Like the old movies. Passengers on the train, a purr of engines, a whistle and a cloud of smoke on the steam locomotive. The train of the lakes covers a journey of about 2 hours from the city of Lleida to the town of Pobla de Segur through a spectacular landscape. Its history goes back to 1924 still today, adapting to modern times, the nature of the province of Lleida among orchards, fruit trees, mountains and, of course, the lakes that give it its name. The history and activities, finally, complete the experience. On board the nostalgic and adventurous.
A regular train service transport passengers to numerous towns in the way from Lleida to La Pobla de Segur. But in addition to the public service, two other trains, locomotives more exactly, offer another different good: a tourist visit. Thus, travellers will discover the areas of the Plana del Segre, but also the more than 40 kilometres of the mountain range of the Montsec and, finally, the lakes and reservoirs of the last part of the route. Water, however, is present throughout the adventure. Are you ready to enjoy a route aboard the train of the lakes? Take a look at the following information.
The journey of the Train of the Lakes in numbers
A quick look at the features of the Lake Train Tour will help you to understand better what awaits you:
- Length: 89.35 km. Unlicensed track.
- 17 stations
- 41 tunnels and 31 bridges
- 21 level steps
- Width of track: 1,668 millimetres (Iberian)
The three historical line, two classics of the sector. On the one hand La Garrafeta, the steam locomotive designed “especially for the routes with strong slopes”. Yeyé, the locomotive that covers part of the route with a diesel engine, three waggons and an additional one with cafeteria service.
Travelling in time
The initial project was conceived during the first third of the 20th century. It was to become a cross-border line from Lleida to the town of Saint Girons in France. In 1924 the Lleida- Balaguer line was inaugurated, which covered the area of the Plana of the river Segre, the nexus of union between the two localities.
The convulsed Civil War and its consequences truncated the original project, which was reestablished in 1949 when Cellers could be reached. The following year, in 1950 was accessed until Tremp and already in 1951, finally, until La Pobla de Segur. La Pobla de Segur became the last stop of that original Transpyrene
All in all, water is the main star of the whole trip. The orchards of the local peasants, fruit trees or even the escarpments and cliffs of the Sierra del Montsec (like the beautiful Congost of Mont-Rebei) are the work of water and its strength and constancy.
But the train, which runs along the riverbed, offers unique panoramas to admire the beauty of four lakes. The lake of Sant Llorenç, a reserve of aquatic fauna; Lake Camarasa, with 20 kilometres; Cellers Lake and its riverside forests; The lake of Sant Antoni, finally the largest freshwater surface of all Catalonia with 972 hectares and 86 meters deep.