Sunday, May 18, 2014

TREN GROC DE LA CERDANYA OR TRAIN JAUNE



The yellow train (Tren Groc de la Cerdanya in Catalan and Train Jaune de Cerdagne in French) crosses the Pyrenees from its northern slope in the south area of France, known as Catalunya Nord.

The Yellow Train is a fantastic way of reaching the territory of the Regional Nature Park of Catalan Pyrenees. In summer, some of the wagons have no ceiling to see the landscape in more detail.



Yellow Train
The Yellow Train in summer



The railway line of the Yellow Train is a symbol of the Catalan Pyrenees, with its colours of blood and gold. The route of the yellow train goes from Villefranche de Conflent up to Latour-de-Carol. The whole route is 63 km long through 19 tunnels and 2 high viaducts between mountains and  costs about 15 euros.




Train Jaune in Villefranche de Conflent
Train Jaune de Cerdagne in Villefranche de Conflent




Yellow train in The Pyrenees
Yellow train crossing a viaduct, with a series of arches across a valley of The Pyrenees


It can be caught in any of its 22 stations and the trip takes about 3 hours. Although its route is entirely in French territory, its wagons are painted in yellow in honor of the flag of Catalunya.




Tren Groc de la Cerdanya
The Yellow Train (Tren Groc de la Cerdanya in Catalan)


From the valley of the Têt River, the train offers fantastic sceneries punctuated by cultural sites.


La Têt from the Yellow train (Train Jaune)
Têt river from the Yellow train



You must not forget that at fourteen of the twenty-two stations, the train only stops if you have already requested it. To get on the train, signal to the train driver. To get off, warn the ticket inspector well beforehand.

Since 2004, as much as possible has been done to improve the quality and comfort of the train: new bus links and road services, rehabilitation of the stations, modernisation of the rolling stock... This Regional Express Train ensures that all the year round it is possible to make several return journeys every day whatever are the climatic conditions.




The Yellow Train in The Pyrenees
The Yellow Train crossing a viaduct between the mountains of The Pyrenees



Nowadays it's a touristic train and its journey is really cultural. It's actually one of the most spectacular rail you can enjoy around the Pyrenees because of the impressive landscapes.





The Pyrenees from the Yellow Train
Nice view of The Pyrenees from the Yellow Train



The Pyrenees in France
I enjoyed landscapes in The Pyrenees like this one for more than one hour



Yellow Train in The Pyrenees
Railway line of the Yellow Train in The Pyrenees




The Pyrenees between Catalonia and France
A village in The Pyrenees near the border between France and Catalonia



The Pyrenees between Catalonia and France
The Pyrenees between Catalonia and France with the Canigou (El Canigó), a symbolic mountain




The Pyrenees from the Yellow Train
The Pyrenees from the Yellow Train




Yellow train in the station of La Cabanasse near Mont-Louis





Some years before, in 2009, I spent some days in Paris. You can see some pictures of these days in Paris clicking on the links below:





In France I have visited too:




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