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Old January 21st, 2014, 03:49 AM   #141
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Line R3.

A class 447 EMU between Vic and BalenyÓ-Tona-Seva stations:


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Old January 24th, 2014, 11:39 PM   #142
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Line R2.
Passeig de GrÓcia station.


Images of the entrances to the main ticket hall, in works for the last two years.
The hall is being expanded, creating a wider space, with less stairs and more escalators and lifts.

The access to metro L3 is being adapted for the handicapped, too.

The connection between R2 and metro L2 or L4 hasn┤t been adapted, though.

It will open on January 29, 2014.

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Old January 25th, 2014, 05:33 AM   #143
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Impressive!

By the way, when new lines or extensions are about to open in Barcelona... Is the public notified and there is anticipation? Or, are they opened up one day without notice... People learn on their own.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 08:08 AM   #144
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Impressive!

By the way, when new lines or extensions are about to open in Barcelona... Is the public notified and there is anticipation? Or, are they opened up one day without notice... People learn on their own.
People are notified. Always. Ads in the press, radio, etc.
Maybe the thing doesn┤t get inaugurated if there┤s elections coming, but it┤s not a matter of one opening getting unnoticed, ever.

Sometimes, the journalists follow the works... which is as good as saying that they follow us (or more exactly, what we post on the internet).
Sometimes they do follow the works themselves though, and it┤s us the ones who follow.
And then there are the politicians and other railway bosses, and their statements, press conferences, and interviews in the media.

And it always depends on the type of works, if it┤s something underground... then there┤s little to no chance to be able to make an "inspection".

For instance, in this particular case that I┤ve just posted (Passeig de GrÓcia station on line R2), I was able to inform here at SSC (well the Spanish section anyway) not so long ago, after I discovered that one could get a glimpse of light when leaving the station bound for Sants, and seeing that works were very advanced.
Before that, no chance at all, you had to trust the journalists, who in their turn had to trust the politicians... and you know how politicians are like, sometimes...
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Old January 28th, 2014, 04:52 AM   #145
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Lines R1, R3, R4.
Barcelona-Plaša Catalunya station.


Open since 1928, sharing tunnel (but not platforms) with metro L1, it is the most used station in Barcelona.

It also has an interchange for L3 (which uses a different tunnel), and also with FGC lines L6, L7, S1, S2, S5 and S55, which use another tunnel too, and are not directly connected to this station (you have to get out into the street and cross the square).

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The eastern access to the metro ahead, on the left the way out to the Passeig de GrÓcia corner of the square:





The western Access to the metro ahead, on the right the way out to the Rambla Catalunya corner of the square:





North side corridor:





Renfe fare barriers seen from the north side corridor, inside the barriers there are the escalators and lifts towards the Renfe island platform:







South side corridor, with the Renfe ticket offices:

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Old January 28th, 2014, 05:18 AM   #146
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Lines R1, R3, R4.
Barcelona-Plaša Catalunya station.


Open since 1928, sharing tunnel (but not platforms) with metro L1, it is the most used station in Barcelona.

It also has an interchange for L3 (which uses a different tunnel), and also with FGC lines L6, L7, S1, S2, S5 and S55, which use another tunnel too, and are not directly connected to this station (you have to get out into the street and cross the square).

Pictures of the platforms.
The Renfe station has just two tracks with one island platform in the middle, while the two outer Iberian gauge, with side platforms, are those of metro L1 station, There is a point, just one, linking the metro L1 to the Renfe/Adif tracks, but it is out of use now:

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Tunnel looking towards Arc de Triomf, the track you see is the one for westbound trains (so they should be coming from the end of the image):





View of the westbound metro L1 station from the Renfe platform:





View of the station hall and a lift from the platform:





The island platform, looking towards Arc de Triomf. On the right we can tell the metro L1 platform for trains bound for Fondo:





Platform looking towards Sants. At the signals, the platform loses height, since beyond the signals the trains do not open the doors:





Beyond the signals, looking towards Sants, the platform loses height, and at the end there is an old exit towards Universitat metro station hall (for metro L1 and L2), which is closed since longtime and is used as an emergency exit:




View of the platform looking towards Arc de Triomf, with metro L1 tracks on the sides:

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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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They┤ve finally entered service today. More soon.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 03:07 AM   #148
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Line R2.
Barcelona-Passeig de GrÓcia station.


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It will reopen tomorrow. At last!
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Old January 29th, 2014, 05:46 PM   #149
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Coming from this thread:

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Hey guys. The other day I was walking along the shore line in Barcelona from Barceloneta to Zona Franca and I was wondering if it would be possible to connect Barcelona Estaciˇ de Franša with the other side of Montjuic. It would make Estaciˇ de Franša more interesting again (Like PIO in Madrid) and divert some traffic maybe of the two central routes. I would personally add Rodalies Glories as well and we'd be set for years to come. Has anyone ever seen or heard about an idea like this?

Interesting. Maybe next century...

Now, seriously, really: we have other priorities and other needs, and not a lot of money.

No other new railway tunnel is to be planned in the next decade at least inside Barcelona city, exception made of the metro extensions.

Only upgrades of the various lines and in particular, stations, some stations of the Rodalies network are not up to standards of quality, and that┤s a top priority.


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The plans are as follows (in no particular order of priority):

-finishing and opening the extension of line S1 between Terrassa-Rambla and Terrassa-Can Roca (aka Terrassa-Nacions Unides), including three new underground stations at VallparadÝs-Universitat (which will be very busy), Terrassa-Estaciˇ del Nord (connection with Rodalies Renfe line R4, and crucial point of this extension, since it is foreseen to become a major connection station), and the aforemetioned Terrassa-Can Roca.
It should be opening next year, and it is one of the reasons why class 113 EMUs are being purchased (the other is the replacement of class 111 EMUs).

-upgrade of several Rodalies Renfe stations (on all lines, R4 in particular).
The general state of the Rodalies Renfe stations has improved dramatically in many cases, in particular as far as accessibility is concerned. But there still are many stations in bad to horrible state, and they should keep up focussing on that, it┤ll only make them win new passengers.

-finishing and opening the extension of line S2 between Sabadell-Estaciˇ and Sabadell-Ca N┤Oriac, including five new underground stations: Sabadell-Estaciˇ itself (which is now in surface), Sabadell-Plaša Major (replacing the old Sabadell-Rambla station, which is in single track), Sabadell-Eix MaciÓ (commercial area), Sabadell-Nord (connection with Rodalies Renfe line R4, and just as crucial as the connection between S1 and R4 at Terrassa-Estaciˇ del Nord, this one will see hordes of passengers), and Sabadell-Ca N┤Oriac (serving a northern Sabadell quarter).

-improvements in signalling, such as the ERTMS and so on.

-double-tracking of certain parts of line R3, notably between Montcada-Ripollet and La Garriga, one of the most charged lines, due to the fact that it┤s single track and trains tend to be overcrowded as they are 3-car EMUs in most cases.

-double-tracking, wherever (and whenever) possible, of line R1 between Arenys de Mar and Blanes, which will be quite difficult, as the line follows the sea front, it┤s on the beach.

-possible opening of a much-demanded new station: Santa PerpŔtua-Can Folguera (on line R8, started but unfinished).

-not planned, but equally demanded are new stations for MontornŔs del VallŔs (on lines R2 and R8 between montmelˇ and Granollers-Centre, which is a town without station, even though it┤s crossed by the railway lilne), and Montmelˇ-Nord (on line R3, near the nothern end of said town, and also an industrial estate, and the F1 circuit).

-the opening of the never opened, unused station of PremiÓ-Nord, on line R1, is also demanded.

-maybe other things that we don┤t know yet, but overall, there are no more plans.
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It is not planned, but I would also add the opening of the unused underground station of Baricentro on line R8, finished since more than 30 years ago but without service (actually the line didn't have passenger service until 3 years ago).

If nothing strange happens, this year we'll also see the opening of Sant Andreu Comtal undergound station on line R2.
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It is not planned, but I would also add the opening of the unused underground station of Baricentro on line R8, finished since more than 30 years ago but without service (actually the line didn't have passenger service until 3 years ago).
I haven┤t mentioned Baricentro, because it┤s not sure what will happen there, as some people demand an interchange between R4 and R8, and that would mean Baricentro would be too close to be able to open.

Same goes for Volpelleres S2/Sant Cugat R8, and RubÝ R8/Hospital General S1.

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If nothing strange happens, this year we'll also see the opening of Sant Andreu Comtal undergound station on line R2.
Really? I don┤ t think so...
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Line R2.
Barcelona-Passeig de GrÓcia station.


An image from a time when line R2 didn┤t exist yet, the line between Sants and Estaciˇ de Franša wasn┤t covered nor electrified yet, and platforms were low...

Probably the connection to metro L3 existed, the way people look on the picture, but L2 and L4 didn┤t exist yet.

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Line S1.

Inside one of the new class 113 EMUs:

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


Two new class 113 EMUs and one class 111 EMU:

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Lines L6, L7, S1, S2, S5, S55.
Barcelona-Plaša Catalunya station.


One of the new class 113 EMUs, on an S2 service bound for Sabadell-Rambla:

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Line S1, S2, Vallvidrera Funicular.
Peu del Funicular station.


The Vallvidrera Funicular, open since 1906 in Barcelona city, is operated by FGC, and integrated to the VallŔs network.
It links Peu del Funicular station to the quarter of Vallvidrera, the highest of Barcelona.

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Vallvidrera Funicular.
Vallvidrera-Superior station.


The Vallvidrera Funicular, open since 1906 in Barcelona city, is operated by FGC, and integrated to the VallŔs network.
It links Peu del Funicular station to the quarter of Vallvidrera, the highest of Barcelona.

Not only is Vallvidrera a lovely quarter, but Vallvidrera-Superior station is a little Art-Nouveau jewel of a building, with fantastic views over the city:

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Vallvidrera Funicular.

On the way down from Vallvidrera-Superior to Peu del Funicular:

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Line S1, S2, Vallvidrera Funicular.
Peu del Funicular station.


The Vallvidrera Funicular, open since 1906 in Barcelona city, is operated by FGC, and integrated to the VallŔs network.
It links Peu del Funicular station to the quarter of Vallvidrera, the highest of Barcelona.

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Line S1, S2, Vallvidrera Funicular.
Peu del Funicular station.


The Vallvidrera Funicular, open since 1906 in Barcelona city, is operated by FGC, and integrated to the VallŔs network.
It links Peu del Funicular station to the quarter of Vallvidrera, the highest of Barcelona.

The railway part of the station is also peculiar, half surface, half in tunnel, with its short platforms, which make that all trains but class 111 keep one car inside the tunnel.

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