The Journey to Valencia
The risk of transporting works of art 300 kilometres overland from Madrid to Valencia in time of war was more than considerable. Many factors had to be taken into account: the routes had to be worked out extremely carefully and the vehicles had to travel extremely slowly (30km per hour) to reduce the effects of vibration on the works. They also had to have fire extinguishers and to fill up at a distance from petrol pumps using support tankers in order to reduce the possible risk of fire in the fuel deposits. Finally the composition of the convoy, as well as the route lengths and escort, had to be established. With the exception of few mishaps on the first trips, those realised under the supervision of the Madrid Committee from December 1936 took place without incident.