Friday, June 2, 2023

The historic (and legendary) Granota train will be operational again in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city where old and new coexist in harmony, on the same day we can enjoy the remains of the ancient Roman city or visit futuristic buildings through the modernist architecture of the Eixample.

Same goes for trains. If a few weeks ago the Tibidabo funicular “Cuca de Llam” was nominated for a renowned architecture award for its futuristic and innovative design, now Valles’ legendary green train, Tren Granota, operates once again on Barcelona-Valles Day Will be FGC to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the railways in Catalonia.

The Granota train is objectively cute: It’s white and green and has round lights on the front that look like two eyes, hence the name Granota, Catalan for frog. Now, after 26 years without operation, on May 21 and until June 4, it will open its first routes to the public.

Baptized by his passengers

In 1944, the UT-400 model train first went into operation, built by two engineers from Sarria and shortly after its release, it was colloquially known as Train Granota by its passengers due to its resemblance to a frog. was baptized as

The train operated for over 50 years and was in charge of covering services between Sarria and Les Plaines, Saint Cugat, Ruby, Teresa and Sabadell. In 1996, it was replaced by newer models as its units were in poor condition.

Now, to bring it back into operation, it has undergone a technical and safety review, apart from training new drivers.

For now, the Granota train will operate until 4 June, but it is expected that from autumn more trips will begin on Sundays, which will become part of the Tourist Train offering, managed by FGC Tourisme under the general Touristen brand. is done.


During the days of operation, Granota Trains will make six routes along the track of the Barcelona-Veles line:

  • Ruby – Les Plaines (9.18 am – 9.37 am).
  • Les Plaines – Teresa (10.04 am – 10.46 am).
  • Terrasse – Les Plaines (11.37 am – 12.17 pm).
  • Les Plaines – Sabadell (12:34 pm – 1:16 pm).
  • Sabadell – Les Plaines (1:26 PM – 2:07 PM).
  • Les Plaines – Ruby (2.34 pm – 2.54 pm).

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