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Old August 4th, 2016, 06:46 PM   #3061
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I believe that there are some narrow-gauge commuter lines in what was West Germany that still use steam to this day.
West or East Germany?

I think there are one or two lines in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, but if I'm not mistaken, I think they're heritage railways.
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Old August 5th, 2016, 04:25 AM   #3062
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West or East Germany?

I think there are one or two lines in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, but if I'm not mistaken, I think they're heritage railways.
Yeah, I was thinking of Dresden. My bad. Though they do apparently have some commuter traffic.
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Old August 17th, 2016, 07:11 PM   #3063
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Steam locomotive "Aurrera" in the preserved track of the historical line of the Urola river (Basque Country)


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Old September 9th, 2016, 03:25 PM   #3064
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I read on a headline alert that a mixed-gauge train just crash ed in Galicia with severe derailment. Any more precise information on that?
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Old September 9th, 2016, 04:49 PM   #3065
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Not exactly. It was an Iberian gauge Portuguese train going from Vigo to Porto. Unfortunately the train crash has left a death toll of 4 people.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 10:01 PM   #3066
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At least four people are feared to have died after a train derailed in northern Spain.

Several others were injured as train crashed at O Porriño station in the north-western province of Galicia at 9:30am local time.

The regional government's president, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, told reporters at the scene that the train's Portuguese engineer and Spanish ticket collector were among the dead, as well as two passengers, one of whom died in hospital.

Rescue crews searching through the wreckage suspect there may be a fifth victim inside a car, he said.

A witness told the Levante newspaper the train - which was en route to Porto in Portugal - began to derail as it arrived at the station and collided with a tower at the side of the track.

The emergency services attended the scene along with several air ambulances.

The train was made up of three carriages with the first one came completely off the track. The other carriages came partially off the track.

The Spanish rail network, Renfe, confirmed the incident on Twitter and expressed its condolences towards the victims and their families.

Adif railway construction company said it has opened an investigation into the cause of the derailment which occurred on a straight stretch of track.

Local political parties tweeted to expressed its condolences and announced they had suspended campaigning ahead of the upcoming local parliamentary elections for the day as a mark of respect.

There were approximately 60 passengers on board when the accident happened.

The train is owned by Portugese rail company Comboios de Portugal.

In 2013, 79 people were killed in Spain's worst rail disaster when a high-speed Renfe train went off the tracks and slammed into a wall near Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7233391.html

May the victims rest in peace.
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Old September 10th, 2016, 10:49 PM   #3067
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Judging from the photos it seems to be one of the Class 592 DMU which RENFE leased to CP.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 04:22 AM   #3068
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Judging from the photos it seems to be one of the Class 592 DMU which RENFE leased to CP.
Correct. But the older stock, class 592.0 DMU's.

4 dead (2 Spanish -one of them the controller, the other a young driver apprentice-, 1 Portuguese -the driver-, 1 American -a passenger-).
Among the injured, Spaniards, Americans, Portuguese, Brazilians, Argentines, Uruguayans, Chileans, Brits, Filipinos, and Germans.

The reasons are still unclear, but excessive speed seems the most likely.
The train driver should have been aware that the train was to run on platform 3 as there were works at Porriño station. Was he? That question is important.

However, the thing that made the train derail, and the fact that the two other cars didn't derail -or not completely-, are strange to me. I find it odd.

The train had recently passed extensive maintenance tests, and the Portuguese driver knew the line perfectly.

The points seem to have done ok.

Maybe a stone, a cat or a rabbit, plus excessive speed?

Time will tell...
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Old September 28th, 2016, 06:42 PM   #3069
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Short video of an Adif testing train today near Salamanca:

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How many gauge-change points does ADIF operate?
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Old September 29th, 2016, 11:47 AM   #3071
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Today there are 20 gauge changers in Spain, 5 of them are operational but not commercial use. 4 of them were reused from another location. Others 4 will be opened -were expected- in 2017.

In 2015 there were 30,646 steps per gauge changer, 83.96 per day and 6.72 per operating gauge changer. I hope High Speed Rail Corporation of India read this.

Full list, types of gauge changers, etc. in the Wikipedia (in Spanish).
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.
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Old September 29th, 2016, 01:17 PM   #3072
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Well, I wrote Spain when I should have put ADIF. In Wikipedia is the list of CAF and Talgo gauge changers in workshops and one experimental for goods.
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Old September 29th, 2016, 11:49 PM   #3073
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Have you got in your account Huesca one as out of service?
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Old October 1st, 2016, 12:31 PM   #3074
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It was as simple as clicking on the Wikipedia link and read the first few lines:

Huesca: no commercial service since 28/04/2008.

In the same situation are Irún, Alcolea de Córdoba, Albacete and Medina del Campo (not medina high speed, which is another one that is in service). Medina del Campo gauge changer It is offline on one side of the HS network, but in an extreme case, it could go into a HST from Madrid through in the Olmedo maintenance base. Very slowly, yes.
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Trans-Cantabric railway near Arija (Castile)


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Is that the El Transcantabrico luxury train?
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 10:41 PM   #3078
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The Independent speaks of the accident taking place in O Porriño, a station in the north-western province of Galicia. Galicia is not a province but a region. A common mistake by foreigners.
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Is that the El Transcantabrico luxury train?
Yes, it is. Although in this picture the train is on the León - Bilbao narrow gauge line, not in the coastal line (Bilbao - Ferrol).
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The Independent speaks of the accident taking place in O Porriño, a station in the north-western province of Galicia. Galicia is not a province but a region. A common mistake by foreigners.
The word "province" doesn't have only one meaning in English, or even Spanish.

So it's not a mistake, even if I know what you mean.
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