Summary - TST 39

TRANSPORTES, SERVICIOS Y TELECOMUNICACIONES


TST 39

Vanessa Mª GARCÍA LOZANO

Synthetic view of the evolution and construction of the railways in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


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Key Words: railway: Spanish Civil War; civil engineering; construction.


[ Abstract ]

In the Spanish Civil War, the railway network was divided into two parts. This balanced division will evolve as the rebellious side occupied the greater part of the peninsular territory.

The strategic importance of the railways as the main means of transportation and transport in Spain of the time, causes that both contenders begun the construction of new sections of infrastructure in such adverse situations with the objective of providing a continuity solution to the lines that had been interrupted, and thus, be able to carry both transport of goods and passengers and supplies to the front of war and military transports.

At the end of the conflict in 1939, the crisis and the railroad problem had been aggravated by the numerous material and economic losses of a heavily depleted sector, which would mean the nationalization of Spanish railway network.