Tren del Ciment
It is a historical train line that joined the former Asland cement factory in Castellar de n’Hug with Guardiola de Berguedà, departure point of narrow-gauge railway to Berga and Manresa.
The Tren del Ciment trip lasts about 20 minutes and is done by a diesel-powered locomotive with four cars with a capacity for 25 passengers each. It covers a distance of 3,5 kilometres and stops at 4 stations:
La Pobla de Lillet
In the old train station of La Pobla de Lillet, departure point of our trip, you will enjoy a visit to the exhibition “Short line, industrial and tourist railways in Llobregat valley”, that offers a first contact with the most representative elements of narrow-gauge railway times and the mining and industrial trains in the valley.
La Pobla Centre
La Pobla de Lillet offers a wide range of tourist attractions: el Pont Vell, the oldest bridge that crosses Llobregat river actually; the Old Centre; the douzen fountains all over the village; Santa Maria de Lillet Church; the Romanesque Monastery of Santa Maria de Lillet, built in the 9th century and the Rotonda de Sant Miquel, a small Romanesque church with circular floor.
This is the ideal station to go for a walk in the village, enjoy a meal in one of the bars and restaurants and buy some of our traditional products in the local shops.
Els Jardins de Ca l’Artigas are a naturalist gardens, with an emphasis in stone, water and vegetation and designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí at the beginning of the 20th century.
The architect came to La Pobla de Lillet to design the Xalet del Catllaràs, that should accomodate the engineers of coal mines, located in Catallaràs mountain and that would supply the fournaces of Asland cement factory, being built at that moment in Clot del Moro. During his stay in La Pobla, Gaudi was accommodated at Artigas family house and in gratefulness for their hospitality, he designed a garden just behind the family factory: the Artigas Garden.
Built along Llobregat river, Artigas Garden forms an ensemble of great architectural value immersed in a natural space of wild relief. The gazebo, the arch bridge, the waterfall, the grotto, the animal figures and the sound of water flowing are with us as we stroll through this piece of nature decorated.
Clot del Moro / Museu del Ciment / La Cantina
The Asland cement factory, located in Clot del Moro site and in the municipality of Castellar de n’Hug, closed in 1975. The remains, still visible, show the spectacularity of one of the most incredible factory complex of catalan industrialization, set in a singular natural environment.
The factory is an impressive modernist building by the use of Catalan vaults and wrought iron structures and it was built in a terraced way to profit the force of gravity in the manufacturing process.
A few years ago the factory was turned into the Museu del Ciment Asland de Castellar de n’Hug, under the administration of Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya (MNACTEC). Visitors will discover the origins of the factory and portland cement by visiting the interpretation centre and walking in the galleries and the big industrial spaces in ruins.
IncludedTren del Ciment
Not IncludedBreakfast serviceBar / Coffee shopAssistance animals acceptedCredit card paymentReduced mobility accessHalf board service (breakfast+lunch or dinner)Central locationOwn parkingSwimming poolIronHair dryerTelevisionHeatingAir conditioningWifi zoneGarden / green areaPlaygroundBarbecueFireplaceSpaConference roomWashing machine/ laundry serviceLiftTelephoneTerracePets are accepted
Tren del Ciment - Oficina de Turisme
Put back into service in July 2005 as a tourist railway, it makes a trip through the industrial and cultural past of Vall de Lillet.
The "carrilet", as local people know it, was one of the smallest railways for public use in Spain, as track gauge was 60 centimeters. It was built by Companyia General d'Asfalts i Pòrtland "Asland" to transport cement produced in the factory in Clot del Moro.
The journey began at the same factory and arrived to Guardiola de Berguedà, to join the Ferrocarrils Catalans, were cement and various goods were transhipped. During the early years, the railway was used only for the factory transport, but from 1st August 1914 it began to provide public service to passengers.
It covered a distance of 11 kilometres, the most part of the railroad track went along the road from La Pobla a Guardiola, almost totally along Vall de Lillet and with Llobregat river as travelling companion. There were five stations: Guardiola, Riutort-Gabarrós, la Pobla-Apartador, la Pobla de Lillet and Clot del Moro.
The first years of service were for exclusive use of the factory, during the 1920s and the following decades, the carrilet rended an invaluable service to Alt Berguedà region, taking it out from its traditional isolation and offering an outlet to its industrial production.
In the 1920s and the immediately post-war years it will reach its maximum splendour.
The last trip was in 14th October 1963, but this would not be the last one. On the 1st July it was put again in operation, recovering part of the original route.
It is a route of 3,2 kilometres of great beauty, departing from the old station "La Pobla de Lillet" crossing the municipality of La Pobla de Lillet, Jardins Artigas and ending at Clot del Moro facilities.