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Old June 29th, 2015, 08:09 PM   #281
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Line R2 | Aeroport station.

Bad news here.

Adif has de-electrified platform 2, and they've built a provisory platform on top of it.
From now on, only platform 1 will have trains.

I guess this is made with good will, to allow one platform to alight only and another to board only.

But that would not be necessary if people (all nationalities) stopped behaving like livestock and waited all along the platform instead of cramming themselves together at the sector of the platform that's closer to the fare barriers...
This leads to having one half of the train overcrowded and the other half-empty, which is ridiculous.

I just cross fingers. In case a train went broke at this station, there would be chaos, while until now they could use platform 2.

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Old June 29th, 2015, 08:53 PM   #282
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Pictures taken by me today.
I work at BCN Airport.
This is not good news for us!
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Old June 29th, 2015, 09:18 PM   #283
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Pictures taken by me today.
I work at BCN Airport.
This is not good news for us!
Why is it bad news? Since only one train can run the railway, surely there is no need for a second platform?
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Old July 5th, 2015, 12:23 AM   #284
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Line S1 | Terrassa extension.

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News!!

We have a (provisory) date!!
The current opening date of the Terrassa extension is July 30, 2015. Still subject to change, though.

This extension will stretch line S1 from the current terminus at Terrassa-Rambla to three new stations: VallparadÝs-Universitats, Terrassa-Estaciˇ del Nord (connection to Rodalies line R4) and Terrassa-Nacions Unides.
Definitive date: It will finally open on July 29, 2015.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 06:54 PM   #285
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NEWS | Studies for flyovers and diveunders at Montcada to start soon.

These studies will probably lead to the construction of a diveunder at the north side of Montcada Bifurcaciˇ station, to improve the regularity on lines R3, R4 and R7, as that would avoid conflicting trains. This diveunder is rather badly needed, since line R3 is one of the major sources of delays in the Plaša Catalunya tunnel, as it has nearly all of its route in single track and has a rather bad regularity.

The studies would also probably lead to the construction of a flyover at La Trinitat junction, between Montcada i Reixac and Sant Andreu Comtal stations on line R2, where a branch between that junction and Montcada Bifurcaciˇ station diverges from line R2. This leads to conflict when a train coming from the Montcada Bifurcaciˇ depot enters line R2 (or the other way around, when a train leaving line R2 goes to the depot), but it also leads to conflict if lines R3 or R4 are to be diverted to the Passeig de GrÓcia tunnel, due to some incident or ongoing works, which is something that happens from time to time. Besides, some plans suggest that line R3 or line R4 could be permanently diverted to Passeig de GrÓcia tunnel in a hypothetical future revamping of the Rodalies routes to search for further capacity, although this is uncertain for now.
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Pics of the FGC extension in Terrassa by Bernat BorrÓs: http://www.trenscat.com/metrovalles/...150710_ct.html
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Old July 12th, 2015, 11:16 PM   #287
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I like the width of the platforms.

It is expected that with this extension, the line will win 5.5 million new passengers in one year.

I guess that Rodalies line R4 should also win some new passengers, although I'm not sure wether it could lose some of them to line S1 or not, since from now on, both lines will be offering similar travel times between Terrassa and Barcelona.
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Old July 18th, 2015, 12:33 AM   #288
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NEWS | FGC class 213 EMUs being renovated.

Class 213 EMUs are being rennovated.
They are to be found on FGC lines L8, S33, S4, S8, R5 and R6.

This new livery reminds me a bit of class MI 79 and MI 84 from the RER in Paris.

Images taken at Barcelona-Plaša Espanya station.

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Old July 22nd, 2015, 03:57 PM   #289
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FGC refurbishes Barcelona suburban EMUs
Wednesday, July 22, 2015





CATALONIA Government Railways (FGC) is to refurbish 42 class 213 EMUs used on the Llobregat - Anoia line following the presentation of the first upgraded set to Catalonia's minister for regional policy Mr Santi Vila

Overhaul work includes replacing upholstering with more resilient materials and incorporating a contemporary design that matches other FGC vehicles. The trains will also be fitted with new interior LED lighting, improved toilets, and new external and internal livery. This will enhance protection against graffiti and provide clearer markings for doors and reserved seating areas, while the table tops between seats will be reserved for information and advertising

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Now they also need WiFi inside the trains, because there is WiFi in many FGC stations!
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Old July 28th, 2015, 01:22 AM   #291
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Line S1 | Terrassa extension.

Tomorrow will open the new FGC extension between Terrassa-Rambla and Terrassa-Nacions Unides stations.

With that, a frequent connection between FGC line S1 and Rodalies Renfe line R4 will be possible at last at Terrassa-Estaciˇ del Nord station.

Here's a cab ride between Terrassa-Nacions Unides and Terrassa-Rambla, during a test run:

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Work starts on new Barcelona airport rail link
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THE Spanish Ministry of Public Works and Transport has launched construction of a new branch designed to improve connectivity between El Prat airport and the Barcelona suburban network

Construction of the 4.5km line branch will serve both airport terminals will take three years to complete and includes a 3.8km tunnel beneath one of the airport's runways.

The €286m civil works contract was awarded as long ago as 2010 to construction companies Copcisa, Ferrovial and Sacyy, but the project was put on hold shortly afterwards due to budgetary constraints. Construction of the superstructure and operation of the branch will be tendered later in a separate concession contract

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In other words, no such works have started (they're scheduled for October at the very least). It was all electoralism.

On the other hand, in a few hours the FGC line S1 extension at Terrassa will open.
Only three new stations, but a big improvement in connectivity.
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Congratulations Barcelona on new extension to Terrassa! Map from urbanrail.net:
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Some photos from opening:
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Work is also nearing completion on another addition to FGC's Barcelona - VallÚs line with the 4,4km five-station extension of Line S2 beneath Sabadell due to open next year.

In addition, FGC is also planning a 4.1km extension of its Llobregat - Anoia metre-gauge suburban line from its current Barcelona terminus at Plaša de Espanya beneath the city's central Eixample district to GrÓcia
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Thanks!!
I go to visit all the new stations today at 9pm.
I will take hundreds of photos!!
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Line S1 | Terrassa extension.

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I went today to have a quick look (but will leave Bitxofo with the honour of showing pics). What I did not find was an inbuilding connection between Rodalies and FGC at Adif Terrassa. I am sure there must be but for some reason I did not find it. It was probably directly left at the exit gates of Rodallies Renfe but I)doubted and got out instead. The upside was I got to sit down and have a quick beer.
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You probably went the wrong way then.

There is one indeed.
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