Although construction started in 1912, the La Rhune
Mountain Railway did not run a train from Col de Saint
Ignace to the summit until 1924, as the First World War had halted
construction. However, the line proved to be extremely popular,
especially with the locals. In fact, in 1978, local people rejected
plans to build a road to the mountain's summit, thus enabling the
railway to survive.
The two-and-a-half mile line was never strictly preserved, as it
has never closed. But, all of the rolling stock used on the railway
is classed as 'period', some dating back as far as 1924. The stock
in use has large observation windows, allowing for optimum views of
the beautiful surrounding Basque region.