Old hands may poo-poo this post, but they may thank me me for the info if they read on.
Me and ms clinkham, looking at the weather this morning, agreed a trip to the shops in Palma was in order - not really a day to relax round the pool.
On the train via Sa Polbla - easy peasy lemon squezzzy - done it all before - no problem.
Except three stops out from Sa Polbla, at Enllac, (where the Manacor line joins the Sa Pobla line to Palma) everyone had to transfer to waiting train for the onward journey to Palma. A very swish one - very new, fierce air conditioning and no sign of graffiti on the paint work. And powered by overhead electric rather than noisy diesel.
Which was fine until the return journey.
Don't trust the 21st century on board electronic signs.
On arrival at Enllac the signs on our train said 'Destination -Sa Pobla' . That was until the transfer of passengers to the waiting diesel train had been completed ( for onward travel to Manacor, we, and some German tourists,thought) and the doors had automatically closed. At which point the signs changed to say 'Destination Palma'
We managed to open the doors and bail out before the train set off on it's return journey to Palma - but too late for the Sa Pobla train which was just disappearing down the track towards Sa Pobla.
It was very restful - passing an hour till the next train to Sa Pobla, on a bare platform in the middle of no where - just the tweeting of the odd bird and the sound of jets travelling down the island to Palma airport.
So to travel by train from Sa Pobla to Palma and back, you change at Enllac, both outward and inward
Oh, and the reason for this is because the line is only electrified from Palma to Enllac. The onward spurs to Sa Pobla and Manacor are not. Simplez!!
The current times ( April 2012) of trains out from Sa Pobla are 57 minutes past the hour. Returns from Palma are 30 minutes past the hour.
Here's a link to the full timetable .