When the tracks don’t match

What do you do when the tracks don’t match?

Apparently, the trains in France use different tracks than those used in Spain. That being the case, trains traveling between the two countries, which is many, must stop and adjust their wheel width. On either side of the border are huge train stations where trains come to rest while adjustments are made. Fascinating. Below is a Google maps image of the two stations whose tracks run along the Mediterranean coastline.

Immense train stations on either side of the French/Spanish border

Immense train stations on either side of the French/Spanish border

  1 comment for “When the tracks don’t match

  1. Paul Schiavo
    October 10, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    France and Spain share a peaceful border that runs for hundreds of miles, and histories that span hundreds of years. Their people speak languages with a common root, and they use the same currency. So of course their trains use tracks of different gauges. Why is that surprising?
    Thanks for the post, and happy travels.

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