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Is Europe's ghostliest train station about to rise again?

 It was one of the world's most opulent railway stations, sitting imposingly on the French-Spanish border - but then it fell into disrepair. Now, writes Chris Bockman, the building is showing new signs of life.

When they built the station at Canfranc, it was on a grand scale and with no expense spared. It had to be bold and modern - an architect's dream come true, built in iron and glass, complete with a hospital, restaurant and living quarters for customs officers from both France and Spain.

At the time it was nicknamed the "Titanic of the Mountains".

To give you an idea of its size - there are 365 windows, one for each day of the year; hundreds of doors; and the platforms are more than 200m long. The question is, how did such an extravagant station, high up on a mountainside in a village with a population of just 500 people, ever see the light of day?

by Bjinse on Sun Oct 15th, 2017 at 11:11:54 AM EST
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Where's Dodo?  This is his gig.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Oct 15th, 2017 at 04:36:39 PM EST
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dodo is another on the list of the long gone. Although in his case he isn't on FB (afaik) either so he really has fallen off the world

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 15th, 2017 at 04:54:05 PM EST
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Question: Long Gone ... gone where?  Is ET so non-informational that it's not worth a comment?  What do these people spend their time doing?  I DON'T GET IT !!  What's up with Jerome? At least Mig pops up now and then.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Oct 15th, 2017 at 08:26:14 PM EST
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gone, as n no longer posting on ET. Beyond that, I don't know.

He worked for Hungarian Railways, but his department was privatised then downsized and he lost his job. Beyond that, I don't know as he stopped posting.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 16th, 2017 at 06:57:55 AM EST
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Oh shit.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Oct 16th, 2017 at 08:33:36 AM EST
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Why so judgemental?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 16th, 2017 at 09:54:23 AM EST
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well, at least you pop up now and again :-)

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Oct 16th, 2017 at 12:11:16 PM EST
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