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Old December 11th, 2013, 08:19 PM   #2001
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Actually what will be the main benefits of this upgrading work? Significant reduction in travel time between Sevilla and Cadiz?
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Capacity for more trains?
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New suburban services perhaps?
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Old December 11th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #2002
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And to be finished next year if I remember correctly our previous discussion.

I'll probably check it out some day. Flight from Basel to Sevilla are very cheap (<100 euros return) and I've never been to Cadiz.
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Old December 11th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #2003
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And to be finished next year if I remember correctly our previous discussion.
Indeed. It won´t be very long till the whole line is finally double-tracked.

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I'll probably check it out some day. Flight from Basel to Sevilla are very cheap (<100 euros return) and I've never been to Cadiz.
Cadiz is the city that ressembles Havanna the most (although it´s very much itself, it has a very strong personality). Worth the trip indeed.

If I were you, I´d try the whole thing by train. The variety of landscapes from Basel to Cadiz through the different HSLs is fantastic.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 01:36 AM   #2004
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And from next Sunday it will be even easier to get to Spain by HST. Go from Basel to Geneva by SBB, then hop on a Lyria train to Nimes or Montpellier, and pick a AVE or TGV to bring you further to Spain.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 08:07 AM   #2005
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That would be an epic journey, but a tough sell to my girlfriend

Besides I'm quite pragmatic as far as travel is concerned. I like trains the best, but if it makes more sense to fly or drive I do that.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 09:07 AM   #2006
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Furthermore I would encourage you to take one way to go and return in another way. There are several lines and you will enjoy different landscapes
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How fast will trains go on the new Santiago - Vigo line? It looks like, by the earthworks in Google Earth, the minimum curve radius will be around 1000~1500m.
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How fast will trains go on the new Santiago - Vigo line? It looks like, by the earthworks in Google Earth, the minimum curve radius will be around 1000~1500m.
200/220 km/h as top speed.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 11:48 PM   #2009
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I have read this article in the English version of El Pais newspaper




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WWII ESPIONAGE
‘Casablanca’ in the Pyrenees
A hub for spies and refugees during the Second World War, Canfranc station is the subject of two new documentaries

There were Allied spies. There were German informants, Gestapo officers, and snitches for Marshall Petain’s France and the local police. There were bars, full of cigarette smoke and furtive glances, where people met up in search of information or false passports to cross the border. As a key crossing point for goods in the middle of World War II, the town was a hub for smugglers, as well as home to one legendary charmer who used his savoir faire to pull the strings of an intricate espionage network.


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http://elpais.com/elpais/2013/12/16/...22_734284.html
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Old December 16th, 2013, 11:51 PM   #2010
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Old December 18th, 2013, 04:33 AM   #2011
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Santiago-Vigo line.

River Ulla viaduct.

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Old December 19th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #2012
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Seville-Cádiz line.
Section Utrera-Lebrija.
Double-tracking and upgrade works.
Does this line has the Anche Ibérico?
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Does this line has the Anche Ibérico?
Iberian gauge.
To be changed to standard gauge some time in the maybe-not-so-distant future.
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2 Renfe Class 333.3 pull a cement train from Galicia to the cement factory in Toral de los Vados (León) by the Sil valley.
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 05:36 PM   #2015
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as new TGV/AVE services to France have been introduced, does Elipsos Trenhotel still operate, or it is history now? i see that on www.elipsos.com they have infomration about new TGV/AVE lines only.
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Elipsos trains have been discontinued.
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Elipsos trains have been discontinued.
Not sure if it was a wise decision. Actually the new faster track would have created an opportunity to introduce a "new generation" faster night train with the travel time between Paris and Barcelona... well, certainly not 6½ hours like TGV/RENFE Alta Velocidad, but e.g. nine hours. A good option to depart around 22:00 in the evening, to sleep just the right amount of time of and arrive in the morning around 7:00 AM. Until recently the travel time used to be approx. 12 hours, so right now for some people it would have been an ideal connection, if it took 9 hours.
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Santiago-Vigo line.
Vilagarcía de Arousa station.


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Do you have a map which shows how the future route from Vigo to Santiago differs from the one before improvement works started? There is a partial description on Adif site, but no map...
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Do you have a map which shows how the future route from Vigo to Santiago differs from the one before improvement works started? There is a partial description on Adif site, but no map...
Give me time, I´ll have to search, but I´m a bit busy right now.
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