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Old December 22nd, 2013, 11:27 PM   #2021
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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.
The high speed tracks in France are shut down late in the night for maintenance and cost-saving.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 12:17 AM   #2023
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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.

Not to mention London to Barcelona or Madrid.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 12:57 AM   #2024
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Barcelona-Granollers Centre-Maçanet Massanes-Girona-Figueres-Portbou/Cerbère line.
Portbou station.


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Station entrance. You enter through the underpass after climbing a long flight of stairs:









Station hall:





Standard gauge tracks and platforms for Sncf passenger trains:











The dead-end, single-track tunnel on the left is in standard gauge, and it´s the end of the line coming from Narbonne, Perpignan and Cerbère.
The double-track tunnel on the right is the main line for Barcelona
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Old international freight facility, long time abandoned (they were replaced by other more modern facilities):





Signal:





At platform 1, a class 447 EMU, waiting to depart for Barcelona-Sants, and a beautiful mop:

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Old December 23rd, 2013, 01:05 AM   #2025
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Barcelona-Granollers Centre-Maçanet Massanes-Girona-Figueres-Portbou/Cerbère line.
Portbou station.


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Tracks looking towards Cerbère (with the gauge-change machine, out of use since a few days ago, when the direct TGV/AVE service between Spain and France started operating):





Tracks looking towards Figueres, Girona and Barcelona:







Rail yards:





The magnificent Portbou trainshed:









Old milepost:





A few panoramic pictures:







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Old December 23rd, 2013, 01:06 AM   #2026
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Barcelona-Granollers Centre-Maçanet Massanes-Girona-Figueres-Portbou/Cerbère line.
Portbou station.


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Old December 23rd, 2013, 02:00 AM   #2027
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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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Don´t mention.

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Old December 23rd, 2013, 04:55 PM   #2028
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Great! Maybe others are different, but when discussing building of new railways or highways I need a map to really understand what is going on.

In this case there is more new alignment than I thought - visually looks at least 2/3. What will happen to the old route particularly on sections where it differs a lot from the new one?

There have been many updates about the Ulla river viaduct here, but I don't recall any about Madroa tunnel. Has it been dug already or not yet?
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 06:37 PM   #2029
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 06:48 PM   #2030
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Great! Maybe others are different, but when discussing building of new railways or highways I need a map to really understand what is going on.

In this case there is more new alignment than I thought - visually looks at least 2/3. What will happen to the old route particularly on sections where it differs a lot from the new one?
Good question.

It happens that both Pontevedra and Corunna provinces have been demanding a Cercanías service (commuter rail) for long, and with a good reason (the area is not unpopulated, and some less populated provinces already have a Cercanías).

Some parts of the old alignments could be reopened, but probably not all of them.

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There have been many updates about the Ulla river viaduct here, but I don't recall any about Madroa tunnel. Has it been dug already or not yet?
Oh, it was finished long ago. They´re just waiting to finish the reconstruction of Vigo-Urzaiz station to start laying the rails and wires and connect it.
Without Vigo-Urzaiz, that tunnel is useless.
I just don´t post them because no one posts them on the Spanish forum (I live 1000km away from Galicia)...
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Ponferrada-Villablino line.

The line has seen no traffic for more than a year now, although it´s not officially closed.

Pictures from Summer 2009.

Cuevas del Sil station, with loco 1002:

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Palacios del Sil station:

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Oh, it was finished long ago. They´re just waiting to finish the reconstruction of Vigo-Urzaiz station to start laying the rails and wires and connect it.
Without Vigo-Urzaiz, that tunnel is useless.
I just don´t post them because no one posts them on the Spanish forum (I live 1000km away from Galicia)...
Good to know. Maybe those Spanish posters living in Galicia are also in love with the Ulla river viaduct. It certainly provides more opportunity for artsy photos
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Good to know. Maybe those Spanish posters living in Galicia are also in love with the Ulla river viaduct. It certainly provides more opportunity for artsy photos
Well, such a viaduct is certainly more photogenic than a simple tunnel, long as it might be.
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Barcelona-Mataró-Blanes-Maçanet Massanes line.

The oldest railway line in Spain (Barcelona to Mataró opened in 1848).

Back cab ride on the Estrella Costa Brava, when it still went from Madrid to Cerbère.
With the start of the Spain-France AVE/TGV services, this night train has been limited to Madrid to Barcelona.

During the last years of service, it went to Cerbère via Mataró, calling at Mataró, Arenys de Mar, Calella and Blanes:

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Santiago-Vigo line.

River Ulla viaduct (part 1, looking towards Vilagarcía, Pontevedra, and Vigo).

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Santiago-Vigo line.

River Ulla viaduct (part 2, looking towards Santiago and Corunna).

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Old December 25th, 2013, 03:01 AM   #2037
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Spain has a great rail network. Too bad it is a little too great. :/
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Back cab ride, from Linares-Baeza to Granada on the Talgo Trenhotel 00897 Barcelona-Granada.

Full non-stop ride, uncut (and featuring some guest window-cleaning ):



Stations and other interesting features:

0:00:00 Linares-Baeza station (departure, the train comes from Barcelona via Tarragona, Valencia, Albacete, Alcázar de San Juan)
0:05:10 the main line to Córdoba, Seville and Cadiz diverges to the left.
0:09:51 Torreblascopedro station (closed)
0:15:52 Begíjar station
0:19:12 Garcíez-Jimena station (closed)
0:26:24 Jódar-Úbeda station
0:31:18 Los Propios-Cazorla station
0:37:43 Quesada station (closed)
0:42:22 Arroyo Salado viaduct (one of the most spectacular in Spain)
0:44:57 Larva station
0:55:36 Huesa station
1:05:23 Cabra del Santo Cristo-Alicún station ("Cabra del Santo Cristo" means "Goat of The Holy Christ", while "Alicún" means... "Alicún" )
1:07:52 Huelma station (closed)
1:11:57 Guadahortuna viaduct (another of the most spectacular in Spain)
1:12:33 Alamedilla-Guadahortuna station
1:20:00 Pedro Martínez station (the village is called thus)
1:25:48 <from this point on, start of the occasional window cleaning, sorry for the inconvenience>
1:29:48 Moreda station
1:30:10 the line to Almería diverges to the right
1:30:46 from the right converges the Moreda by-pass, allowing non-reversal at Moreda for trains to/from Almería
1:33:45 Bogarre station (closed and totally demolished)
1:37:06 Píñar station
1:46:13 Iznalloz station
1:52:25 Deifontes station
1:58:06 Calicasas station (closed)
2:04:08 Albolote station
2:06:06 the line crosses Maracena (a Granada suburb), on the right we can see the new Granada metro-tramway depot.
2:08:00 to the right diverges the access to the Granada railway depot.
2:09:00 the train halts, closed signal before entering Granada station.
2:10:52 the line from Antequera and Bobadilla converges from the left, as we enter Granada station.
2:12:00 Granada station (arrival, end of the line)

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Old December 25th, 2013, 04:08 AM   #2039
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Spain has a great rail network. Too bad it is a little too great. :/
It could be better. There are great areas with few population and bad service... it is expensive to improve the network there but some thing can be done at a terrible cheap price.
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Accident on December 23, on the Ferrol-Oviedo line.

A Renfe-Feve 2400 DMU, doing a regional train travelling from Oviedo to Ferrol derailed due to a fallen tree at 9.30pm, near Covas station, due to the bad weather conditions which caused a eucaliptus to fall on the track.

None of the passengers and staff were injured.

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