Madrid-Delicias, 140 years of a station


140 years ago to the day, numerous personalities and authorities of that time attended the solemn opening ceremony of Delicias Station, then called Ciudad Real Station. It was one of the best examples in Spain of cast-iron architecture in the last third of the 19th century and the central station for the railway line to Extremadura and Portugal.

In order to commemorate this event, the Spanish Railways Foundation, through its Madrid Railway Museum and in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Renfe, Adif and Madrid City Council, has organised the temporary exhibition “Madrid-Delicias. 140 years of a station,” which pays tribute to the building that has housed the Museum since 1984.

The exceptional situation we are experiencing, due to the declaration of a State of Emergency in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, has prevented this exhibition from being opened to the public in our Museum as planned. However, after the effort put forth by our team in recent months, we could not let this date pass by without making it available to our visitors virtually, until circumstances enable otherwise.

We hope that the tour of this building’s historical significance will provide company for you at home and enable you to enjoy a break, during the difficult circumstances that we are all going through at this time. I am sure that we will soon be able to wander around our Museum rooms once again and contemplate, in person, this exhibition that will be open to the public until April 5, 2021.

March 30, 2020

José Carlos Domínguez Curiel
Managing Director of the Spanish Railways Foundation
Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid Ayuntamiendo de Madrid Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias Renfe Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana