RENFE: Barcelona & Catalunya
The main lines in the Barcelona area and along the coast to the border with France were all electrified by the early 1960s. However, steam could still be found on some freight trains and trip workings between yards, station pilot duties and on the non-electrified dock lines.

There were two terminus stations in Barcelona, Termino (the former MZA station) and Vilanova (the former Norte station). The latter had a freight yard next to it which was usually worked by steam although diesels shunters started to appear in 1964.

The docks were connected by a branch line that left the main line near Termino station and ran alongside the public harbour before entering the secure commercial docks area. During both my visits in 1963 and 1964 this line was worked entirely by steam using a variety of locomotives, often very old 0-6-0 and 0-8-0 types.

The main steam shed was located at Pueblo Nuevo, about 4km along the coast line from Termino station. This was the former MZA shed and it housed a number of interesting locomotives including the shed pilot which was a former Bilbao a Portugalete 2-4-0T built by Nasmyth, Wilson in 1893.
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