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Old March 26th, 2017, 08:56 AM   #961
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Old April 10th, 2017, 02:47 AM   #962
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Douro railway line - Corgo River Bridge


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Old April 11th, 2017, 12:04 AM   #963
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Old April 11th, 2017, 12:29 PM   #964
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I must admit I didn't know that Google's Street View has pictured not only roads, but also some rail tracks. At least that seems to be the case in Portugal, just give it a try: https://goo.gl/HwwdJT
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Old April 21st, 2017, 06:38 AM   #965
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A couple of years ago Google went IN CAB and they filmed the entire network using the route inspection vehicles.

Search for [Google Train] on youtube and there are lots of videos.



Photo by AMiguel in http://www.comboios.org/forum/viewto...4732&start=725


Photo by Valerio dos santos in the same page
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Old April 25th, 2017, 01:02 PM   #966
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Douro Line - Status of the electrification at Vila Meã e Cessinhos Station »» April of 2017

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Old April 25th, 2017, 01:04 PM   #967
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Minho Line - Status of the electrification at Viana do Castelo Station

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Old April 30th, 2017, 10:37 PM   #968
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Spain has just tendered the electrification works between Salamanca and Fuentes de Oñoro, and there are also plans to electrify the short missing section between Guillarei and Tui.

This means that in the short term Spain and Portugal will have two electrified railway connections, while currently there's none.

Let's hope Portugal builds soon the Évora - Elvas line, so the two countries can at last have 3 upgraded rail connections (HSLs Vigo - Porto and Madrid - Lisbon are still a dream).
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Old May 2nd, 2017, 03:27 PM   #972
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Spain has just tendered the electrification works between Salamanca and Fuentes de Oñoro, and there are also plans to electrify the short missing section between Guillarei and Tui.

This means that in the short term Spain and Portugal will have two electrified railway connections, while currently there's none.

Let's hope Portugal builds soon the Évora - Elvas line, so the two countries can at last have 3 upgraded rail connections (HSLs Vigo - Porto and Madrid - Lisbon are still a dream).

Three years ago i wanted to go to Salamanca by train, when i saw the possibilites (that were none) i gave up!!


Related to the part Évora-Elvas Line i`m a little skeptic, it is the prefered railroad investment of the goverment and no one is saying anything. That probably indicates some kind of problem (financial one or political one).


For me the international connection that makes me a lot of confusing still not existing or even having plans/intentions to do it is the Ayamonte (Andaluzia) » V. R. de Sto. António (Algarve) connection.


By the way that last photo of the Douro Line was taking just 30 km of another international conncetion:


Source: https://rotadostuneis.wordpress.com/...a-em-portugal/
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Old May 29th, 2017, 02:00 PM   #973
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Old May 30th, 2017, 03:55 PM   #974
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Spain to comply with rail agreement with Portugal 14 years later


Electrification of the line linking Vilar Formoso to Salamanca will allow trains at 200 km / hour. CP says that this will change the paradigm of international service that exists today between Lisbon and Madrid and Lisbon-Hendaye.


November 7, 2003. Durão Barroso and José Maria Aznar meet in Figueira da Foz. The Iberian summit is held in a mood of euphoria with public works projects announced with pomp and circumstance. Among them stands out the high-speed rail that would connect Portugal with Spain through a line Aveiro-Salamanca, another from Lisbon to Badajoz and still another from Beja to Faro and Huelva.


In the middle, more discreet, a Spanish commitment to electrify the 100 kilometers of railroad between Salamanca and Vilar Formoso. Eight years earlier, Portugal had already electrified the Beira Alta line to the border and now hoped our brothers would do their part to continue this investment.


There was nothing left of the colored scratches on the maps that marked TGV lines. The high speed has not advanced. But it was not expected that a modest investment in the conventional line, which would power the main railway linking Portugal to Europe, would also be forgotten.


Fourteen years later, a few days after the Iberian summit in Vila Real, Adif (Railway Infrastructure Manager) announced that will launch a public tender to electrify the line between Salamanca and the Fuentes de Oñoro border [ Next to Vilar Formoso).


The total investment is 95 million euros and includes a contract for the placement of poles and catenary in the amount of 45 million, plus the construction of substations (electricity distribution) and reformulation of the railway stations. It is still only the public tender, which should take until the end of the year. Then there will be 18 months of works, so at best, only in 2019 will be fulfilled the agreement of 2003.


This investment will contribute to reduce the travel times of the trains between Portugal and Spain and favor the increase of the international traffic of goods. And it improves interoperability between the two sides of the border: now the trains of CP and Medway (former CP Cargo) arriving in Vilar Formoso have to change locomotives, replacing the Portuguese electric machine with another Spanish, diesel, which Will tow the composition in Spain.


Electrification will end these operations, effectively eliminating the rail frontier itself.


As contacted by PÚBLICO, CP says that this investment "will naturally contribute to increasing the efficiency of current exploration models and will create conditions to change the current paradigm of international service between Lisbon and Madrid and Lisbon-Hendaye ". The same official source says that " links to Salamanca may occur frequently and included in the regular offer of CP ".


However, it should be noted that this situation is dependent on the evolution of the rolling stock acquisition plan and therefore the company does not commit itself to dates for this offer.


Douro and Algarve are the news of the summit


If the conclusions of the Luso-Spanish Parliamentary Forum are a harbinger of the conclusions of the summit itself, then Costa and Rajoy should announce their interest in studying the feasibility of reopening the Douro line to connect the Portugal to Spain and to build a line Faro - Huelva .


These will be the two railway news of the summit, already agreed between the deputies of the two countries in the Parliamentary Forum.


The joint document also mentions the obvious: the modernization of the Minho line, already under way to Viana do Castelo, should continue to Valencia and Vigo. And there should also be a boost to the Lisbon-Madrid connection, which, nevertheless, is still in the role between Évora and Badajoz.


Less obvious is the construction of a "rail link Aveiro - Salamanca", which in 2003 was to be a TGV, but which is now presented as a fundamental line to transport goods from the ports of Leixões and Aveiro. A first version of this project, estimated at 675 million euros, already presented by this government, was taken over by Brussels.

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https: / /www.publico.pt/2017/05/29/economia/noticia/espanha-vai-cumprir-acordo-ferroviario-com-portugal-14-anos-depois-1773746 [in portuguese]
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Old May 31st, 2017, 12:29 PM   #975
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The construction of the railway between Évora and Elvas integrated in the Sines / Caia section will begin until the end of the year and will be completed by 2020, in an investment of 600 million euros. The announcement was made this Monday by the Minister of Planning, Pedro Marques, on the sidelines of the Iberian Summit, which brought together Antonio Costa and Mariano Rajoy, leaders of the governments of Portugal and Spain, aboard a ship of the Blue Douro built in the yards Of Viana do Castelo. Pedro Marques enunciated four other investments - Porto / Vigo railroad (80 million and already running), modernization of the Beira Alta Line (600 million) with the reactivation of the Covilhã / Guarda section, completion of the A25 to the Vilar Formoso border (15 And modernization of the bridge over the Guadiana (9 million). "They are investments in the great international connections that will boost the economy of the two countries," said the minister. Works that will use "community funding" because the government has "feet on the ground".


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Minho Line

Electrification of the section Nine»Viana do Castelo

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Old June 14th, 2017, 12:21 PM   #977
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Public Polices in Railways

Very interesting document of 25 pages published by Vía Libre Técnica: Public Policies in the Railroads: The Railway Network of the Duero Region.

It is carried out by Pedro Pinto, Master in Economics from ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, and André Pires, Master in Management from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD).
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The closure of the Douro Region railway network began in 1988 with the Plano de Modernização e Reconversão dos Caminhos-de-Ferro 1988-94 (Railways Modernization and Reconversion Plan 1988-94). In the last two decades and after several strategic plans for the Portuguese railway sector, only 179 of the 578 kilometres that formed the Douro Region railway network have still commercial services.
Our investigation work has as cases studies the Douro Line and its narrowed gauge tributaries Tâmega, Corgo, Tua and Sabor Lines. The methodology is based on qualitative research and the main goal of our investigation is to understand, describe and explain the reasons that lead to the closure of the majority of these regional lines that served the Trás-os-Montes and Douro regions.
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