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Old August 31st, 2013, 08:10 PM   #2041
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Madrid-Valencia/Madrid-Albacete HSL.
Cuenca-Fernando Zóbel station.

Cuenca has seen a radical improvement in rail transport since the HSL opened in 2010.

It used to have a very bad, only-regional service (only to Madrid or to Valencia), served by old DMUs, and through a very old, slow, bumpy line.
Now it also has high-speed trains to half of the country (Madrid, Valencia, Albacete, Alicante, Seville, Malaga, Barcelona, Santander, Oviedo, Valladolid, Corunna, Saragossa, Vigo...).

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Old August 31st, 2013, 08:40 PM   #2042
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strange station O_o I don't know if I like it or I hate it...

If I do remember correctly, 2 options were availlable for Cuenca, a urban station and this station in the proper HSL.

Cuenca chose to have the station in the HSL thinking that it would be able to get more trains stopping there than if they would have to detour to the urban station in order to call in Cuenca.

Do you think that Cuenca made the right decission?

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Old August 31st, 2013, 08:58 PM   #2043
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Do you think that Cuenca made the right decision?
I don´t really want to discuss about that, because that station is already built, and that is that.

The only thing I´m sure is that now Cuenca has a much better service than it used to.
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Is there a good public transport from this station to the town centre? Not so relevant for locals perhaps, but a crucial point for any tourists coming from Madrid or Valencia.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 09:06 PM   #2045
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Is there a good public transport from this station to the town centre? Not so relevant for locals perhaps, but a crucial point for any tourists coming from Madrid or Valencia.
So I´ve heard, but I haven´t tested this station myself (...yet ).
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Old August 31st, 2013, 10:03 PM   #2046
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Madrid-Valencia HSL.
Requena-Utiel station.

This is one of the most controversial stations of the whole HSR network in Spain.
It is located neither in Requena nor in Utiel, but near the village of San Antonio de Requena, and it is some 15 minutes on foot away from the San Antonio station, where one can take the commuter train (Cercanías Renfe) to Valencia.

The area around is not very much populated.

Only six trains per day call here, three AVE Madrid-Valencia and three AVE Valencia-Madrid.

This, and Tardienta, and Huesca stations, are the ones with less trains.

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Old September 1st, 2013, 07:24 PM   #2047
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Man, to see all this wonderful new infrastructure in Spain, when only a week ago it took me 13 hours to ride the Amtrak from Boston to Cleveland and a similar journey from Seville to Barcelona takes less than half that for about the same price....Jealousy....

Not to mention, this is probably the most photo-heavy HSR thread on SSC; it's great.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 07:29 PM   #2048
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should you are interested in a specific line or so, just ask for it ad we can link the thread in the Spanish forum with a greeeeeat deal of pictures. Some of them related to works on going
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Old September 1st, 2013, 09:22 PM   #2049
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I am quite interested in the lines heading north of Valladolid, but I know large sections of them aren't projected to be completed for a number of years. I would appreciate a link to pictures of the Pajares Base Tunnel, if you know of any.
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Starting in 2008 and more than 1600 post... maybe you will see several interesting pictures here

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=724424
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Furthermore you can check de ADIF official webpage for the Pajares Tunnels

http://adif.es/en_US/comunicacion_y_...ad_00014.shtml
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Old September 1st, 2013, 10:56 PM   #2052
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Btw, you've said northern Valadolid. There are other threads for the line to Burgos and the Basque Y.
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Madrid-Galicia HSL.
Sector Olmedo-Zamora (Castile and Leon).

The first sleepers!

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Old September 4th, 2013, 02:07 AM   #2054
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Madrid-Extremadura(-Lisbon) HSL.

Pictures of the works in Extremadura.

Cañaveral viaduct (Cáceres province):

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Viaduct over river Tagus, near Río Tajo classic line station (Cáceres province).
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Some pictures of different areas along the HSL:

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Between Aldea del Cano and Cáceres (Cáceres province):




Near Aljucén, not far from Mérida (Badajoz province):




-Work in the Cáceres-Cañaveral sector (Cáceres province):




-Not far from Navalmoral de la Mata (Cáceres province, next to the limit with Castile-La Mancha):




-Sleepers in Cáceres:

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Currently it takes more than one hour from Olmedo to Zamora in Alvia. I calculate that with the new railway it might take 20-30 minutes (AVE) or 30-40 minutes (Alvia) unless it continues stopping in Medina del Campo.

It might not seem impressive, but if we sum up all the improvements in the whole line, the travel time gets reduced by several hours.

EDIT: I hope that the Madrid-Extremadura(-Lisbon?) line gets paralyzed enough time to solve the historical mistake of it passing over Toledo.
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News:

The new summer Alvia services Santander-Cadiz and Gijon-Cadiz have been very successful, so they´re expanded till Christmas, chances are that they´ll become permanent Alvia services.
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Madrid-Valencia HSL. Requena-Utiel station. This is one of the most controversial stations of the whole HSR network in Spain. It is located neither in Requena nor in Utiel, but near the village of San Antonio de Requena, and it is some 15 minutes on foot away from the San Antonio station, where one can take the commuter train (Cercanías Renfe) to Valencia.

The area around is not very much populated.Only six trains per day call here, three AVE Madrid-Valencia and three AVE Valencia-Madrid. This, and Tardienta, and Huesca stations, are the ones with less trains.
The worst thing about this station is that it is isolated from conventional lines, which means that it can´t be used in combination with conmuter trains (cercanias), unless you are willing to walk 15 minutes, therefore it is of little use for all the people living between Valencia and San Antonio that want to go to Madrid......This has been the case in many other places in Spain, they have produced a model where trains do not interoperate with.....trains!

At list in the south they have corrected this mistake and Antequera Santa Ana does interoperate, nowadays.
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Old September 5th, 2013, 01:48 AM   #2058
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All that new infrastructure

Great job on all the pictures and information that is shared here, I think this thread is among the most active (English) HSR threads that we currently have. Keep up the good work!
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This video shows the gauge changing system, that is used, for example, to operate the Long Distance (almost High Speed) services to Galicia while there are only some stretches in service.

Currently it's Standard Gauge from Madrid to Olmedo (near Valladolid) and there it changes the gauge to continue in Iberian Gauge.

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Madrid-Galicia HSL/Santiago-Vigo upgraded classic line.
New Vigo-Urzáiz station.

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