Aerial view of the Sant Vicenç de Calders station and railway settlement in 1929. Source: Cartographic Institute of Catalonia.

Railway company town of Sant Vicenç de Calders. History of an industrial railway district in Catalonia

Author: Eduard Martínez Hernández

On 24 April 1887 the town of Sant Vicenç de Calders in the province of Tarragona was provided with a major railway connection station at an isolated site amid fields and wetlands 3 kilometres from the town centre. From that point onwards, and up until the 1920s, the most significant and historically important homes of the railway company town were built, and these still survive today. Six units and three buildings: for the Station Manager, the Overseer, and the Block.

New Sant Vicenç de Calders station building, 1941. Source: Archive of the Railway Museum of Catalonia.

The preservation of the company town is an act of justice and historical memory in remembrance of all the people who in some way were and are linked to the historic railway district of Sant Vicenç de Calders. This company town likewise forms part of the industrial and railway heritage of our country.

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The presentation made at the International Congress on Worker Settlements and Factory Towns held in October 2018 may be found here