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Tramvia al Port de Sóller - Soller Tramway

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Tramvia al Port de Sóller - Soller Tramway

The tramway opened in 1913, linking the Sóller Railway (FS) station at Sóller with the Port of Sóller 4.8 km away. Reportedly (according to Valero & de la Cruz), government grant rules changed requiring a new railway to be over 30 km long to receive financial assistance. The Palma-Sóller railway was only 27 km long, so it was extended to the Port to increase its total length to more than 30 km. It seems bizarre that a tramway incorporated in such a way should survive and be busier than ever.

Initially three motor trams were acquired (Nos.1-3) using Brill 21E trucks and two Siemens 35 hp motors at 600 volts DC. They were joined by two matching trailers, originally Nos. 7 and 8, but later 5 and 6. These are generally used in winter and evenings. Four open 'jardinera' trailers were obtained and numbered 8-11. They were originally Palma horse trams dating from around 1890. A fourth motor tram No.4 was obtained from Bilbao in 1959, with a matching trailer No.7.

More recently, a number of 2- and 4-axle cars have been obtained from Lisbon, of which five 2-axle cars have been re-gauged and numbered 20-24. As with all railways and tramways on Majorca, the gauge is 3 feet, supposedly because some cheap British colonial engines were available for this gauge. Most railways were relaid to metre gauge in the 1980s, but the Sóller Railway and Tramway retain their unusual (for Spain) 3 feet gauge.

Fleet:
Trams 1, 2 & 3
Tram 4 (ex-Bilbao)
ex-Lisbon Trams 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24
Trailers 5 & 6 (enclosed trailers)
Trailers 8, 9, 10 & 11 ('Jardinera' open trailers)

Updated : 24th. October 2009