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Old March 27th, 2013, 10:37 PM   #1621
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And no one took a picture?

It sounds awesome!
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Old March 27th, 2013, 11:12 PM   #1622
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I'm afraid, I wasn't there. I knew about the old railway line and I read about town hall was promoting to have a visit in the exact date (but it wasn't weekend). I live 120 km or so away there.

If I had been there I would have taken some stunning pictures because there are not many 2,1 railway tunnels (and specially in an area without great mountains), not many 2,1 km tunnels without service... and with the detail that they are exactly, as can be seen in google maps, east-west.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 01:36 AM   #1623
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And no one took a picture?

It sounds awesome!
Found it on the internet!!!!


Taken several years ago but the site remains the same.

The sun appearing from the another side of the 2,1 km tunnel

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Old March 28th, 2013, 02:05 AM   #1624
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Found it on the internet!!!!


Taken several years ago but the site remains the same.

The sun appearing from the another side of the 2,1 km tunnel

The tunnel doesn't look to be entirely abandoned. Is it used as an local road now?
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Old March 28th, 2013, 02:50 AM   #1625
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Not exactly. It is used as a pedestrian and bike lane (called as "green lane" = "Via verde").

I'm not sure but I think that from Tortosa (in Catalonia, end of the line) until exactly this village, Valdealgorfa (in Aragon, middle of the line) all has been refurbished for them. Cars are not allowed there (however, there are some obstacles somewhere so they will not be able to cross).
But you can use it for a walk or a bike round.

It is nice because it is flat as a former railway line. You will use former tunnels and bridges.


I'm not able to read the signal in the pannel in the right side in the tunnel entrance but colours and format are those related to this pedestrian path.


As an example... these images are from the same former railway line.








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Old April 6th, 2013, 12:57 AM   #1626
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Accident in Northern Spain!!

A narrow gauge train has derailed in the Cantabria region, on the Santander-Oviedo line, near Casar de Periedo station.
The train was a commuter (cercanías) Santander-Cabezón de la Sal.
Rocks fell on the track and the train couldn´t avoid them. There are several injured people, some grave.
Even though the accident has been grave, passengers have been very lucky since the trees have stopped the train from falling into the river Saja.
It´s stupid to say, but it could have been much, much worse.

http://www.eldiariomontanes.es/20130...304051847.html
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Old April 11th, 2013, 01:39 AM   #1627
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FGC has uploaded to their Facebook page some pictures of the arrival at Rubi depot of their new rolling stock, class 113.
They are needed for the extensions at Terrassa (scheduled for next year) and Sabadell (scheduled for 2016, if I remember correctly).
I´m not sure whether they will be replacing class 111 (current oldest rolling stock FGC has) or not.
The Terrassa and Sabadell extensions, both of them having a connection to Cercanías Renfe, are expected to increase ridership quite a bit on the line.

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Old April 11th, 2013, 02:09 AM   #1628
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why do they always transport trains by road?!
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why do they always transport trains by road?!
Not always. However, these sets are standard gauge, so transporting them over the Spanish railway network would be complicated.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #1630
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Beside that, I doubt the standard gauge FGC tracks come anywhere near an Iberian gauge track.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 07:42 PM   #1631
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So do I. It is an independent network with no links to other network and partially used as underground.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 02:59 PM   #1632
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So do I. It is an independent network with no links to other network and partially used as underground.
The FGC standard gauge lines do cross the mixed gauge freight line north of Barcelona. In theory a connection could be installed, allowing standard gauge cars to be delivered on their own wheels, provided the factory is somewhere on the standard or mixed gauge network.

Where are these new FGC trains build btw?
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Old April 12th, 2013, 05:03 PM   #1633
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But think that starting in Pza. Catalunya, city centre, there are several branches where at the begining, sometimes one train runs every two minutes. They have considerate which of them are "underground" (calling at all stations within Barcelona city) and which ones are "commuter" (calling at some stations in Barcelona and going to the nearby).

It seems that any work to be done on the track will be almost impossible because the tunnel under the city.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 03:12 AM   #1634
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The FGC standard gauge lines do cross the mixed gauge freight line north of Barcelona.
On different levels.

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In theory a connection could be installed, allowing standard gauge cars to be delivered on their own wheels, provided the factory is somewhere on the standard or mixed gauge network.
That is, if you demolished a number of houses in the very expensive town of Sant Cugat del Vallès, or cut the AP-7 motorway at Rubí, causing major traffic jams.

So no.

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Where are these new FGC trains build btw?
Alstom factory at Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, a northern Barcelona suburb.

Though these are Alstom/CAF trains.
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Alstom factory at Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, a northern Barcelona suburb.
In that case moving them by truck makes perfect sense...
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In that case moving them by truck makes perfect sense...
Given the state and shape of the current network, it does, definitely.

By truck it takes much less, since Santa Perpètua to Rubí is only a few kilometers, by train it would take much longer.
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In theory a connection could be installed, allowing standard gauge cars to be delivered on their own wheels
Well, in 1938 during the Spanish civil war, there was a considrable effort undertaken to construct a connecting gallery between FGC Plaza Catalunya and Metro Transversal station Universidad, it would have been used to transport ordinance between the munition factories and the munition depot located in what is today L7 tunnel. The gallery was never finished, they hand dug something like 80% of it before giving up, it is now used as a storage facility by FGC.

Had that gallery been finished it could have been used today for delivering trains.
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I think it´s on a different level to the metro/Adif tunnel, so I can´t see how that could have been done.
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Trains in the Pajares pass, on the Leon-Oviedo-Gijon line, in 2011.
Stations featured are Pola de Lena, Campomanes, Puente de los Fierros, Malvedo, Linares-Congostinas, Navidiello, Pajares, Busgongo, and Villamanin.

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Talking about FGC, I´ve just found this video about Ferrocarriles Catalanes (CGFC), the private company which exploited the lines of the current FGC Llobregat-Anoia network.

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