The Ferrocarril de Soller is almost unchanged since it was electrified in 1929. The beautifully maintained trains are the same ones, and in the same immaculate condition as when delivered in 1929. The company has understood that this charm is what makes it a successful tourist attraction, and it has no intention to change the trains for more modern ones.
The line was inaugurated in 1912. It links Palma with Sóller, a short 27.3 km distance indeed, however crossing the massive "Serra de Tramuntana" mountain range - it can be seen in the background on the left - with a major 2.8 km tunnel, a series of 13 smaller tunnels, viaducts and an impressive 2.3% circuitous grade (min radius = 190m) out of Sóller. The gauge is one yard, or 914mm. At the peak tourist season, in August, the train frequency is very high, with a basis service made of 11 trains (both ways), plus additional "extra" trains to handle the crowds, plus many charters hired by tour operators, and also empty trains from Palma to Sóller given that there is a marked preference and much more ridership for riding the train out of Sóller than from Palma. Add the beautiful Mediterranean weather and it makes for wonderful vacations! ... more to come soon.