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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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