Newsletter - January 2002
No, you didn't miss a Winter or December 2001 newsletter - there wasn't one !! Comparatively little has been happening on the railways of Majorca recently, whereas a great deal has been happening for me personally to divert my attention. However, what I can offer you is a few more photos which I have pinched from the webpages of our very good friends at Associació d'Amics del Ferrocarril De Balears to show you - thanks, guys !! In the absence of news from our regular visitors to Majorca I have to rely on the AAFB website, snippets from Toni and Sixco and the occasional report from the Majorca Daily Bulletin to learn what is happening.
Even before the accident reported in the last (autumn 2001) newsletter it was quite evident that Ferrocarril de Sóller's Palma Station couldn't easily handle the longer trains needed to cope with increased passenger-loadings and it was necessary to lengthen the runaround loop to accomodate the extra coach. The crash site is illustrated in the following diagram and the work undertaken has apparently moved the first point right into the gateway of the Station yard (4th March - I was wrong - it always WAS there !!).
This work had already been planned to take place and was not actually occasioned by the accident, merely coincidental.
The following images are not in any special order but they do illustrate the extent of the work undertaken which, I believe, was completed in two nights and one day !!
Another story reported by my good friends at AAFB was the re-introduction into service of Sóller Tramway motor-car no. 3, following an almost complete rebuild in their workshops during which a great deal of the wooden bodywork had to be replaced.
Sorry, but Juan Mora, a journalist who took the photo of tram No.3 in restored condition for the local news-sheet "Veu de Sóller" (now "Sa Veu" - 11th April 2009), has asked that it be removed. The picture in question and the others may still be seen on the AAFB website at http://www.galeon.com/aafb/esp/diciembre2001b.html (which still works 11th April, 2009 !!) but do please come back again !!
I'm sorry the pictures are small but, once again, I've pinched them from the AAFB website and I've run out of space on my website again !!!
This is another relatively brief newsletter but I will add to it as matters of interest arise. If anything momentous should occur I will let all our regular readers know by e-mail. If anyone out there who is not already on the "mailing list" and would like to be included, please let me know. Thanks again to my contributors and supporters, any comments on the contents will be appreciated.
Mike Kaben has just (15th January) drawn my attention to some very good pictures on a German website which you can see here - follow the Mallorca link on the left hand side of the opening page. Thanks, Mike, the photos of the SFM are by Michael Rother and there is accompanying text but only in German. Hope you enjoy !!
(Unfortunately this link is now dead - 11th April, 2009)
MODEL RAILWAY NEWS
The German manufacturers of high-quality model railways, Bemo, have announced that they may, subject to the receipt of sufficient advance orders, undertake the production of a Sóller Railway motor car like the one in this picture from Mike Kaben (thanks, Mike)
If you'd like one, get your advance order in quickly - they will not be cheap but they will be good !! Follow this link to see Bemo's web page relating to this model.
(Regrettably they never did make this model and the link is dead - 11th April, 2009)
Watch this site for further developments which will take place whenever new information or pictures come to hand. Any submissions or contributions of information, photos old or new, postcards, books etc., will be very gratefully and enthusiastically received and if used on the site will be suitably acknowledged (as above). The photos, pictures and diagrams used on this site are presented for your information and viewing pleasure only. If any of them should be in copyright violation and the copyright holder would care to notify me I will either remove them or acknowledge the copyright accordingly.
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© Barry Emmott 30th December, 2001