European Year of Rail


The EU has declared 2021 the European Year of Rail. This initiative is conceived as an opportunity to raise awareness on the benefits of the railway as a sustainable, innovative and safe means of transport; a transport for the future.

As a leading company in Catalonia, FGC will organise and participate with other European railway companies in a series of events, campaigns and activities that will be carried out during this year with the aim of putting the railway at the centre of mobility, restoring user confidence, and encouraging more people to get on the train, especially the younger generations.

The railway plays a key role in the development of sustainable transport and tourism, and today betting on this mode is a commitment to achieve the goals of economic transformation, ecological transition and social inclusion that Europe sets for the coming years.

Performance of the Ode to Joy

Music and trains bring people together is one of the TopRail initiatives in which FGC has participated to commemorate the European Year of the Railway. For this reason, several transport operators that are part of the UIC (LINK: have collaborated in the joint interpretation of the Ode to Joy, which was published on 27 September on the occasion of International Tourism Day. The contrabassist Nuria Casas i Coll, student of the ESMUC, played the double bass.

This initiative vindicates the railway as a safe and sustainable tourist attraction, one of the lines of work promoted by FGC through FGC Turisme.

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Train party

Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya, as part of the commemoration of the European Year of the Railways, participated in the Train Festival, which took place in Prades du Conflent on 18 September.

The day, which also coincided with the European Mobility Week, featured various informative events and round tables. Toni Sanmartí, director of FGC Tourism, participated in the round table The tourist trains in South Catalogne. You can check the program here

FGC initiatives

FGC have done a campaign with a vinyl in the trains in order to communicate the European Year of Rail and encourage more people to use this mode of transport. Press release More information.