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Alcoy and Maigmó Greenways

Most people know of the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, but fewer people know of Miguel Primo de Rivera, who took over Spain’s government in a coup in 1923. During his seven-year totalitarian rule, he instigated many public works projects, one of which was an unlikely railroad to link the textile town of Alcoy with the port of Alicante.

Unlike many railroads, the rails themselves were not laid as the project proceeded. Instead, all the track bed, viaducts, bridges, tunnels, and other civil engineering infrastructure were completed first. This took a long time and with the coming of the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939), work was abandoned, and the project was never finished.

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