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Old June 25th, 2013, 01:21 AM   #1741
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Suspension of passenger service on classic line!

The line is Córdoba-Puente Genil-La Roda de Andalucía-Fuente de Piedra.

This is a part of the classic radial line Madrid-Córdoba-Málaga.

Renfe has suppressed the Alaris Cordoba-Malaga and vv., and the Regional Express Cordoba-Bobadilla and vv.

The line is electrified at 3kV and allows 160km/h speeds.

Between Fuente de Piedra and Bobadilla the passenger service still exists (Seville-Malaga regional trains, and also Seville-Granada-Almeria regional trains between Fuente de Piedra and Antequera-Santa Ana, and Altaria between Antequera-Santa Ana and Bobadilla).

I consider it a stupidity, but well... at least there´s the freight, and freight trains on that line won´t be supressed, that´s sure.

Montilla (pop. 23,800), Aguilar de la Frontera (pop. 13,700), Puente Genil (pop. 30,300), Casariche (pop. 5,600), and La Roda de Andalucía (pop. 4,381) are left without passenger classic train (although the timetables had been lamentable for long).

Also Córdoba (pop. 328,800), Antequera (pop. 41,800), Álora (pop. 13,300) and Málaga (pop. 567,400), located at each end of the line, are affected in one way or another by this suspension. Right now, Córdoba-Málaga is only possible by AVE or via Seville.

Don´t know wether trains still call at Fuente de Piedra station or not (pop. 2,700)... they still pass through that station, that´s sure.

All the aforementioned stations are central.

The following stations, far away from the towns, had been closed many years ago: Valchillón, El Chaparral, Torres Cabrera, Fernán Núñez, Montemayor and Campo Real.

Renfe AND the Andalusian regional government have completely ignored the passenger regional rail service on this line for decades, giving it impossible timetables, far away from the passengers´ needs.

On a note of hope, since the line is not closed, maybe in the future someone will remember that regional rail exists.

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Old June 25th, 2013, 03:30 AM   #1742
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On a more positive note, some pictures of the Torralba-Soria line, in the Soria province (Castile & Leon):

S-599 DMUs are a novelty on the Madrid-Guadalajara-Sigüenza-Soria services.

At Soria station:

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Announcing the next stop, Quintana Redonda:

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Around km 87 (I LOVE this one):

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Leaving Coscurita station bound for Madrid:

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The DMU 599.049 (097M-049R-098M), entering Soria station on the 17310 Madrid-Soria MD service. Lovely pic, too:

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The same train, ready to leave on the 17311 Soria-Madrid MD service:

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A few pics of the inside of DMUs class S-599:

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The screen indicates Coscurita station as the next stop. Coscurita station will probably be closed very soon:

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Leaving Sigüenza station bound for Madrid.
Sigüenza isn´t in the Soria province (nor in Castile & Leon), but in the Guadalajara province, in Castile-La Mancha, a bit closer to Madrid than the other pics on this post:

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The DMU 594.013 at Soria station (they´re not very reliable, the S-594 DMUs). It´s one of the S-594 that have been modernized:

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The DMU 594.106 (not modernized) on the 17309 Soria-Madrid service rushing through Navalcaballo station.
Navalcaballo station closed long time ago:

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The DMU 599.049 at km 91 of the Torralba-Soria line on the 17308 Madrid-Soria service:

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On the viaduct over river Golmayo:

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At km 48, after calling at Almazán-Villa station, the 17309 Soria-Madrid Chamartin service approaches Coscurita station:

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Old June 25th, 2013, 09:22 AM   #1743
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Good Railway Services in Spain Thanks
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Old June 25th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #1744
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Nice collection of pictures, 437.001, thank you for sharing them here! I especially like the picture of the DMU passing the wire-operated semaphore.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 06:57 AM   #1745
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I wonder where can I found the images of railway operation at Madrid Atocha station before they relocate the tracks to new station?
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Old June 26th, 2013, 10:52 AM   #1746
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I found this:

http://www.forotrenes.com/foro/viewt...9&t=5850&hilit
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Actually what was the reason behind the relocation? And is there any major railway station in Spain that also have the same modification?
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Old June 26th, 2013, 01:08 PM   #1748
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The former station was ridiculously small compared to current one. The refurbishment tripled the number of tracks. After that refurbishment another terminal has been made, with a reorganization of the tracks, and another terminal more is being made now.

More of other stations in Spain have been extended but not in such size, as their passengers numbers won't rise as Atocha's have.
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So is Madrid Atocha is the largest and busiest railway station in Spain?
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Old June 26th, 2013, 02:01 PM   #1750
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It is. Passengers by station/year:

- Madrid-Atocha: 70.512.177
- Barcelona-Sants: 45.127.190
- Madrid-Nuevos Ministerios : 30.966.656
- Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia 14.874.124
- València-Nord : 14.638.989
- Madrid-Chamartín: 12.611.067
- Sevilla-Santa Justa: 7.927.856
- Málaga: 4.671.515
- Córdoba: 3.514.637
- Zaragoza: 3.124.876

Data from ferropedia. There might be errors like comparing numbers of different years.
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I read some articles about two famous American lightweight streamliners. It says that the John Quince Adams and Speed Merchant ended their days in Spain. Any info about them? Is that true that their motive power never been used in Spain?
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Are commuter trains considered in those data?
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They are supposed to be. It's imposible to have 70 millions passengers in one regular station like Atocha without commuters trains.
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It is. Passengers by station/year:

- Madrid-Atocha: 70.512.177
- Barcelona-Sants: 45.127.190
- Madrid-Nuevos Ministerios : 30.966.656
- Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia 14.874.124
- València-Nord : 14.638.989
- Madrid-Chamartín: 12.611.067
- Sevilla-Santa Justa: 7.927.856
- Málaga: 4.671.515
- Córdoba: 3.514.637
- Zaragoza: 3.124.876

Data from ferropedia. There might be errors like comparing numbers of different years.
I´m not sure wether the data about Valencia-Nord are accurate, does it count Valencia-Joaquín Sorolla as part of Valencia-Nord station?

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I read some articles about two famous American lightweight streamliners. It says that the John Quince Adams and Speed Merchant ended their days in Spain. Any info about them? Is that true that their motive power never been used in Spain?
John Quincy Adams and Speed Merchant were Talgo II trains.

I´m not sure wether they ended up in Spain or the Renfe Talgo II was ordered directly by Renfe.

Here´s a pic of the Talgo II:



http://www.vialibre-ffe.com/multimed...talgoII_01.jpg
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John Quincy Adams and Speed Merchant were Talgo II trains.

I´m not sure wether they ended up in Spain or the Renfe Talgo II was ordered directly by Renfe.

Here´s a pic of the Talgo II:



http://www.vialibre-ffe.com/multimed...talgoII_01.jpg
Yes, both of those trains are Talgo trains. I assume that they only send the coaches to Spain. The power units were scrapped in US.
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New Lebrija station inaugurated today.

Lebrija station is the southern end of the Cercanías Seville C1 commuter line.

It will start service, along with the first phase of the upgrading of the Las Cabezas de San Juan-Aeropuerto de Jerez section, on the Seville-Cadiz line.

The Seville-Cadiz line is being double-track and upgraded to allow the 220 km/h.
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Feve Valencia. Line Valencia Pont de Fusta-Grau.
La Cadena station. 1987.

Crossing at La Cadena of automotors 11 (left, built by Lladró y Cuñat in ¿1922?) and 15 (right, built by Construcciones Devis in ¿1929?, and modernized in the 1970s, in the beginning both were identical).

Back then the line was single track.
Now it´s the tramway, lines 4 and 6, but back then it was full railway, with loads of level crossings, including a very dangerous one with the Renfe line Valencia-Barcelona.

The crossings usually happened at Benimaclet-B and La Cadena stations.
The full line was: Pont de Fusta, Benimaclet-A (halt), Benimaclet-B, Universitat Politècnica (halt), La Carrasca, La Cadena, Termes (halt), Les Arenes (halt), Grau.

I´ve boarded both numbers 11 and 15 (). Number 11 had the seats in wood.



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An S-465 EMU leaving Tres Cantos station bound for Colmenar Viejo, on a C4 Cercanías Madrid commuter service:

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A trip on the Cercanías Madrid C4 commuter line. Vindow view.
This is the whole C4 line from Colmenar Viejo to Parla.

From Colmenar Viejo to Tres Cantos:



From Tres Cantos to El Goloso:



From El Goloso to Cantoblanco:



From Cantoblanco to Fuencarral:



From Fuencarral to Chamartín:



From Chamartín to Nuevos Ministerios:



From Nuevos Ministerios to Sol:



From Sol to Atocha:



From Atocha to Villaverde Bajo:



From Villaverde Bajo to Villaverde Alto:



From Villaverde Alto to Las Margaritas-Universidad:



From Las Margaritas-Universidad to Getafe-Centro:



From Getafe-Centro to Getafe-Sector 3:



From Getafe-Sector 3 to Parla:

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A loco class S-333.3 manoeuvring at Manzanares-Soto del Real station with a freight train, and then another after leaving the first.

The loco is the 333.348, more precisely.

This station is a part of the Madrid-Aranda de Duero-Burgos line, currently without passenger service north of Colmenar Viejo till Burgos.
A tunnel has collapsed between Robregordo-Somosierra and Santo Tomé del Puerto stations, so the line is cut.
But it keeps on having some freight from Madrid till Manzanares-Soto del Real, and between Aranda de Duero and Burgos.

There is also the project of expanding Cercanías Madrid C4 commuter line north of Colmenar Viejo towards Manzanares-Soto del Real, and Soto del Real stations, and then both could reopen for passenger service.

Manzanares-Soto del Real station is in the middle of the fields, but very close to Soto del Real prison, and it has a suburban bus stop. The station building is now a renowned restaurant.

This part of the line is rather scenic:



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