Ferrol - Urban History
Consolidation
Railway bridge over the Ferrol estuary (c. 1913)

Spain's railway revolution developed during the reign of Queen Isabel II (1845-68), when half of the lines in use today were laid. In Galicia this process took place at a later stage and was incomplete. The region was connected to the rest of the country in 1883 with a single line that then branched towards Galicia's two most important cities, A Coruña and Vigo. The inauguration of the 35 kilometres of line connecting Ferrol with the rest of the rail network did not take place until 1913. The railway meant that the city no longer had to depend, for the supply of fresh foodstuffs, on neighbouring towns and villages which were incapable of maintaining a regular supply at accessible prices. Also the shipbuilding industry started to recruit workers from villages along the line, who would travel every day on what was known as the 'workers' train'.

VVAA, A Memoria de Ferrol (Vigo, 2002), Edicións Xerais
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