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Old August 10th, 2015, 10:53 AM   #2921
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Even without this happening, in Europe (and Australia, for that matter) gates are down quite some time before the train passes. I am always shocked at how in the US crossing are lowered as little as 15 seconds before the train passes by.
In France the gates come down more or less 1 minute or even less before the train passes by.
There's very little time to cross the tracks after they come down and the train runs through.
Actually there's a rather scary video of the Paris-Roubaix cycling race where cyclists foolishly ignore the barriers even though a TGV was coming, missing death by mere seconds.
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Old August 10th, 2015, 06:19 PM   #2922
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Posts 305 to 310 are absolutely off-topic in this thread, and have nothing to do with Barcelona suburban rail AT ALL.
They are not within the Barcelona suburban rail boundaries, or even in Barcelona province, but in Tarragona province, which is quite another place.

Moderators should move them to this other thread, where they actually belong.
Will move when I get home.
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Old September 5th, 2015, 12:38 PM   #2923
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About the closed line (Zaragoza)-La Puebla de Hijar-Tortosa, there is a 2 km lenght tunnel near the village of Valdealgorfa that... it is exactly east-west. Therefore, twice per year (spring and autumn starting) the sun crosses all the tunnel at 7ish in the morning and evening.

It is known that Thursday 17th, the sun will cross for more than two and a half minute and a few less than a minute on Friday 18th


Here there is a picture of newspaper heraldo about other years

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Old September 25th, 2015, 11:37 PM   #2924
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While reading about the heavily discounted introductory fares for Leon-Madrid HS line something else came into my mind. Does Spain have rail passes meant exclusively for non-residents like Japan rail pass or Swiss pass? If not then that would be a useful addition.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 12:18 AM   #2925
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Yes, it has a high speed pass for non-Spanish. I think minimum is four tickets and about 45 euro/ticket (doesn't mind if a short journey or a Malaga-Barcelona)
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Old September 28th, 2015, 05:36 PM   #2926
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While reading about the heavily discounted introductory fares for Leon-Madrid HS line something else came into my mind. Does Spain have rail passes meant exclusively for non-residents like Japan rail pass or Swiss pass? If not then that would be a useful addition.
Yes, Eurail pass is one and the other one is Renfe Spain Pass:
http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticke...ass/index.html
http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/via...les/spainpass/
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Old September 28th, 2015, 11:04 PM   #2927
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Other than Eurail passes, there is also the Interrail. However, they have some limitations, basically Eurail is for non-European living outside Europe while Interrail is for Europeans living in Europe.

Europeans living ouside Europe, or non-Europeans living in Europe, can use both - see below for details. These passes are usually not valid on regional railways and on HSTs, but they might offer some discounts.

http://www.interrail.eu/

http://www.eurail.com/help/choosing-...l-or-interrail
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Old October 7th, 2015, 11:31 PM   #2928
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Cercanías trains in Spain:

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Old October 7th, 2015, 11:53 PM   #2929
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Thx for video

For next time, it can be useful...
Commuter tickets are included on long distance tickets.

This is, you buy an AVE or Alvia ticket and, if departure/arrival station (or both) have commuter trains, ticket is included there. You will have a five characters password to entry in machines and a free ticket will be delivered.

For instance, you make a Barcelona-Malaga journey (the longest in AVE) and you can start with the same ticket your journey in Barcelona surroundings taking on a commuter to Sants and later, taking on a commuter in Malaga (from 3 hours before departure in Barcelona and until 3 hours after arrival in Malaga in this case)
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Old October 8th, 2015, 06:25 PM   #2930
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Except for PROMO rates.
PROMO rates do not include any Cercanías trains services!
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Old October 11th, 2015, 09:46 PM   #2931
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A pic of Canfranc station on The Guardian

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Old October 12th, 2015, 01:38 AM   #2932
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Thanks for the link. Gonna share in other threads
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Old October 24th, 2015, 02:51 PM   #2933
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News!

The electrification of the Medina del Campo to Salamanca line is ready.
Its connection to the Galicia HSL and the gauge changer at Medina del Campo are ready too.
A class S-730 and a class S-121 are testing it
It will open very soon, it's a matter of weeks/days.

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On the other hand, two new stations have appeared, one in Madrid and one in Seville. Both are for Cercanías Renfe services.

The first one, in Madrid (more exactly Torrejón de Ardoz), on the Madrid-Barcelona main line, is called Soto del Henares.
It serves the eastern Torrejón neighbourhoods (and a hospital). Its colateral stations are Torrejón de Ardoz (up Madrid) and La Garena (down Barcelona).
Lines C2 and C7 of the Madrid Cercanías network serve them.

The second one, in Seville, is more of a relocation, reopening and rechristening than anything else.
The old La Salud station (which still exists), in the south of Seville, had been closed years ago, but the area has since seen a strong growth in population.
But instead of reopening the old La Salud station (which had far too narrow platforms, bad access to the street, and upgrading it would have been unwise sinde it is used for freight trains), new platforms were built some yards further north, with a better access to the nearby quarter. And as the new quarter is called Jardines the Hércules, that's the name for the new station in the new platforms.
La Salud station still exists exactly where it was and intact, but now only as a freight yard.
The "new" Jardines de Hércules station is served by lines C1 and C5, the latter being extended to Jardines de Hércules from its former terminus Virgen del Rocío, although it reached La Salud for reversal (and will keep on doing it, only that La SaludJardines de Hércules is the new terminus).

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Furthermore, it has been announced that the Santander Renfe and Feve stations will be upgraded and finally merged into one.
They're side by side, but separated (two station buildings, two entrances, two station bars, etc).
They will finally become one sole station, which will be quite helpful if you have to change trains on a rainy day.
Iberian gauge will stay where it is, metric gauge (ex-Feve) platforms will be moved west (that is, five tracks and three platforms), next to the Iberian gauge ones.
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Rumour!!

Looks like the electrification of the classic line between Medina del Campo and Salamanca could open on December 18, starting new services Madrid-Salamanca through the HSL, using a new gauge changer located at Medina del Campo-AV.

This is not an official date yet, but the definitive date won't be much different.

There will be new Avant services Madrid-Segovia-Salamanca (which will use the HSL between Madrid and Medina del Campo-AV).

On the same day, the section between Olmedo junction and Zamora of the Madrid-Galicia HSL will open.

The current diesel Madrid-Avila-Salamanca regional services will very likely be reduced.
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NEWS!

The electrification of the Medina del Campo-Salamanca classic line opened on December 17.

New electric Alvia services have started operating between Madrid and Salamanca, calling at Segovia.

The fastest travel time Madrid-Salamanca is now of 1h 36min.

Source: SSC Spain.
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I've a question regarding gauge convertible sleepers. I know that there are gauge convertible sleepers for straight sections but what about turnouts? Is there such thing or during gauge change those switches must be replaced? If there are gauge convertible turnouts can someone post link to those solutions?
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I know that there are dual-gauge switches, so why shouldn't there be gauge-convertible ones?
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I have never seen such switches. They would be complicated with all their movable parts and likely be more expensive than two single gauge switches.

Dual gauge switches are a different thing, because they are used when both gauges are needed at the same time.
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Old December 25th, 2015, 07:36 PM   #2939
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To my best knowledge, it is about 100 EUR each one train changes its gauge...
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I've a question regarding gauge convertible sleepers. I know that there are gauge convertible sleepers for straight sections but what about turnouts? Is there such thing or during gauge change those switches must be replaced? If there are gauge convertible turnouts can someone post link to those solutions?
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I have never seen such switches. They would be complicated with all their movable parts and likely be more expensive than two single gauge switches.
Gauge convertible sleepers are all over the place in Spain. There's a lot of them between Barcelona and Valencia, to name but one line.

Certain points are convertible too.

That I'm aware of, the section between Albacete and Almansa of the Madrid-Alicante HSL has seen the only change of gauge, by now.

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Dual gauge switches are a different thing, because they are used when both gauges are needed at the same time.
They're more of a mess.
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