A small train station lost in the Aspe Vallée in the French Pyrénées. It was served by the line Pau-Oloron-Canfranc (see our page on the abandoned international railway station of Canfranc). The line is closed down in 1970 after a train accident on a bridge that will never be repaired, and coaches start to replace the trains between France and Spain.
At the end of the eighties, the project of an underground road trans-Pyrenean tunnel becomes concrete and raises lot of negative opinions. Eric Pététin, symbol of the local environmentalist movement creates the comunity "La Goutte d'eau" (the 'water drop'). The Lescun Cette-Eygun train station is used as hq, strategically located, a few kilometers close to the tunnel construction site...
Twenty years later, after a bunch of demonstrations, expulsions, expropriations,...
The outcome is sad for the environmentalists: the road tunnel works since some years already, and RFF (owner of the whole French railway network) evicts the last indomitable opponent...
Tiny train station, what will you become?
This is weard; On the first photo, I see a ghost standing beetween rails on the railway. And am I didn't mistake, this is a little girl with long hair. I didn't see a face. Or... this is only my emagination :\
Thank you for such beautifull pictures. At this place my grown life started. When people who protested against the big road lived here and came together. Making banners, music, food, fun and love. Dicovering the world outside the place I grew up.
With the 2 months I spent here, my squatting life began. my travel through europe began. It really makes me lovesick to see these pictures. The powerful beautiful people that all came together here.
It is so strange to realise that now, with the abondoning of the station only left are memories..
thanks again! Laura, Holland
Your website continues to satisfy my hunger for exploring buildings and such. I bet you would win $$$ for that last pic of the Pyrenees!
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