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Old October 14th, 2013, 10:37 PM   #1881
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Madrid-Hendaye classic line.
Valladolid-Universidad station.

Photos of the station, including an Alvia S.130 coming from Castellon and bound for Gijon.

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Old October 14th, 2013, 10:50 PM   #1882
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Madrid Atocha-Móstoles El Soto line.
Las Águilas station.

A class 449 EMU passing Las Águilas station (in Madrid city) at low speed.
Regional rail rolling stock are not expected to be found here at all, since this is line C5, exclusive for commuter rail.

I don´t know what the hell was this train doing here, but I seem to remember having read about some rare maintenance at Móstoles-El Soto depot.
I´ll tell you more as soon as I get more info.

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Actually, Actren have a regional rail maintenance base at Móstoles-El Soto.
I was unaware of this.
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I see that Plasencia and Mérida lie quite far away from the main Madrid-Badajoz line and serving them require reversing direction, which is time consuming. Arte there plans to skip them on some services, when the sections of single track diesel HSLs will open?
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I love the look of those Talgo 250's... they might look a little less polished than a Velaro or TGV Duplex, but the design is very characteristic.
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Old October 15th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #1885
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I see that Plasencia and Mérida lie quite far away from the main Madrid-Badajoz line and serving them require reversing direction, which is time consuming.
Mérida is on the main Madrid-Badajoz line, which is the one through Ciudad Real, not the one through Cáceres.
The part between Parla and Ciudad Real of this line closed in 1988 (iirc), as much of it became the Madrid-Seville HSL.
The Cáceres line is Madrid-Cáceres-Valencia de Alcántara.
And the Cáceres-Aljucén line is a different one.
The Plasencia branch is the surviving spur of the old transversal line Monfragüe-Salamanca-Zamora-Astorga.

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Are there plans to skip them on some services, when the sections of single track diesel HSLs will open?
Some services already skip Plasencia, but it´s a city of a certain importance (population around 40,000), so there´s an interest on having trains calling there.

As for skipping Mérida, that would be rather crazy: it´s the capital of Extremadura and it´s the main crossroads of the region.
To skip Mérida can only be envisaged once the Portuguese finish their part of the line, allowing Madrid-Lisbon services, and still, I´d only envisage that for the peak hour trains (which could be direct Madrid-Lisbon without any intermediate stop).

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I love the look of those Talgo 250's... they might look a little less polished than a Velaro or TGV Duplex, but the design is very characteristic.
I´ve never fancied them a lot...
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Old October 16th, 2013, 02:08 AM   #1886
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Barcelona-Vic-Ripoll-Puigcerdà/Latour-de-Carol (France) line.

Photos taken at the freight terminal in Vic.

-a class 447 EMU on a regional service bound for Ripoll:

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-a freight train with a class 253 loco:

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The same freight train, seen between Vic and Balenyà-Tona-Seva stations:

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Santiago-Vigo line.

River Ulla viaduct.

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Castellbisbal station

This is in suburban Barcelona.

This is the junction of the Barcelona Sants-Castellbisbal-Martorell-Sant Vicenç de Calders line, with the Castellbisbal-Cerdanyola Universitat-Mollet Sant Fost line.

The station is also located right next to the Madrid-Barcelona HSL, so it´s a favourite for trainspotters.

Very soon, heavy upgrade works will start here, as standard gauge (with 3rd rail) will be taken from Rubí to Tarragona and further south into Eastern Spain.

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Albacete-Los Llanos station.

Used by the Madrid-Alcázar de San Juan-Albacete-Chinchilla-La Encina-Alicante classic line, and by the Madrid-Cuenca-Albacete-Alicante HSL.

The station is in the city centre.

One of Spanish stations with a McDonalds inside.
This one has also a full shopping mall... ... and a cinema.

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¡¡NEWS!!



Upgrade works going on between Zafra and Llerena, on the Seville-Zafra-Mérida line.

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Spain to increase rail spending by 21% in 2014

RAIL will remain Spain's top transport priority in 2014 according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport's draft budget published last week, accounting for 51% of the total planned investment of €8.98bn. Rail spending will increase by 21% from €3.78bn this year to €4.58bn in 2014.

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Electrification of Medina del Campo-Salamanca line.



Looks like electrification works have only just started:

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Alicante-Benidorm-Denia line.

Although the section between Alicante and Benidorm has bene transformed into a tram-train, the stretch between Benidorm and Denia is still full railway, like always.

A class 2300 DMU, near Calpe.
The 2300 owned by FGV are the only remaining ones in Spain, all the other ones that Feve and FGC used to have have been withdrawn.
Some the oldest rolling stock in Spain in regular service...

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Great news for the unfinished projects out there, and the passengers waiting for them. Also good for the economy, as this will help support the construction industry move beyond the housing bubble.

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Let´s see how it goes though.
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Torralba-Soria line.
Between Coscurita and Matamala stations.

Photos (taken on October 19, 2013) of the current upgrade works, consisting of replacing rail, sleepers and ballast.

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Last Monday saw the restart of the upgrade works from Coscurita (km 43+300) till Matamala.
They had been halted for three years due to austerity.
This week, after working day and night, renovation has reached km 44+700.

In this pic we see the DMU 592.224 in charge of the TRD 17303 running through km 43+300 (beginning of the works):





More images of km 43+300 (state of the track looking towards Soria):







From km 43+800 till km 44+700 speed has been temporarily limited to 30km/h:





From Coscurita station (km 43+100) till km 43+800, speed has been limited to 60km/h:





Since there are works day and night, there are some diesel generators to allow the lighting:





The works have reached this point (km 44+700):







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New life for Coscurita station (which has been recently closed for passenger service. Coscurita used to be the junction between the Torralba-Soria and the Valladolid-Ariza lines. Valladolid-Ariza line was closed in 1985):





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Monforte de Lemos station.

Monforte de Lemos is located in the Lugo province (in Galicia).
This is the junction of the Leon-Astorga-Ponferrada-Monforte-Lugo-Corunna line and the Monforte-Ourense-Guillarei-Redondela-Vigo line.

Pictures taken the morning of an August day.

Arco Corunna/Vigo-Bilbao/Hendaye:

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Santiago-Vigo line.
Barbanza station.

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Torralba-Soria line.
Coscurita station and surroundings.

Photos (taken on October 19, 2013) of the current upgrade works between Coscurita and Matamala stations, consisting of replacing rail, sleepers and ballast.

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More photos of the works between km 43+300 and 44+700:

Junction of two rail sections, on the right the one that was upgraded in 2008, on the left the current section in works:





Beginning of the temporary speed limitation to 60km/h at the exit of Coscurita station towards Almazán and Soria:





Entrance to Coscurita station on the north side.
To the right, the line to Almazán-Villa and Soria.
To the left, the old line to Valladolid, via Almazán-Dehesa, Aranda de Duero and Peñafiel, closed in 1985.
Trains to Soria have to reduce the speed to 70km/h due to this strange 'chicane'.
It hasn´t been removed to cut costs, I guess, and anyway, the essential was to replace the old rails and wood sleepers, which were old and outdated:





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DMU 592.224, on a TRD service bound for Madrid-Chamartín, running through Coscurita:




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Santiago-Vigo line.

River Ulla viaduct.

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