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Latour-de-Carol (Catalan: La Tor de Querol) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

Latour-de-Carol

La Tor de Querol
Railway station
Railway station
Coat of arms of Latour-de-Carol
Coat of arms
Location of Latour-de-Carol
Latour-de-Carol is located in France
Latour-de-Carol
Latour-de-Carol
Latour-de-Carol is located in Occitanie
Latour-de-Carol
Latour-de-Carol
Coordinates: 42°27′57″N 1°53′23″E / 42.4658°N 1.8897°E / 42.4658; 1.8897Coordinates: 42°27′57″N 1°53′23″E / 42.4658°N 1.8897°E / 42.4658; 1.8897
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentPyrénées-Orientales
ArrondissementPrades
CantonLes Pyrénées catalanes
IntercommunalityPyrénées Cerdagne
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Albert Truno
Area
1
12.63 km2 (4.88 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
425
 • Density34/km2 (87/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
66095 /66760
Elevation1,209–2,080 m (3,967–6,824 ft)
(avg. 1,248 m or 4,094 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

LocalizationEdit

Latour-de-Carol is located in the canton of Les Pyrénées catalanes and in the arrondissement of Prades.

 
Map of Latour-de-Carol and its surrounding communes

TransportEdit

The village's main claim to fame is as the site of the international railway station, Gare de Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg (Catalan: La Tor de Querol-Enveig). This station is the terminus of three lines, each with different gauges:

 
Route nationale 20 passing through Latour-de-Carol. This segment of this road is also part of the European route E09.

As the French and Spanish tracks are different gauges, no trains run the whole way from Toulouse to Barcelona. Passengers have to change trains, which are however no longer scheduled to offer direct connections. Occasional freight-trains cross the border and are worked to Puigcerda, where freight is transferred. The double-track line to Puigcerda consists of two separate tracks with different gauges and electrified at different currents.

September 2011 - the French (standard) gauge line across the border is out of use. Spanish passenger trains run across into France to meet up with the French line. No freight services currently operate. Judging from the Google maps satellite photos, the French line into Puigcerda has been severed and the alignment of the Spanish line changed. The sidings served by the French lines are being left to nature, although the Spanish lines seem very well maintained.

European route E09 and part of the Route nationale 20 connect Latour-de-Carol with Bourg-Madame (near the border with Spain) and Foix.

PopulationEdit

 
Population 1962-2008

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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