History Sarmentero

According to several sources, the reasons that led to the construction of the railway line had to unite with Alcaniz Sant Carles de la Rapita. D'una banda, Aragonese need to find an outlet to the sea for their products, especially with regard to wheat and coal. D'Altra banda, it seems that the military glimpsed a strategic role in this, Ebro being the main natural border after the Pyrenees regarding possible invasions.

The fact is that the execussió this work became a long and complicated process several times to stop work and financial problems of companies concessions. This is how it opens the section from Puebla de Hijar to Alcaniz in 1895.

With the civil war ends this line fulfilling the strategic role that some had predicted and that is why the work ends up being executed by republican prisoners. To 2730 prisoners will work between 1938 i the 1942 when the work is finished with his wife arrived in Tortosa and operating grants to Rail.

"The Sarmentero", name that this train was known for its rugged cross insistènsia in areas planted with vines, never got to Ràpita and therefore became the Aragonese out at sea. The traffic generated by crossing villages that were not enough to cover expenses and 1973 definitely closing line.

Still, during its operation transformed the lives of these small towns, especialments those, with Bot, station had well over town. That is why the speaking of the train still awake fond memories and happiness in the faces of botencs.

L’any 2000 inaugurated the section of the Greenway of Terra Alta and subsequently the Lower Ebro and Matarranya.