Majorca Update - March 2012
Last September I managed a week in Majorca but it was a
family holiday so not too many opportunities for trainspotting !! On our first
day we had a walk around the bay at Puerto de Sóller and saw for ourselves how
much work still has to be done. I thought I had read in the local press about
thousands of tons of sand being deposited along the shoreline to extend the
beaches but don't think any of it was visible. The road along the front is
supposed to be pedestrianised but we were soon buzzed by a 30+ teenager on one
of those 4WD two-stroke all-terrain quadbikes. In my February
2007 newsletter I reported that almost all signs of "Todo Por La Patria"
had vanished and even the outside khazi (?) of the Restaurante Mar Y Sol,
which was the original terminus building for the tramway had been swept
Well, this worthy space is what you see now.
The next day we took the tram into Sóller (€4 each now) and
found the town almost unchanged apart from the pedestrianised Calle Luna where
we were buzzed by a young woman on her two-stroke scooter. What is it about
Carlos Olmo Ribas tells me that TIB, alias FCM, alias SFM are
running the new electric trains from Palma to Inca with passengers from
December 2nd (only working days), and from January 30th daily. I saw one of
the trains in the easternmost platform of the Station in Palma on September
13th last year but we were in a hurry to catch the bus to Puerto Sóller so I
had no chance to grab a photo. However, Carlos has provided me with a couple.
The first was taken in December with a clear blue sky and the second was taken
in the snow (!!!) on February 5th. Thanks, Carlos and thanks to Toni Sanchis for contacting Carlos on my behalf !!
I've added some pictures I took around Sóller and Puerto de Sóller - hover your cursor over the pictures to get an explanation