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El Tren del Aceite. The railway line from Jaén to Campo Real

The railway line from Jaén to Campo Real was legally approved in 1873, and the Andalusian Railway Company initiated the works for its construction in 1879, based on the project presented in 1876 by Jorge Loring, native of Málaga. In July of 1881, the stretch between Espelúy and Jaén was completed. In 1890, engineer De La Pierre modified the original project of the rail track, planning for the necessary stations and viaducts. The work was directed by engineer Carlos Alexandre, and the construction of the pontoons and metallic viaducts was commissioned to the company Daydé & Pillé in Creil, France.” _

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Santana Trophy 2019: The Great Adventure

What is the Santana Trophy? That’s the question many of you will be asking. No better way to define it than the text included by the organisation on its website ( “Santana Trophy is a tribute… an homage to the past, to classic Land Rovers and to...

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