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Name of the station: Pardinyes

Date of inauguration: 30th May, 1860.

Author: David Martínez


Origin and evolution

The neighbourhood of Pardinyes, in the city of Lleida, developed thanks to the creation of the city’s railway station, marshalling yard and maintenance workshops. All of this took place in the area called the “Recorrido”, which was where the railway workers built their homes.  

Figure 1: Marshalling yard, 1920.

 Pardinyes Marshalling yard

Source: Campo Roca photograph collection.


Figure 2: RENFE buildings. Housing constructed for railway workers, 1920.

 Pardinyes RENFE buildings

Source: Campo Roca photograph collection.


Figure 3: The current RENFE building, 2013.

 Pardinyes current RENFE buildings

Source: David Martínez Herrera.


Thanks to the railway station, a number of important companies established premises in Pardinyes between 1949 and 1980. The most important of these included: the gas factory, in 1949; Arrocera del Segre, in 1951; the Rocafort workshops, in 1952; Los Silos, in 1958 and the Porta and Díez animal feed factories in 1960 and 1970, respectively. All of these premises became established in Pardinyes because of the railway and as a result of its passenger and goods carrying functions.

Figure 4: Rocafort workshops. These workshops were dedicated to repairing and restoring RENFE rolling stock, 1960.

 Pardinyes Rocafort Workshops



Figure 5: The “Los Silos” cereal factory, 1960.

 Pardinyes - Los Silos

Source: Campo Roca photograph collection.



Special features

The old amenities established in the neighbourhood of Pardinyes no longer have functions associated with the railway.

In some cases, their buildings have been rehabilitated and restored by the City Council; this has been the case of the former marshalling yard, which is now occupied by the Salvador Seguí Municipal Institute for Employment and by the Shalom workshop.

Figure 6: Workshops for repairing wagons and sleeping cars, in 1925. The building currently the Shalom workshops.

 Pardinyes repairing workshops



The Rocafort workshops originally repaired RENFE’S machinery and wagons, but they have since followed the same route as the marshalling yard and are no longer associated with the railway. The space that they used to be is now occupied by companies like Brico King.  

Other spaces, such as that once occupied by the factory “Los Silos”, which produced cereals, have now been abandoned, although it is still possible to see what remains of their original premises.



It is significant to note how the railway has conditioned both the evolution of cities and of local society. Lleida, and particularly the neighbourhood of Pardinyes, owes much of its present appearance to its past uses.

The installations and infrastructure that were associated with the railway gave this part of Lleida its dynamism for growth and development.


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  • Augmented Reality
  • Pardinyes
  • Recorrido
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How to use Augmented Reality (AR) in the classroom

1- Choose a topic to work on

Something close to your students that can be gelocalized (e.g. railway stations)

2- Organize a visit

Take your students to different locations and make them produce digital contents (e.g. pictures, videos, sound files)

3- Research

Make your students research on particular spots so they can complement the information they have generated

4- Create AR content

Make your students use an AR Content Mangement System (e.g. Hoppala) to associate the information to its geolocalization

5- Publish your AR content

Publish the AR content through an AR browser (e.g. Layar)

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