Joan Ayats Casas built the fi rst carts to transport charcoal from the kilns in Montseny to Hostalric train station. Barcelona’s charcoal supply came from this source. Joan Ayats Casas was born in Navata, in the Alt Empordà region. When he was 17 he moved to Barcelona to work as an apprentice. At 24 he married Teresa Vilà i Argelés from Navata.

With a carpenter’s shop and the help of his wife, he built wooden carriages that were to be forerunners of the future coach bodies.