Experience the sensation of travelling in the 19TH century on the Montserrat Classic Express 1890, a unique train and a treasure of our railway system that transports you back in time. The journey includes culture, history, tradition and gastronomy.
The Montserrat Classic Express 1890 has a total capacity of 157 seats, divided between four carriages.
The train comprises an MO1003 diesel locomotive which belonged to a unique series of 100 designed by S.A. Alsthom de Belfort (France) in the early 1950s.
Climb on board the Montserrat Classic Express 1890 and take a trip through the history and culture of Catalonia.
The journey begins in the town of Sant Boi de Llobregat, just 15 minutes from the centre of Barcelona, at J. Torras i Bages FGC station, on an exclusive private platform for the Montserrat Classic Express 1890.
On the station, passengers are welcomed by guides in vintage attire who again evoke the feeling of being transported to the 19TH century. The journey, which takes just over an hour, gives passengers a view over Mediterranean landscapes as it wends its way among mountains and tunnels. During the journey, our expert guides will reveal the history, secrets and legends of the Sacred Mountain of Montserrat.
Our first stop is Martorell, where there will be a tasting session of artisanal traditional Catalan products and a tour of the Steam Museum. The journey continues, climbing upwards, with the countryside becoming more and more rural and mountainous.
Monistrol, our second stop, is a little village tucked into the lower slopes of Montserrat, where passengers disembark the MONTSERRAT CLASSIC EXPRESS and will be escorted by the guides to the Montserrat rack railway. The train dates back to the late 19TH century and was created to make the shrine more accessible to the numerous pilgrims who were already visiting it all those years ago. Covering just 5,235 Km, the rack railway (known locally as El Cremallera) reaches a height of over 700 metres above sea level, giving visitors a spectacular panoramic view of Montserrat Natural Park.
Once in Montserrat, you have an hour and a half to visit the abbey and the church or have a stroll before your relaxing return journey.
One of the differentiating factors of this original train is the delicious gourmet meal served on the return journey while gazing out at the beautiful scenery. This is the perfect moment to treat yourself to our exclusive gourmet lunch service.
Based on local produce sourced from the areas through which the Montserrat Classic Express 1890 travels, this unique, fresh, creative, healthy and appetising offering will make your journey an unforgettable experience. Lunch is served by our attentive staff at your table. Every carriage also has a bar service for drinks. Finally, we arrive back at Sant Boi station where the magical experience comes to an end.
A dedicated departure every Wednesday and Sunday all year round.