Arganda Train

  • El Tren de Arganda
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  • El Tren de Arganda
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  • El Tren de Arganda
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In 1990, a bunch of train lovers bought an old steam locomotive on its way to being scrapped. A few years later, they established a non-profit organisation, rehabilitated the train and revived part of the Tajuña railway line, from La Poveda (Arganda del Rey) to Laguna del Campillo (Rivas-Vaciamadrid). In 2003, the old train came back to life, making the old popular saying meaningful again: ‘El tren de Arganda, que pita más que anda’ (The train from Arganda, it whistles more than trundles).

The ride, covering 4km, takes 40 to 45 minutes. As it is a vintage train, it depends on the weather. In extreme conditions, the steam locomotive is replaced by its diesel counterpart. The train departs from La Poveda Station, in Arganda del Rey (where the office and museum are), and has its terminus at the halt in Laguna del Campillo, in the village of Rivas-Vaciamadrid. Passengers get off here to watch the 10-minute operation required to change direction and head back for Arganda del Rey. Back in La Poveda, there is a small railway museum to visit, gathering all kinds of train-related curiosities and recreating the atmosphere of an old train station.

Both on its way to Laguna del Campillo and back to La Poveda, the train rides along a spectacular 175m wrought-iron bridge across the river Jarama – the epic setting of the Battle of Jarama during the Spanish Civil War.

The Arganda Train rides on Sunday, from March to May and from October to December.

Times:

Sunday, Mar-May and Oct-Dec

Departure times: 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm

Reservations:

By phone: (+34) 630 336 840 (10am-2pm and 4-7pm)

By email: reservas@vapormadrid.com

Make your reservation by Saturday at 4pm, indicating number and age of passengers.

Fares:

Train ride (round trip) + Railway museum ticket: €5

Modular scale model: €2

Free admission for children under 3

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