Between 1896 and 1972 an extensive metre gauge railway network was constructed to serve the northern coastal regions of spain and the mountainous area a short distance to the south the majority of this extensive network remains in use as a modernised and efficient system that embodies a main line 783km in length running along the length of the atlantic coast of the country. In spain there is an extensive 1250 km 780 mi system of 1000 mm 3 ft 3 3 8 in metre gauge railways the majority of these railways was historically operated by feve ferrocarriles espaoles de va estrecha spanish narrow gauge railwayscreated in 1965 feve started absorbing numerous private owned narrow gauge railways. So it was with a bit of excitement that i boarded the 1030 am train leaving the galician town of ferrol the birthplace of franco and settled into a seat. Across green spain by narrow gauge rail by nicholas zvegintzov pictures by nicholas zvegintzov unless otherwise noted on the border of spain at hendaye in france in the front yard of the main line train station is an unobtrusive brick shed marked euskotren which is an abbreviation of the basque words basque train. Isabella noble northern spain expert replies the narrow gauge feve railway meanders across spains northern coast between bilbao basque country and ferrol galicia
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