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Old August 6th, 2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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BARCELONA | Suburban rail (Rodalies Renfe & FGC)

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Barcelona has an interesting network of suburban rail, in three different gauges!!



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There are three different networks, one in a different gauge, one of them belongs to Adif and is operated by Renfe, the other two belong to the regional government and are operated by FGC.

The network has integrated tickets, wich include Barcelona Metro, Barcelona city and suburban buses, tramways, and suburban rail.

The suburban rail comprises these lines:

Rodalies Renfe, in Iberian broad gauge (1,668mm). Comprises the following lines:

-R1: Molins de Rei-L┤Hospitalet-Barcelona Sants-Barcelona Plaša Catalunya-Barcelona Arc de Triomf-Barcelona El Clot Aragˇ-Matarˇ-Calella-Blanes-Mašanet Massanes

-R2: Sant Vicenš de Calders-Vilanova i la Geltr˙-Castelldefels-Barcelona Sants-Barcelona Passeig de GrÓcia-Barcelona El Clot Aragˇ-Granollers Centre-Sant Celoni-Mašanet Massanes (with a branch between Barcelona Passeig de GrÓcia and Barcelona Estaciˇ de Franša)

-R3: L┤Hospitalet de Llobregat-Barcelona Sants-Barcelona Plaša Catalunya-Barcelona Arc de Triomf-Barcelona Sant Andreu Arenal-Montcada Bifurcaciˇ-Granollers Canovelles-La Garriga-Vic

-R4: Sant Vicenš de Calders-Vilafranca del PenedŔs-Martorell-Castellbisbal-Molins de Rei-L┤Hospitalet de Llobregat-Barcelona Sants-Barcelona Plaša Catalunya-Barcelona Arc de Triomf-Barcelona Sant Andreu Arenal-Montcada Bifurcaciˇ-Cerdanyola del VallŔs-Terrassa-Manresa

-R7: Barcelona Sant Andreu Arenal-Montcada Bifurcaciˇ-Cerdanyola del VallŔs-Cerdanyola Universitat

-R8: Martorell-Castellbisbal-Cerdanyola Universitat-Mollet Sant Fost-Granollers Centre. This is the only non-radial line, at the moment.


FGC, VallŔs line, this network is in standard gauge (1,435 mm). Comprises the following lines:

-L6: Barcelona Plaša Catalunya-GrÓcia-SarriÓ-Reina Elisenda. This is an entirely urban line, almost like a metro.

-L7: Barcelona Plaša Catalunya-GrÓcia-Avinguda Tibidabo. This is an entirely urban line, almost like a metro.

-S1: Barcelona Plaša Catalunya-GrÓcia-SarriÓ-Sant Cugat-RubÝ-Terrassa Rambla. This line is currently being extended further north into Terrassa.

-S2: Barcelona Plaša Catalunya-GrÓcia-SarriÓ-Sant Cugat-Universitat Aut˛noma-Sabadell Rambla. This line is currently being extended further north into Sabadell.

-S5: Barcelona Plaša Catalunya-GrÓcia-SarriÓ-Sant Cugat-RubÝ. This is just a peak-hour expanded service of line S1.

-S55: Barcelona Plaša Catalunya-GrÓcia-SarriÓ-Sant Cugat-Universitat Aut˛noma. This is just a peak-hour expanded service of line S2.

-There is also the Vallvidrera funicular, linking Peu del Funicular (on lines S1 and S2) station to the upper part of the Vallvidrera quarter. It is integrated to the VallŔs network and operated by FGC as such.


FGC, Llobregat line, this network is in metric gauge (1,000 mm). Comprises the following lines:

-L8: Barcelona Plaša Espanya-MolÝ Nou Ciutat Cooperativa. This is an entirely urban line, almost like a metro.

-S33: Barcelona Plaša Espanya-MolÝ Nou Ciutat Cooperativa-Can Ros. This is just a peak-hour expanded service of line L8.

-S4: Barcelona Plaša Espanya-MolÝ Nou Ciutat Cooperativa-Can Ros-Martorell Enllaš-Olesa de Montserrat. This is the extension of some S8 services to Olesa de Montserrat.

-S8: Barcelona Plaša Espanya-MolÝ Nou Ciutat Cooperativa-Can Ros-Martorell Enllaš

-R5: Barcelona Plaša Espanya-MolÝ Nou Ciutat Cooperativa-Can Ros-Martorell Enllaš-Olesa de Montserrat-Monistrol de Montserrat-Manresa Baixador. R50 services are express versions of the R5 services only at peak hours.

-R6: Barcelona Plaša Espanya-MolÝ Nou Ciutat Cooperativa-Can Ros-Martorell Enllaš-Igualada. R60 services are express versions of the R6 services only at peak hours.

-There is also the Montserrat rack railway, linking Monistrol de Montserrat station (on line R5) to the Montserrat Abbey, where there are two funiculars, the Sant Joan funicular (leading up to the top of the mountain), and the Santa Cova funicular (leading down to the cave where the image of Virgin Mary was found), all operated by FGC, but not integrated to the metropolitan fare system.

-And there is also the Montserrat aerial cable car, linking Montserrat to Montserrat-Aeri FGC station, located on line R5, and not operated by FGC nor integrated to the metropolitan fare system.

-And finally, there is the Olesa-Esparreguera aerial cable car, linking Olesa de Montserrat station (on line R5) to Esparreguera (a town across the river), operated by FGC and integrated to the metropolitan fare system, but its service has been suspended for budgetary reasons. Its future is unclear.

-Then, there is the Gelida funicular too, operated by FGC, but not integrated to the metropolitan fare system, and linking Gelida Rodalies Renfe station (line R4) to the town center (up the hill), but its service has been cut, and now it only runs on weekends and particular dates. Its future is unclear too.
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And to start...

Line R1.
Between Sant Pol de Mar and Calella stations. A coupling of two 447 EMUs, in 2003.
Line R1 follows the sea front for many kilometers, and it gets horribly busy in summer.
It is in single track between Arenys de Mar and Mašanet-Massanes, as you can see.



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Lines S1, S2.
Les Planes station.


This is one of the hidden railway small gems of Barcelona.
A small, Art-Nouveau station in the most hidden quarter of the city:



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A 112 EMU bound for Sabadell or Terrassa.
The whole VallŔs FGC network has high, step-free platforms:



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Lines S4, R5, R50.
Abrera station.



The station building seen from the street.


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An 213 EMU bound for Barcelona Plaša Espanya.
On the Llobregat FGC network, trains have low platforms.


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Line R1.
Sant Pol de Mar station.

Like many stations on this line, it┤s on the beach:



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thaaaank you....awesome system....
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News:

Renfe will extend some R1 services that have their current terminus at Matarˇ to Arenys de Mar, to try and relieve the overcrowding on R1 trains bound for Calella, Blanes or Mašanet-Massanes.
It┤s not posible to extend these services any further north than Arenys de Mar, because north of Arenys de Mar the line is not double-tracked yet.

The picture below shows Plaša Catalunya Renfe station at peak hour (sweaty as can be ), with people boarding a R1 train bound for Blanes:

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Source (in Spanish) and picture : http://www.lavanguardia.com/local/ma...ys-de-mar.html
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Lines R1, R2, R3, R4.
Barcelona-Sants station
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Sometimes images like these can be seen on platforms 7 and 8 (the ones used by R1, R3 and R4 trains).
When this happens, it means that there are delays in one or more of the three lines.
The usual regular highest frequency is a train every three minutes (but not all of the slots are used, not even during the rush hour).
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Lines R1, R4.
CornellÓ de Llobregat station.

A class 465 EMU leaving CornellÓ station, possibly on an R1 service bound for Matarˇ.
The station is in hindsight, right at the end of the viaduct, and it is an important interchange between Rodalies (R1 and R4), Metro (L5), and tramway (T1 and T2).



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Mašanet-Massanes.




Sant Vicenš de Calders.



Barcelona-Sants.





Barcelona-Arc de Triomf.




Sant AdriÓ de Bes˛s.




Blanes.



Malgrat de Mar.



Santa Susanna.










L'Hospitalet de Llobregat.




Inside the Civia train.


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Lines S1, S2.
La Floresta station.

One of the brand new class 113 trains, entering the station, during some test runs.



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Montserrat rack railway (Cremallera de Montserrat).
Monistrol-Vila station.

The Montserrat rack railway opened in 1892, and it was a steam rack railway.
It closed in 1957, after a ridership drop due to a terrible accident in 1953.
It reopened in 2003 (and electrified), and has since recovered its popularity (loads of tourists use it).

It┤s not integrated to the metropolitan fare system.

Monistrol-Vila station is the only intermediate station between Monistrol de Montserrat and Montserrat.

We can see a Stadtler train entering the station on a service bound for Monistrol de Montserrat.



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Line R1.
Between Cabrera de Mar-Vilassar de Mar and Matarˇ stations.

Line R1 is the oldest railway in Spain, built in 1848, all along the Mediterranean sea.
That was cheap, back then, but it┤s become a problem over the years, since the line is fragile, and it is very very difficult to increase capacity (which is needed).

This is an excellent, and very unusual video.

It shows the fight of Renfe staff against the worst enemy of line R1: gale.
Gale can cut the service on line R1 completely, making it a mess in the rush hour.

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Barcelona has great urban infrastructure and big urban railway network. Everything is very nice and very comfortable like all the infrstructure in Spain!
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Lines R2, R8.
Mollet-Sant Fost station.

This station serves mainly the east side of Mollet del VallŔs, as well as the town of Sant Fost de Campsentelles.

It┤s the junction between lines R2 and R8.
It┤s also one of the busiest stations of the north side of line R2.

The station needs an upgrade.



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The fare barriers:



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A class 450 double-decker EMU on a southbound R2 service.



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General view of the station, looking northbound, towards Granollers-Centre and Girona.
On the left, we can see the motorway C-17, which passes nearly under the station building, and the buildings of Mollet del VallŔs.
On the left there┤s the park & ride.
Note that there┤s a foot level crossing between the two platforms.



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Great thread. I spend a few months on Barcelona in 2006 and the rides on the Rodalies was one of the most enjoyable aspect of that time.
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Lines S1, S2, S5, S55.
Sant Cugat station.

This is the junction between the Terrassa and Sabadell branches of the FGC VallŔs line.



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A class 112 train arriving from Terrassa on a S1 service bound for Barcelona-Plaša Catalunya:



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Lines R5, R6, S4, S8.
Martorell Vila-Castellbisbal station.

But where is the station?
It is right after the sharp bend that goes under the A-2 motorway, you can tell the roof of the station building, and the end of the platforms under the A-2 viaduct.
Right on top of the medieval bridge you can tell three more rail bridges, the first one with a class 447 EMU passing by, probably on a Rodalies R4 service.
The second one is the Llobregat FGC line, which has another sharp bend to get to Martorell-Central station.
And the third one is the HSL Madrid-Barcelona (for high speed trains).

The picture has been taken from the AP-7 viaduct:



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Line R3.
BalenyÓ-Tona-Seva station.

Two class 447 EMUs crossing at the station, on a snowy day of 2009.
Line R3 is not double-tracked yet.

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