Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

El Túnel ferroviari de l'Argentera

Josep Suriol Castellví


The railway tunnel of Argentera has a length of 4.044 m. This construction
was directed by civil engineer Eduard Maristany i Gibert between April, 1887 and
March, 1890 being at the time the largest in Spain. The tunnel is included into the
project of the railway line from Madrid to Barcelona and it crosses a difficult area, especially
under the section mountain pass of «portell del Peiró». The present communication
tries to show the innovation that was implied at that time perforation system
with Ferroux type drilling machine which working with compressed air. The coal was
used as a generic power source to obtain vapor and move machinery.

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