The accumulated material that has been removed corresponds to elements that have fallen into disuse, such as catenaries, sleepers or miscellaneous machinery, after FGC has carried out improvement works on the facilities
With actions such as this, FGC contributes to the conservation of the morphology of the terrain and to the landscape restoration of the natural spaces where the stations are located
In 2020, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya withdrew 529 tonnes of scrap metal from five of the six mountain stations it manages, specifically from La Molina, Vall de Núria, Vallter 2000, Espot and Port Ainé. These works have led to the removal of old facilities as well as other obsolete items that have become obsolete following the constant replacement of assets carried out by FGC.
With actions such as this, FGC reaffirms its commitment to the preservation of the natural environment and the application of sustainability policies to its facilities and contributes to the conservation of the morphology of the land and the landscape restoration of the spaces where it is The stations are located, which are the gateway to the Cadí Moixeró natural parks, the Ter and Freser headwaters, the Alt Pirineu and the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.
The accumulated material that has been removed corresponds to elements that have fallen into disuse, such as catenaries, sleepers, the remains of renovated snow cannons or various machinery, after FGC has carried out improvement works on the facilities. The scrap, not suitable for reuse, has been removed and taken to authorized managers for recovery, thus also boosting the circular economy.
At La Molina station, 270 tonnes have been removed corresponding to the old upper station of the Puig d'Alp gondola lift, on the train located in the lower part of the Alabau, in the snow cannon towers of the Comella-Estadi track and other facilities.
In Vall de Núria, 167 tonnes of scrap metal have been removed due to the replacement of the Coma del Clot gondola lift by the cable car and the renovation of the train catenary
Rack railway train between the stations of Ribes-Enllaç and Ribes-Vila, as well as the catenary of the station of Queralbs. Obsolete track elements such as sleepers, rails or catenary poles and an out-of-circulation snow machine have also been removed.
Vallter 2000 has removed 38 tons of facilities from the station, such as ski lifts and old cannons. And Espot and Port Ainé, 26 and 28 tons, respectively: a snowplow, a disused motorcycle and other iron elements.
The process of removing obsolete equipment and facilities located in FGC mountain resorts is framed and regulated through the sustainability policy of FGC Turisme, with the commitment to prevent pollution, minimize impacts in the mountains and preserve the morphology of the terrain.
This has been one of the most important scrap removal actions carried out by FGC. However, on a regular basis, the company carries out one-off actions to remove material as improvements are made and non-reusable material is accumulated.