The Train from Spain Project


With the onset of the Depression and the Spanish Republic, the liquidator of the Exposition sold the track but failed to shift the stock and left it stored. The rolling stock survived the Civil War in which Seville was an early flashpoint,  and simply remained in store until the mid 1960s, when 3 locos were acquired by the Caso del Campo pleasure park in central Madrid.

One loco – now only a chassis- had its boiler replaced by a diesel motor and ran on a circular track in Madrid for the next forty years. Each winter it swopped its wheels cannabalised from another engine, which were then turned in the fairground workshops. For about ten years a complete loco was steamed occasionally and then stood on static display.

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