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Catching the Train

                                                                                                                                                         Rather than grapple with the traffic and parking in Algeciras many
                                                                                                                                                        people prefer to start their journey at Estacion San Roque, the third
                                                                                                                                                            station up the line. There is ample parking near the station.

                                                                                                                                                       There are typically five trains per day starting at 06:30. The last train
                                                                                                                                                          is at 15:46. Returning from Ronda there are five trains starting at
                                                                                                                                                                              09:18, the last at 19:54.
                                                                                                                                                           The easiest way to enjoy the experience is to book a Day Trip

       Mr Henderson’s Railway

      Algeciras to Ronda by Train

            n the late 19th Century British   The pair had previously been     Algeciras. The architect, T.E. Colcutt,      travelling on the P. & O. ships to India and the Far
            officers, garrisoned at Gibraltar,   responsible for building railways   was nothing if not British and         East who would disembark for the Saturday evening
         Ienjoyed the campo and travelled   through atrocious countryside in   produced a baroque colonial haven            dances. In 1906 the Reina Victoria was built at the
          as far as Gaucin and Ronda but the   South America so anticipated little   of tranquillity that was typically     other end of the line in Ronda and today offers
          roads were narrow with potholes   difficulty in Spain.               English. Initially the hotel had             guests the same very English service and
          and craters and the carriages often                                  magnificent views of the Rock and            atmosphere enjoyed by the officers and ladies from
          had to navigate around boulders   Two Hotels and a Railway           across to Africa. During the Second          Gibraltar a hundred years ago.
          fallen on the track from the hillsides   The first section of the line, to   World War, it was popular with spies
          above. It took many hours,        Estacion Jimena, was opened in     from both the Axis and Allied camps          All Very British
          sometimes days, to even reach     October 1890 and the second        who spotted shipping in the Strait.          Between Algeciras and Ronda there are eleven
          Gaucin and four days to reach     stretch, to Ronda, in November     Some even took sea view rooms on             stations, all built originally to the same pattern. You
          Ronda. In 1890 a British engineer,   1892. The company established to   a long let and converted the              would be forgiven for thinking that you had been
          John Morrison, with the backing of   build and operate the line was the   bathrooms to darkrooms. In the          transported to the set of The Railway Children at
          his friend, Sir Alexander Henderson,   Algeciras (Gibraltar) Railway   1890s the hotel was not only used          many of the single storey stations. An English station
          later Lord Faringdon, proposed a   Company Ltd. To cater for the     by passengers on the new train line          clock hangs beneath a fringed wooden canopy.
          single track rail line between    gentlemen and their ladies,        who would disembark from the                 Metal slatted seats stand outside the stationmasters’
          Algeciras and Bobadilla where it   Henderson also built two hotels the   small packet steamer from Gibraltar;
          would meet the main line to Madrid.   first being the Reina Cristina, at   it was also popular with those                                       continued >>

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