaugurated on July 23, 1854, Europe’s oldest active railway station, the Sant Andreu Comtal in Barcelona, ​​has finally closed and been replaced by a newer, more modern building nearby.

The iconic station was located in a 19th-century single-storey structure in Plaça de l’Estació, but it actually takes its name from the nearby Rec Comtal, a historic water infrastructure that provided water for industry, the mills and farmlands of Barcelona in a matter of days. past.

Built around the year 1000 by Count Miró, the irrigation store was first supplied with water from the Besòs river; more modern technology allowed it to be fed by an underground aquifer at La Mina de Montcada and later also from La Casa and Aguas de Montcada.

Incredibly, the Rec Comtal still irrigates small areas of arable land and remnants of the original structure can be seen in the Plaza Primero de Mayo and the Puente de la Vaca. Unfortunately, some of the most interesting aspects, such as the Roca agujereada, have been lost.

Sant Andreu Comtal station (formerly called Barna-San Andrés) belongs to Adif and is located on the Barcelona-Girona-Portbou line, with a stop for Cercanías de Catalunya trains on lines R2 and R2 Norte. Sant Andreu, in turn, is a station on the L1 of the Barcelona metro.

The Girona line station entered service in 1854 when the railway line linking Barcelona to Granollers was inaugurated.

After more than 150 years of service, the oldest station in Spain closed its doors for the last time on August 31 in favor of its replacement, located a few hundred meters away.

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