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Old October 30th, 2013, 04:57 PM   #101
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Lines L6, L7, S1, S2, S5, S55.
Provenša station.


It gets so overcrowded at the morning rush hour, that they┤ve put platform screen doors on the part of the north-bound platform that is closer to the access to the metro.
Do you have pictures of these??
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Lines L6, L7, S1, S2, S5, S55.
Provenša station.


Photos of the platform screen doors.

They┤re only in use during the morning rush hour, the rest of the day they┤re open.
They┤re only in the northern half of the north-bound platform.


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The pictures were taken off-peak.

The reason why they were installed is that the northern access to the north-bound platform is also the access to metro L3 and L5.
L5 passengers come from Sants, El Clot-Aragˇ (in this case, by changing from L2 to L5 at Sagrada Familia), and Sagrera-Meridiana stations, so for many people who change from Rodalies to FGC this station is the best option, so the northern side of the platform gets overcrowded.

Due to lack of space, the platforms can┤t be widened, and it┤s also rather difficult to lenghten them.
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Lines L8, S33, S4, S8, R5, R6.
Barcelona-Plaša Espanya station.


One of the busiest railway termini at Barcelona.
Open since 1926 (thus, the oldest underground railway station in Barcelona).
It was massively upgraded in the late 1990s, with the addition of two more platforms.
Interchange for metro L1 and L3.

Passenger hall, as you enter from the street:

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Corridor towards the metro, straight into L1 station:

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The old 1926 bay platforms, now platforms 1 and 2:

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The new 1990s platforms, numbered 3 and 4. In the future, the line could be extended towards somewhere more in the centre, thus they would become through platforms:

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Lines L8, S33, S4, S8, R5, R6.
Sant Boi station.


This station is very well served, with near-metro-like frequencies.
It has a small depot on the north side.

Old station building (now FGC technical facilities):

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Current station entrance (ticket hall under the platforms), and fare barriers:

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Sign:

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Platforms, looking towards Barcelona (with a very narrow bend to the left):

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Platforms, looking towards Martorell, Manresa and Igualada (with the small depot on the left):

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Trains (plus one fright train for the Barcelona port):

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Lines L8, S33, S4, S8, R5, R6.
MolÝ Nou-Ciutat Cooperativa station.


This is the terminus for L8 services, and it serves a high density quarter of Sant Boi.
The station was completely upgraded in the 2000s, when the line was double-tracked till Olesa de Montserrat.
The upgrade included a new reversing loop on the north side of the station.


Station building (including an overpass to avoid crossing a road):

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Signs (some indicating the direction of the train with blinking lights):

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Platforms and tracks, looking towards Barcelona:

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Platforms and tracks, looking towards Martorell, Manresa and Igualada (including the reversing loop):

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Line L6.
Reina Elisenda station.


Open since 1976, and current terminus of L6, which at peak hours exists only in the form of a shuttle from SarriÓ station, while off-peak trains run till Barcelona-Plaša Catalunya.

Only urban services run till here, although there┤s a vague plan to expand this line L6 further south, and out of Barcelona city.

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Line L7.
Avinguda Tibidabo station.


Two side (short) platforms, just one track.
The station opened in 1954, and it is, as it can be seen on the pictures, the terminus for L7 services, which are urban.

Only class 111 (three coaches) trains can enter here, class 112 can┤t, since this line has narrow gauge (and no, not even TMB metro trains could enter here, and FGC had some ex-TMB trains running through its network in the 1980s, and they couldn┤t enter this line), and class 112 have four coaches.

The new class 113 won┤t be able to run on this line, either...

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Lines L6, S1, S2, S5, S55.
SarriÓ station.


Open since 1863, but underground since the 1970s, it has three island platforms and four tracks, and it is the junction for the Reina Elisenda branch.
It will be upgraded very soon, it seems, and it needs it, since in the future metro L9 and L10 will arrive here, turning it into one of the busiest interchange stations in Barcelona.

View towards Barcelona-Plaša Catalunya.
The two tracks on the right are used only by L6 services to/from Reina Elisenda, all the other trains use the two tracks on the left
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At the end of the platform there is an underpass that links the two platforms in the extremes, but not the central. That┤s for passengers coming from Reina Elisenda who change to the other line north-bound services:

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Lines L6, L7, S1, S2, S5, S55.
Provenša station.


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Lines S1, S2, S5, S55.
Between SarriÓ and Peu del Funicular.

This is the steepest gradient on classic rail in Spain, with 46mm.
You only need to look at the house on the left to realise how steep it is.

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Lines R2, R8.
Mollet- Sant Fost station.


The station building, seen from the street and from the platforms:

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Tracks towards Granollers-Centre, Sant Celoni, Mašanet-Massanes, Girona and France:

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Tracks towards Barcelona (the two central ones), and Cerdanyola-Universitat (the one with the steep gradient flyover on the left, and the one that diverges to the right just after passing under the bridge):

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On the bay platform there are two draisines, apparently abandoned:

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Line R3.
Mollet-Santa Rosa station.


The other station at Mollet, which serves the north of the town, on the single-track R3, is a little less well served.

It┤s also much more "railway-y", though that also means that it needs an upgrade.
The tracks are in bad state, and there┤s no underpass at all, only a foot level crossing, and a road level crossing.
The platforms are at the standard height of 68cm, though.

And the station building looks tons better than the one at Mollet-Sant Fost.

Station building, seen from the street and from the platforms:

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Hall, with ticket machines. No fare barriers here, just the machine to validate them:

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Tracks and platforms, looking towards Granollers-Canovelles, La Garriga, Vic, and France, with a narrow bend to the right:

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Tracks and platforms, looking towards Barcelona:

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On the last two pictures you┤ve seen an electrified track diverging right and up the hill, with some workers inspecting something.
That┤s currently the access to the Alstom factory, but in the past it was the start of the Caldes de Montbui branch, which was closed as soon as 1932.
It would be very useful nowadays, but back then, it wasn┤t. Pity
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Lines R3, R4, R7.
Montcada-Bifurcaciˇ station.


The first station outside Barcelona city on these three lines.

Friendly known as "Bifurca", it┤s one of the best stations to spot trains. And it┤s also a depot.
After dark, not so friendly, and the quarter it serves, even less.

The station also sees some regional rail service, and a little freight coming from the Manresa and Vic lines, which use it to reverse to reach Cerdanyola-Universitat station, since freight trains can┤t go beyond this point into Barcelona city in normal conditions, since the lines are too busy with passenger trains.

The station itself is in need of upgrade, it has low platforms except for part of the north bound platform (so long trains leave half the train in the low platform anyway).
These low platforms make things particularly difficult for R7 passengers here, since that line is used almost only by 465 EMUs, which are ill-adapted to low platforms.

The station has underpasses, but they aren┤t adapted for the handicapped.

The main entrance is on the other side of the sidings, and leads you straight into the long underpass towards the platforms, which is a bit creepy at night.
The old station building has the car parking next, and is now the secondary entrance.

Approaching the current and nameless station entrance. Note the poles next to the depot building, they┤re survivors of the original 1928 electrification (hence a rarity):

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The main station entrance and hall, with the ticket machines.
I┤ve seen uglier, but not much more
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The old station building, now used as a waiting room (can┤t remember if it keeps a ticket machine for the people arriving by car):

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Platforms and tracks looking towards Barcelona. On the first picture, the three tracks diverging to the left are a technical branch for Sant Andreu Comtal station and depot, while the two tracks entering a tunnel are the main line ones for Sant Andreu Arenal, Plaša Catalunya and Sants:

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Platforms and tracks looking towards Cerdanyola-Universitat, Terrassa and Manresa (for lines R4 and R7), and PuigcerdÓ (for line R3, which diverges left right after the yellow draisine in the picture just below):

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The depot:

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A draisine and a class 310 loco (used at depots and main freight terminals):

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Lines R4, R8.
Martorell station (also known as "Martorell-Renfe").


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Lines S4, S8, R5, R6.
Martorell-Central station.


One of the three best places for trainspotting around Barcelona, if not the best.

On the left, Martorell-Central station (FGC, metric gauge), on the right Martorell station (Adif/Renfe, Iberian gauge):

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This two door-by-door stations have become in recent times one of the main interchange stations outside Barcelona, at the center of a "star" of six lines, but not so long ago, the FGC station was closed, and FGC was using it just for some freight trains (still does, by the way), but no passenger at all.

In fact, Martorell-Central station is rather old, it opened in 1893 as the terminus of the Martorell to Igualada metric gauge line, which linked here with the Iberian gauge main line. The Barcelona to Tarragona main line station in Martorell, in its turn, had opened earlier, in 1859.

As time went by, the narrow gauge line built its own line to Barcelona, but from another station, so Martorell-Central became a rather secondary branch line. It ended up closing for passenger service in the 1980s, already under FGC.

But much more recently, the arrival of the Madrid-Barcelona HSL (which took over the main line platform and a viaduct over river Llobregat between Martorell-Enllaš and Martorell-Vila), and the development plans by FGC including double-tracking, meant that the old spur to Martorell-Central came back to life and became the main line again, since a new section between here and Martorell-Vila, including a new viaduct over the Llobregat was built.

And Martorell-Central station was completely reconstructed.

That has worked wonders for the FGC line and the two stations.
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Lines R4, R8.
Martorell station.


This is the terminus for some R4 services, and also for all the R8 services.
The station was upgraded some time ago, and it is in good state (standard height platforms, underpass, lift).
It has the two main platforms for through services, a loop platform, and three bay platforms.
The station is right at the exit of a tunnel.

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Lines R4, R8.
Martorell station.


Trains (all class 447 EMUs):

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Lines S4, S8, R5, R6.
Martorell-Central station.


Totally reconstructed a few years ago (something that made it a through station, when historically this was a terminus), it has an island platform, escalator and lift.
It has a more frequent service than its neighbour Martorell Rodalies Renfe station.


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The FGC station seen from the Rodalies Renfe station:

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Lines S4, S8, R5, R6.
Martorell-Central station.


A class 213 EMU waiting to enter service:

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