The industrial railway heritage

The development of the Spanish railways is a quite interesting history. Did you know, for example, that the first Spanish railway was on Cuba? No? Well, it is true!   This and some more interesting facts about the railway history in Spain can be found here. To show the different speed of development in the various countries, the British history is also mentioned.

 

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Spanish

1837

First Railway-line

1840

Idea for line Barcelona-Mataró

1843

Concession

1844

Informe Subercase

1845

Foundation

1847

Financial Crisis

1848

Death of Migual Biada
Opening of the railway line

1851

Second railway line

1854

Inauguration

1855

First law

1856

Foundation of M.Z.A.
Foundation La Compania...

1875

Expansion of Norte
Foundation of T.B.F.
Expansion

1877

New law
Foundation of 3th biggest association

1914

First World War

1936

Spanish Civil War
Civil War

1941

Foundation of R.E.N.F.E.

1949

Railway contingency plan

1958

Economic Crisis

1963

Support by Worldbank

1965

Foundation of F.E.V.E.

1984

Closing of the lines

British

1823

Permission for steam-locomotive

1825

First person transported...

1829

The Rainhill Trials - "Rocket"

1837

37 new lines

1838

Completion of London-Birmingham rail line

1841

Completion of the GWR

1923

Grouping into the “Big Four”

1963

Beeching Report

1970

Replacing steam railways