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Old February 12th, 2008, 02:00 AM   #401
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Good work.

What is that strange smoke that comes from under the S-103?
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Old February 12th, 2008, 02:20 AM   #402
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What is that strange smoke that comes from under the S-103?
It's just dust. They should clean up the floor before the great opening, or Velaros' nose would get dirty xD
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Old February 12th, 2008, 10:36 PM   #403
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It's official. Barcelona - Madrid service starts on February the 20th
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Old February 14th, 2008, 02:30 PM   #404
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From Typically Spanish:

The Development Minister has given the date as Wednesday 20th February

The new high speed rail service between Madrid and Barcelona will open to passengers on 20th February, the day before the electoral campaign officially starts for the national poll on 9th March, and two months after the originally-planned inauguration date, 21st December last year. The Development Minister, Magdalena Álvarez, gave the news after a meeting in Barcelona on Tuesday with the President of the Generalitat de Cataluña, José Montilla.

She said tickets will go on sale on line on the Renfe web page from 14th February, and more detailed information is expected from Renfe itself this Wednesday. The Minister added that the last two sections of the line to Girona and the border with France will be contracted later this month.

The first AVE high speed pulled up into Barcelona’s Sants station last Friday morning as part of testing on the new line. It was an eight-wagon Siemens S-103, the train which will be in service on the route.

There was news last week that AVE train drivers have called 10 days of partial stoppages on all AVE services between 19th and 29th February.
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Old February 14th, 2008, 08:56 PM   #405
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I already have my tickets for a direct train
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Old February 15th, 2008, 12:14 AM   #406
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How much will it cost a ticket? It would be interesting to compare train vs. flight prices
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Old February 15th, 2008, 02:13 AM   #407
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These are the fares in €:
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In the upper chart it's for trains which stop in Zaragoza, Lleida and Tarragona, while the chart below is for direct trains.

Tarifa general (single general ticket), anada y tornada (return general ticket). Estrella and Web are two cheap fares with a limited number of seats available, and Puente AVE is a special single ticket you can use whenever you want.

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Old February 15th, 2008, 11:04 AM   #408
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2h 40m for the direct train gives a average speed of 230km/h, not very fast for a brand new HSR. The fastest one of 2h 30m works out at 248km/h, I though it was going to be faster. Something like 260-270.

The slowest one that takes 3h 23m only average 183km/h, that is very slow for a HSR even if there are many stops on the line.

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Old February 15th, 2008, 12:39 PM   #409
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I thought the same, as the aim was to do it in 2h30m... are they starting at a lower speed and then increase it eventually?
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Old February 15th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #410
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I thought the same, as the aim was to do it in 2h30m... are they starting at a lower speed and then increase it eventually?
That's it.

Around summer, top speed would be set at 350 km/h. Then, AVE+ direct trains would be able to run between MAD and BCN in 2:15 or less
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Old February 15th, 2008, 03:54 PM   #411
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Can't wait!
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Old February 15th, 2008, 04:22 PM   #412
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Me too!!
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Old February 15th, 2008, 06:29 PM   #413
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Is it really sure with this speed 350 km/h in the summer???
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Old February 15th, 2008, 08:46 PM   #414
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Those are also official times. Since the have to pay you back when the train is late they stablish a longer trip time just in case. So the direct trains will likely be 2h30', with a top speed of 300KM/h by now.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 01:44 PM   #415
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Video about Basque HSL:


(in english)

TV ad:


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Old February 18th, 2008, 02:00 PM   #416
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Last December 2007

Alvia arrives to the Basque Country:


Alvia at Bilbao-Abando station.






Alvia near Amurrio.


Alvia at Amurrio station.

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Old February 18th, 2008, 06:45 PM   #417
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1st high speed train AVE will depart from BCN to Madrid this Wednesday at 6am, it will arrive to Madrid at 8.38am!
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Old February 18th, 2008, 09:47 PM   #418
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This article appeared in the British Guardian newspaper a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008...ain.railtravel


The article suggests the top speed will be about 220mph (217 to be exact) or 350kmh.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 10:17 PM   #419
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Old February 18th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #420
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