FORT LIBERIA DE VILLEFRANCHE-DE-CONFLENT
CASTLES AND DEFENCES
Built at the start of the century, the Yellow Train line was originally conceived to link the high Catalan plateaus’ to the rest of the department. Initial works were undertaken in 1903 and by 1910 a link had been created between Villefranche de Conflent and Mont-Louis. The definitive line was finished in 1927, reaching Latour de Carol. In order to build this route, no less than 650 works of art were built, including 19 tunnels and two remarkable bridges : the Séjourné Viaduct and the Gisclard suspension bridge (65 meters above ground), so that the Yellow Train perfectly integrates the terrain it goes through.
Today, the Yellow Train is mainly a tourist attraction and transports 400,000 passengers per year.
This 63 km-long train line serves 22 stations, including Bolquère which is at an altitude of 1,596 meters (5,236 ft) above sea level, which makes it the highest metric railway line in France. At a maximum speed of 55 km per hour, the Yellow Train climbs from an altitude of 427 meters to 1,231 meters. It is perfect to enjoy the environment and spectacular mountainous terrain.
You will find practical information in all of our Tourist Information Offices, including timetables that are essential for this unique form of transport.
For timetables and rates, you can also call Villefranche-de-Conflent’s railway station on 00 33 (0)4 68 96 63 62 or visit the website at https://www.oui.sncf/