Our train collection

In this section, you can see a couple of trains/locomotives, which are a part of our museum-collection. To see our full collection, you can visit our Pinterest profile:

Steam locomotives: https://www.pinterest.com/mferrocarrilcat/locomotoras-de-vapor-steam-locomotives/

Electric locomotives: https://www.pinterest.com/mferrocarrilcat/locomotores-el%C3%A8ctriques-electric-locomotives/

Diesel locomotives: https://www.pinterest.com/mferrocarrilcat/locomotores-di%C3%A8sel-diesel-locomotives/

1-1-1 Mataró Locomotive and three passenger carriages

The surviving vehicles are a reproduction of the original 1848 train. The train reflects the technology and aesthetics of an age when the railway was essential element of progress. In March 1877 the original Mataró locomotive was being exhibited on a stand at the University of Barcelona. When they tried to bring it down it fell and suffered a great damage leading to its withdrawal. In 1947 a replica was ordered from the Maquinista Terrestre y Maritima. This locomotive is a 1-L-1 Patentée, the model which in L830 replaced in Europe the slower and less powerful two shaft machines.

(MZA 168 ) Martorell – 1854

The Martorell is the oldest original locomotive in Spain. It is a fine example of railway’s ability to adapt. This locomotive was developed from older and more limited models and was designed to haul carriages. It was built in England for the Barcelona-Martorell railway company.

Length : 8,150 m

Power : 464 kW

Maximum speed achieved: 50 km/h

(MZA 246) Mamut – 1857

The Mamuts were bought to haul both passenger and freight trains. They were the first passenger and freight steam locomotives bought by MZA.

Length : 13,766m

Power : 311 kW

Maximum speed achieved: 50 km/h

Caldes (Mollet-Caldes,6) – 1887

Caldes is the oldest surviving locomotive entirely built in Spain.

Length : 8,150 m

Power : 318 kW

Maximum speed achieved: 50 km/h

MZA 651 – 1901

The Compound locomotives represented a technological rupture with the old locomotives, significantly increasing speed, power and towed tonnage. These innovations contributed to improving passengers transport conditions at the beginning of the century.

Length : 17,624 m

Power : 766 kW

Maximum speed achieved: 100 km/h

Mikado – 1953

The Mikado locomotives, a name reminiscent of the old Japanese empire, were the last engines running in the twilight of the Spanish steam traction era. This model is simple, strong and easy to use.

Length : 29,123m

Power : 1.472 kW

Maximum speed achieved: 115 km/h

Santa Fe – 1942

The Santa Fe locomotives were the heaviest, most powerful and with the strongest pull in all Western Europe.

Length : 25,8 m

Power : 2.915 kW

Maximum speed achieved: 100 km/h

Electric Locomotives

From the 19 th century the railway companies had been interested in the possibility of using electric power in the railway industry. As we can see in the modern trains, it’s cheap and clean as a power supply. In the first two decades of the 20 th century, electric traction developed slowly.

Panchorga ( Renfe 7807) – 1928

These American 7800 electric locomotives were bought after the electrification plan was endorsed by the government in the 50’s. For this second generation of electric engines, similar series were ordered from different makers: French, British and American. They were equipped with a six axis running gear grouped in three boogies, an technique unseen in Spain until the 80’s.

Cocodrillo (Norte & Renfe 7206 ) – 1928

This model belongs to the first generation of electric locomotives in Spain. It was built in Switzerland in the late 20’s. Due to its dimension and features, this is a compound locomotive.

Length : 24 m

Power : 2.100 kW

Maximum speed achieved: 110 km/h

Diesel Vehicles

Diesel engines use an internal combustion engine to transform energy into movement. This system makes the locomotives cheaper and more flexible to operate compared with steam traction engines, owing to their more efficient use of energy. Although the first diesel engines were built in the end of the 19 th century, it wasn’t until the Second World war that they started to be used in the railway industry.

Talgo II and 4 carriages – 1945:1949

Talgo II is the successor to the Talgo I prototype, incorporated some of the engineering innovations of the first model. Most of these innovations remain in modern Talgo : articulated, light, lowcentre gravity and independent rolling. Futhermore, they were very comfortable for the time: reclining seats, panoramic windows, air conditioning and caboose gallery.

Length : 11,989m

Power : 596 kW ( 2 x 405)

Maximum speed achieved: 140 km/h


The locomotive’s rounded lines are clear proof of its American origins. When Spain began to introduce diesel locomotives in the 50’s. the USA was at the forefront of the diesel railway technology and was therefore the main provider of these engines.

Length : 17,986 m

Power : 1.457 kW

Maximum speed achieved: 120 km/h