The life and soul of the station
hroughout its active life,
Madrid-Delicias Station was the workplace for thousands of
railway workers, whose professional life took place within its
At the end of the Spanish Civil War, there were around 1,100 workers in Madrid-Delicias Station, with women accounting for barely fifty. Madrid-Delicias featured personnel from all the different services, the most numerous being that of Material and Traction (with three hundred employees), followed by the Operation Service, which was in charge of regulating and controlling railway traffic (with two hundred and eighty). The third most numerous group was auditing (with one hundred and forty-seven), followed by track and facility maintenance (with one hundred and seventeen employees). The rest were mainly administrative staff.
The memory of some of these workers, with names and surnames, still remains since their photographs, due to different circumstances, appeared in several publications.
Fernando Flores, Stationmaster. 1911. ¡Adelante! magazine, 15-Mar-1911. Biblioteca Nacional de España
The last day of passenger traffic in Madrid-Delicias Station. In the centre, the rolling stock inspector and a security guard. 30-Jun-1969. Photo: Delapeña. BF-MFM
Reoyo Vegas, Delicias Stationmaster, retired the same day the station was closed. 1969. La vie du rail, 12-Oct-1969. BF-MFM