Welcome to the Tren del Ciment
It is a line that historically joined the former Asland cement factory in Castellar de n'Hug with Guardiola de Berguedà.
The route lasts approximately 20 minutes. The diesel-powered locomotive has four cars with a capacity for 25 passengers each. It covers a distance of 3.5 km and it stops at four stations:
The journey starts at the old station of La Pobla de Lillet, where travellers can enjoy a tour of the exhibition entitled "Narrow-gauge industrial and tourist railways in the Llobregat Valley", which gives them an insight into the most representative elements of the era of the narrow-gauge mining and industrial trains in the valley.
La Pobla de Lillet boasts a host of tourist attractions: the Pont Vell, the oldest bridge currently spanning the River Llobregat; the Old Quarter; the dozen fountains distributed around the town; the Church of Santa Maria de Lillet; the Romanesque monastery of Santa Maria de Lillet, built in the 9th century; the Rotonda of St. Michael, a circular Romanesque chapel; the Castle of Lillet and the Serra de Catllaràs, the perfect place to enjoy nature at its best, where you’ll also find the Sanctuary of Falgàs.
The Artigas Gardens are naturalist in style with an emphasis on stone, water and vegetation, and were designed at the beginning of the 20th century by architect Antoni Gaudí.
Built along the River Llobregat, the Artigas Gardens represent a collection of great architectural value nestled in a wild, luxuriant natural setting. The gazebo, the arched bridge, the waterfall, the grotto, the animal statuary and the murmur of water accompany you on your stroll through this beautifully decorated corner of nature.
The Asland Cement Factory is an impressive Modernist building featuring Catalan vaulting and forged iron structures, and was built in a terraced way to take advantage of the force of gravity in the cement-manufacturing process.
A few years ago the factory was turned into the Museu del Ciment Asland (Asland Cement Museum) of Castellar de N'Hug, the headquarters of the Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya (mNACTEC) (Science and Technical Museum of Catalonia), where visitors will find an interpretation centre and an itinerary through the galleries and huge industrial spaces now in ruins, revealing the origins of the factory and Portland Cement.