Canfranc, Province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain

🇪🇸 Canfranc is a municipality in the Aragón Valley of north-eastern Spain consisting of two villages, the original village and Canfranc Estación, which developed with the establishment of Canfranc International railway station to serve railway traffic across the Pyrenees.

The village of Canfranc Estación (altitude 1190 m) was largely created due to the inauguration on 18 July 1928 of the Pau–Canfranc railway crossing the Pyrenees, and is best known for its huge abandoned railway station, built for transfers between Spanish and French trains, which used different railway gauges. The line was closed after an accident on 27 March 1970 destroyed the bridge at L'Estanguet, and the French side of the station was abandoned and fell into disrepair. There are rumours of "German gold" arriving here during World War II. Also, British espionage smuggled information and people from Vichy France.

Two trains a day now run between Canfranc and Zaragoza, and since 2010 the Spanish and French regional and national governments have discussed reopening the line to international traffic; as of July 2016 this was planned for 2020.

The abandoned railway's Somport Tunnel (7874 m) is now used as an emergency lane for the motorway's Somport Tunnel (8602 m) and is also used by the Canfranc Underground Laboratory.

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Canfranc has a population of over 558 people. Canfranc also forms part of the wider Jacetania comarca which has a population of over 18,664 people.

Twin Towns, Sister Cities Canfranc has links with: 🇳🇮 La Concordia, Jinotega, Nicaragua; 🇺🇸 Aspen, Colorado, United States.

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