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Old November 1st, 2013, 08:42 PM   #361
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L10. Between Motors and Zona Franca-Litoral.

Update of the works to connect the Zona Franca viaduct to the tunnel.
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L2-Sagrada Família

Open since 1995.

Interchange with L5.
This is the platform for trains bound for Badalona Pompeu Fabra, which is wider than the one opposite.

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Old November 6th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #363
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L5-Sagrada Família

Open since 1970.

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Old November 6th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #364
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L5-Diagonal

Open since 1969.

Interchange with metro L3, and also FGC at Provenįa station (lines L6, L7, S1, S2, S5, S55).
Metro class 5000, the only rolling stock on L5.

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L1-Universitat

Open since 1926, but massively upgraded in the 1970s.
Since that upgrade, it has the platforms in different levels, one on top of the other.
Interchange for L2.
This interchange was massively refurbished again in the 90s!
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This interchange was massively refurbished again in the 90s!
No. It was created in 1995, when L2 opened, which is another thing.
Before L2 opened, you could only use L1, so there was no way to 'interchange' to anything...

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No. It was created in 1995, when L2 opened, which is another thing.
Before L2 opened, you could only use L1, so there was no way to 'interchange' to anything...

Yes and no because there was an interchange between metro line 1 and Renfe trains in Universitat. You can still see a metro entrance at Pelai street where it says: METRO RENFE METRO RENFE...
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L5-Sagrada Família

Open since 1970.

Interchange with L2.
Seems as if the old aluminium-panels at he roof have been removed. Is it because of fire-safety?

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Seems as if the old aluminium-panels at he roof have been removed. Is it because of fire-safety?
Dunno...
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Old November 14th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #370
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Today we have a peculiar station...
Weīll treat it as a whole, unlike in other posts.

What started out as a funicular station is now one of the main interchange metro stations in Barcelona, rather well known of tourists, and also one of the most peculiar stations in the city.

First things first, the Paral.lel station on the Montjuic Funicular.
Operated by TMB as a part of the metro network (so no need to validate tickets again), it opened in 1928, and it was refurbished in 1992, and again in 2005.

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Then, in 1970, L3 arrived at Paral.lel station from Drassanes.
By then, L3 was operated with wire catenary.

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By the same time, the section between Paral.lel and Sagrada Familia of L2 had started works, but these came to a halt (which turned out to last for decades).
By 1975, L3B opened between Paral.lel and Zona Universitāria, but L3B used the platforms originally intended for L2, since L3B used third rail instead of catenary. Finally, in 1982, L3 got third rail as well, and became unified with L3B, so the platforms originally intended for L2 were abandoned again till 1995, when L2 finally opened.

The fact that both stations were built at the same time and with the interchange in mind, instead of being built as two different independent stations linked by corridors makes it one of the easiest and quickest interchanges in the whole network.
The platform for L3 trains bound for Zona Universitāria and the one for L2 trains bound for Badalona Pompeu Fabra are just separated by a wall.
L2 platforms are slightly higher than L2 platforms, so thereīs a small but sometimes very tricky slope.

Oh, and another tricky bit: trains on L3 run on the right on the whole line, but trains on L2 run on the left in this station (and in fact, only between Paral.lel and Monumental, from Sagrada Familia onward they run on the right)...

And yet another tricky bit, in 2002, L3 abandoned the third rail and returned to catenary, but this time rigid, not wired. L2 got rigid catenary right from the start.

And even more tricky, between 1970 and 1982 this station was called Pueblo Seco in Spanish (Poble Sec in Catalan), while the station opened in 1975 and nowadays called Poble Sec was originally called Parlamento in Spanish (Parlament in Catalan). To make things even worse, itīs right the next one on the line...

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Finally, in 1995, the L2 Paral.lel station opened for the line it had been intended. Itīs still the southern terminus of the line:

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Old November 14th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #371
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This concept of cross platform interchange is smart, but in Paral•lel station it has almost no advantage. It would be more useful if the L2 platform linked to the L3 platform was that used by arriving trains, rather than the one used by departing trains (the current situation), as it would provide a convenient transfer to L3 to Zona Universitāria and Sants station for those passengers coming from all L2 stations.

Now it can only be properly used by passengers coming from L3 stations between Trinitat Nova and Paral•lel who want to transfer to L2 there (all others must use stairs, escalators or lifts), which is a 7 station detour in contrast with transferring at Passeig de Grācia, where the two lines meet again (the transfer corridor there is really really long, I know, but unless you're disabled, elderly, you have a lot of time or you carry something heavy, it is faster to transfer there).

The current layout is almost useless unless you want to go to Sant Antoni station in L2 or you cone from Liceu or Drassanes stations in L3 and want to transfer to L2. For the rest of trips from L3 to L2 using this interchange makes your journey longer (but more comfortable, I admit).
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Paral & bull?

Anyway, I donīt consider it useless.
There are just two flights of stairs/escalator to change between platforms in the most used transfers at the station, and less than twenty footsteps (and in some lucky cases, less than ten footsteps) in the case of the easiest transfer from L3 coming from Trinitat Nova to L2 bound for Badalona Pompeu Fabra.
In any case, that is less than in most other interchange stations (namely Plaįa de Sants L1 to L5, Catalunya L1 to L3, Sagrada Familia L2 to L5, to name but a few random ones).

So overall, Paral.lel L3 to L2 is the easiest interchange, along with Gorg L2 to L10.
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Montjuic Funicular.
Parc de Montjuic station.


Open since 1928, and operated by TMB as a part of the metro network, and thus integrated to the fare system of the metro.

Parc de Montjuic is the upper station, the lower being Paral.lel.

The station used to have an interchange to another funicular that went even higher, to the Montjuic castle, which opened in 1929, but it closed in 1981 for good.

Now, instead of the upper funicular, thereīs an aerial cable car to the castle, operated by TMB too, but unlike the funicular, not integrated (and rather expensive, €6.80 the single ticket... ).

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Montjuic Funicular.

Open since 1928.

A cab ride from Paral.lel to Parc de Montjuic, up the hill.

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L10. Between Motors and Zona Franca-Litoral.

Update of the works to connect the Zona Franca viaduct to the tunnel.
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Slowly, the works carry on...

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I'm going to Barcelona for the first time in a few days and was checking quickly the transportation options. I must say that I was very surprised by how extensive the subway system is for a city of that size. I mean 11 subway lines, some suburban trains and a couple of Tram lines.

Most of the stations look very modern (compared to Paris or London for example). I'm also surprised to see almost no advertisement on the platforms, is there a reason for that? Lot's of people complain about advertisements polluting their daily subway ride, but from what I can see with the pictures posted here, it looks very sad and boring. I guess I'll find out for real when I get there in a few days.

I'm also glad they are finally going to link the Airport with a subway line (even though the whole project is not gonna get done before a few decades).

Regards from Paris!
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You have an excellent double solution from Airport to center to Barcelona:

1. Local RENFE CERCANIAS R2 train from Airport station ("old" terminals T2) to Barcelona Sants and other central stations
see map : http://www.renfe.com/FR/viajeros/cer...barcelona.html

2. AEROBUS from both terminals to Barcelona central "Plaza de Catalunya"
http://www.aerobusbcn.com/index.php/...eraerobus.html

I've been more than 40 times in this marvellous city and you will enjoy it including the easy way to move from one part to another with the excellent TMB organisation.

Have a good stay.!
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L1-Fabra i Puig

Open since 1954.
Interchange for Sant Andreu Arenal railway station (Rodalies lines R3, R4 and R7).

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L1-Sagrera

Open since 1954.
Interchange for L5, L9, and L10.
Interchange for La Sagrera-Meridiana railway station (Rodalies lines R3 and R4).

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L1/L5/L9/L10-Sagrera

Ticket hall, common with the railway station.
It was totally refurbished when the railway station was built, eliminating all the architercutal barriers for the handicapped.

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This sign announces that as a measure to sabe energy, not all of the escalators are in use:

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