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THE BRIDGES OF THE G.S.S.R.

From Guadix to Lorca and Águilas

The purpose of this page is to show the amount of construction that was required to run the line from Guadix to Lorca. The quality of the stonework on the bridges is excellent and is still standing in good condition today, 130 years on. In addition, there are hundreds of culverts, cuttings and embankments, all built by hand with pick and shovel.


It is worth considering how much this would cost to build nowadays. Certainly more than £200 million in today's money - bridges, the workshops in Guadix and Águilas, the stations, level crossings etc.


Additionally, all of this was built between when The GSSR was inaugurated in December of 1885 and 1894 (El Hornillo is a different matter). Every bridge and culvert (only the important ones shown here) had to be designed, approved and then built. It was a truly gargantuan effort.


One can see the relative amounts of work needed by section in the statistics page.


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No 1

Guadix - Hernán Valle. Stonework bridge over Rambla Zaugena. See map.
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No 2

Guadix - Hernán Valle. 35 metre long culvert. See map.
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Guadix - Hernán Valle. Small bridge or huge culvert. See map.
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Guadix - Hernán Valle. Culvert partially washed away but still functional. See map.
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Guadix - Hernán Valle. 23 metre long culvert. See map.
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Guadix - Hernán Valle. 16 metre culvert. See map.
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Guadix - Hernán Valle. 22 metre culvert. See map.
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No 8

Guadix - Hernán Valle. Steel bridge over Rambla del Grado. Very impressive in that it is about 100m above the rambla floor. See map.
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No 9

Hernán-Valle - Gor. Double culvert near to Hernán Valle. See map.
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No 10

Gor - Gorafe. The Missing Viaduct. This viaduct is now in Dúrcal, Granada. See: The History. See map.
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No 11

Gor - Gorafe. The replacement bridge after the viaduct was condemned. See map.
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No 12

Gorafe - Baúl. Bridge over a rambla. See map.
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No 13

Gorafe - Baúl. Culvert through a huge embankment. See map.
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No 14

Gorafe - Baúl. Steel bridge next to the village of Baúl. See map.
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No 15

Baúl - Zúzar-Freila Culvert of 2m height over Cañada de Las Malasbarbas. See map.
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No 16

Baúl - Freila-Zújar. 280 metre tunnel in excellent condition. See map.
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No 17

Baúl - Freila-Zújar. Culvert over Arroyo del Cañico. See map.
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No 18

Baúl - Freila-Zújar. Bridge over dirt track. See map.
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No 19

Baúl - Freila-Zújar. Culvert. See map.
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No 20

Baúl - Freila-Zújar. Bridge over Arroyo del Carrizal. See map.
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No 21

Baúl - Freila-Zújar. Large culvert over Arroyo de Carrizal. See map.
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No 22

Baúl - Freila-Zújar. Culvert over Arroyo del Carrizal. See map.
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No 23

Caniles - Hijate. Iron bridge over Río Baza. See map.
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No 24

Caniles - Hijate. Stonework bridge near to Caniles. See map.
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No 25

Caniles - Hijate. The remnants of the Valcabra Bridge. See map.
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No 26

Hijate - Serón. Road bridge, nowadays the AL6403. See map.
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No 27

Hijate - Serón. Steel bridge on stonework supports. See map.
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No 28

Hijate - Serón stonework bridge still in use. See map.
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No 29

Hijate - Serón. Beautifully constructed bridge over a rambla. The bridge in front is an old aqueduct which once carried irrigation water. See map.
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No 30

Hijate - Serón. Another stone bridge still in use by road traffic. See map.
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No 31

Hijate - Serón. Road bridge in reasonable condition. See map.
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No 32

Hijate - Serón. Beautifully constructed stonework bridge. See map.
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No 33

Hijate - Serón. Steel bridge on stonework supports. See map.
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No 34

Serón. Actually a culvert, but architecturally interesting all the same. Under Serón Station. See map.
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No 35

Serón - Tíjola. Steel bridge in excellent condition near Los Zoilos. See map.
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No 36

Serón - Tíjola. Bridge over Barranco de la Rana - frog gorge. See map.
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No 37

Serón - Tíjola. Steel bridge next to the Los Canos loader. See map.
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No 38

Serón - Tíjola. Culvert near to Los Canos. See map.
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No 39

Serón - Tíjola. Culvert with spectacularly beautiful stonework. See map.
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No 40

Serón - Tíjola. Culvert. See map.
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No 41

Serón - Tíjola. Beautifully built 47m stone bridge. See map.
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No 42

Serón - Tíjola. Double arch stone bridge in excellent condition. See map.
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No 43

Tíjola - Purchena. Interesting stone bridge which doubles up as an aqueduct. See map.
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No 44

Tíjola - Purchena. 65m bridge with three impressive arches. See map.
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No 45

Tíjola - Purchena. Small stone bridge, now closed off to traffic. See map.
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No 46

Tíjola - Purchena. One of two nearly identical very remote bridges. See map.
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No 47

Tíjola - Purchena. The second of two very similar bridges over the same rambla. See map.
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No 48

Tíjola - Purchena. Medium sized culvert showing some movement. See map.
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No 49

Tíjola - Purchena. Beautiful stonework bridge which doubles up as an aqueduct. See map.
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No 50

Tíjola - Purchena. Beautifully constructed huge culvert of 37 metres length. Showing some movement which seems to be quite common in this area. See map.
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No 51

Tíjola - Purchena. Medium sized culvert. See map.
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No 52

Tíjola - Purchena. Large culvert which has suffered from some movement at some time in the past. See map.
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No 53

Tíjola - Purchena. Pointless tunnel. Surely it would have been easier and cheaper to make a cutting. See map.
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No 54

Tíjola - Purchena. Quite a complicated culvert. See map.
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No 55

Tíjola - Purchena. Stone bridge over a tributary of Río Almanzora. See map.
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No 56

Tíjola - Purchena. Double arch stone bridge over a rambla. See map.
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No 57

Purchena - Fines-Olula. Stone bridge, probably in the worst condition of all of the bridges in The GSSR. See map.
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No 58

Purchena - Fines-Olula. Recently re-painted steel bridge near to Olula del Río. See map.
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No 59

Fines-Olula - Cantoria. Stone bridge over what is now a 'Green route'. See map.
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No 60

Fines-Olula - Cantoria. Another steel bridge which is now part of a 'Green route'. See map.
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No 61

Fines-Olula - Cantoria. Stone bridge over a rambla. See map.
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No 62

Fines-Olula - Cantoria. Road bridge, still in use. See map.
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No 63

Fines-Olula - Cantoria. Double arch stone bridge over a dirt track. See map.
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No 64

Fines-Olula - Cantoria. Steel bridge with two spans on stonework supports. See map.
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No 65

Fines-Olula - Cantoria. Steel bridge over a rambla. See map.
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No 66

Fines-Olula - Cantoria. Steel bridge running alongside the main road to Cantoria. See map.
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No 67

Cantoria - Almanzora. Short tunnel near to Cantoria Station. See map.
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No 68

Cantoria - Almanzora. Steel on stone bridge over Rambla Jota. See map.
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No 69

Cantoria - Almanzora. Stone bridge wedged in the cutting. See map.
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No 70

Almanzora - Arboleas. Road bridge still in use close to Almanzora Station. See map.
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No 71

Almanzora - Arboleas. Almanzora bridge over Rambla Albox. 110m over 4 spans. See map.
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No 72

Almanzora - Arboleas. Steel bridge in poor condition. See map.
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No 73

Almanzora - Arboleas. Twin arch stone bridge over a rambla. See map.
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No 74

Almanzora - Arboleas. Stone bridge over Rambla Los Llanos. See map.
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No 75

Arboleas - Zurgena. More like a tunnel. Allows passage for dirt track traffic. See map.
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No 76

Arboleas - Zurgena. Impressive bridge of four arches over a rambla. See map.
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No 77

Zurgena - Almajalejo. 75m quadruple arch stone bridge over Rambla de Agüica. See map.
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No 78

Zurgena - Almajalejo. Culvert close to the A334 motorway, in good condition. See map.
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No 79

Zurgena - Almajalejo. Bridge over 'Calle Comunidad de Galicia'. See map.
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No 80

Zurgena - Almajalejo. Culvert the size of a road bridge. Height 6 metres. See map.
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No 81

Zurgena - Almajalejo. Large culvert with beautiful stonework. 30 metres in length. See map.
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No 82

Zurgena - Almajalejo. Huge culvert of 43 metres in length over Rambla de los Puntales. In a very poor condition with water erosion of the stonework. See map.
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No 83

Zurgena - Almajalejo. Short tunnel of 50 metres. See map.
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No 84

Zurgena - Almajalejo. Steel on stone support 80m bridge by Almajaleo. See map.
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No 85

Almajalejo - Huércal-Overa. Stone bridge close to Almajalejo. See map.
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No 86

Almajalejo - Huércal-Overa. Large culvert in a remote area of the countryside. See map.
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No 87

Almajalejo - Huércal-Overa. Stone arch over a rambla. See map.
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No 88

Almajalejo - Huércal-Overa. Impressive steel bridge of 100m over two spans. See map.
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No 89

Almajalejo - Huércal Overa. Culvert for Rambla de Zambra, 37m in length. See map.
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No 90

Almajalejo - Huércal_Overa. Culvert for Rambla de la cuesta del Corral. See map.
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No 91

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. Stonework bridge of 28 metres next to Huércal-Overa Station. See map.
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No 92

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. 46m steel bridge over Rambla de Pallarés. See map.
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Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. Steel bridge of 24m. See map.
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Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. 22m steel bridge, now part of a green route. See map.
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No 95

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. Old GSSR supports with a new concrete span. See map.
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No 96

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. Remains of a bridge destroyed by flooding. See map.
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No 97

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. Small bridge over Rambla de los Cabecicos. See map.
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No 98

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. N340A road bridge, probably not original GSSR. See map.
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No 99

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. Steel span on stone supports. 22m. See map.
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No 100

Hiércal-Overa - Las Norias. Small bridge with original supports. See map.
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No 101

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. 5 span 34m bridge over Rambla Úrcal. See map.
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No 102

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. Remains of the Rambla de Montacar Bridge. See map.
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No 103

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. Small bridge with new concrete span. See map.
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No 104

Huércal-Overa - Las Norias. Steel three span bridge on stone supports. See map.
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No 105

Las Norias - Almendricos. Bridge over a dirt track. See map.
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No 106

Las Norias - Almendricos. Another pointless tunnel of 50 metres. See map.
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No 107

Las Norias - Almendricos. Large culvert over a rambla. See map.
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No 108

Las Norias - Almendricos. Attractive road bridge. See map.
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No 109

Las Norias - Almendricos. Original bridge with a span of 30 metres but with new spans over Arroyo de Peñas Blancas. See map.
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No 110

Las Norias - Almendricos. Stonework bridge with new span, but in poor condition, over Arroyo de Pozo Rubio. See map.
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No 111

Las Norias - Almendricos. Small stone bridge. See map.
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No 112

Las Norias - Almendricos. Stonework bridge next to Almendricos Station over Arroyo de los Peregrines. See map.
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No 113

Almendricos. Road tunnel next to Almendricos Station. See map.
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No 114

Almendricos - Puerto Lumbreras. 170m bridge over the Puerto Lumbreras rambla. See map.
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No 115

Almendricos - Puerto Lumbreras. Small bridge with new concrete span. See map.
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No 116

Puerto-Lumbreras - Lorca Sutullena. Steel on stone bridge over a rambla. See map.
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No 117

Puerto-Lumbreras - Lorca Sutullena. Original supports with new span. See map.
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No 118

Sutullena - San Diego. 81m steel bridge over River Guadalentín, Lorca. See map.
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No 119

Almendricos - Pulpí. Spectacularly beautiful 58 metre bridge over Rambla Galián. See map.
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No 120

Almendricos - Pulpí. Bridge of 44 metres over Rambla Nogalte. See map.
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No 121

Pulpí - Jaravía. New span but original stonework over a rambla. See map.
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No 122

Pulpí - Jaravía. Puente Esteban - Bridge Stephen. See map.
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No 123

Pulpí - Jaravía. 32 metre stone bridge in excellent condition. See map.
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No 124

Pulpí - Jaravía. Tunnel No 1 of five. 222 metres. See map.
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No 125

Pulpí - Jaravía. No 2. See map.
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No 126

Pulpí - Jaravía. Tunnel 3. See map.
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No 127

Pulpí - Jaravía. Tunnel 4. See map.
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No 128

Pulpí - Jaravía. Bridge over Rambla Hondo which must have caused some construction headaches, if only for the remoteness and steepness of the terrain. See map.
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No 129

Pulpí - Jaravía. Tunnel No 5. 75 metres. See map.
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No 130

Jaravía - Labradorcico. Original bridge with new span. See map.
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No 131

Jaravía - Labradorcico. Remote bridge of 34 metre span. Puente del Pobre - 'Poor man's Bridge'. See map.
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No 132

Jaravía - Labradorcico. 50 metre Puente Las Pulgas - Flea bridge. See map.
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No 133

Jaravía - Labradorcico. Short 20 metre bridge over a dirt track. See map.
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No 134

Jaravía - Labradorcico. 30 metre bridge. See map.
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No 135

Jaravía - Labradorcico. Bridge of 62 metres over Rambla de Cañarete. See map.
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No 136

Jaravía - Labradorcico. 47 metre bridge over Rambla del Charco on the edge of the town of Águilas. See map.
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No 137

Jaravía - Labradorcico. Bridge over a water course. See map.
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No 138

El Hornillo. This is the bridge over Rambla Las Culebras (nowadays Circumvalación este) that carried the iron ore trains to El Hornillo pier. Now a footbridge. See map.
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