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Old November 8th, 2013, 09:32 PM   #2321
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Nice pictures but... old ones.

I would state that 2006 or older

This is google maps image for 2007
https://maps.google.es/?ll=41.650942...09484&t=h&z=17

In the last picture we can see old bridge for railway (single track one).
When the new bridge was built, it was supposed to keep it. They didn't know what to do with it. It was useless but in a city where the river has been always a "knife" in the middle of it, all bridges have been appreciated.

The HSL was opened in December 2003 and classic line trains opened that bridge before in its track.


After several years when they noticed that had non-sense to keep an old bridge close to current one (railway), near a street one (3x3 + pedestrians + bike lane)... this old bridge was destroyed.
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Old November 14th, 2013, 11:43 PM   #2322
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Madrid-Seville HSL (& Madrid-Ciudad Real-Mérida-Badajoz classic line).
Puertollano station.

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Puertollano station, seen from the air (well, just the south side of it).

Looks like the fifth track counting from right to left on the pic, is going to have the gauge changed to standard. Works are just about to start, if they haven´t already.

That will leave Puertollano station with just two platforms for classic rail in Iberian gauge (but that will do), but three platforms for HSR, instead of the current two.

The goal of the gauge change on that track is that at certain hours there might be a bit of a problem, since one platform is occupied by the Avant Madrid-Puertollano, so there´s only one other platform left for trains to call at.

This change of gauge will increase capacity and reliability on the HSL.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #2323
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Valladolid-Venta de Baños-Burgos HSL.

Works on the Estépar tunnel (located between Burgos and Venta de Baños, but closer to Burgos) have started.
It will be made by the cut & cover method.

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Old November 16th, 2013, 01:35 AM   #2324
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Venta de Baños HSR triangle.

This is where the HSL coming from Madrid and Valladolid splits in two, one branch heading northeast towards Burgos, Vitoria, Bilbao and Hendaye, another northwest towards Palencia (and Santander), Leon (and Ponferrada), and Oviedo and Gijon.

A map of the triangle:

-Left, towards Valladolid and Madrid.
-Top right, towards Palencia and Leon (and beyond).
-Bottom right, towards Burgos (and beyond).

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The Palencia side of the triangle:

-top, for Palencia and Leon.
-bottom left, for Venta de Baños, Valladolid and Madrid.
-bottom right, for Burgos.

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The Valladolid side of the triangle:

-centre left, for Burgos.
-bottom left, the two tracks for Palencia and Leon, each on a flyover over the classic line.
-top right, classic line and HSL for Venta de Baños, Valladolid, and Madrid.

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The Burgos side of the triangle:

-top centre, for Burgos.
-bottom left, for Palencia and Leon.
-bottom centre, for Venta de Baños, Valladolid, and Madrid.

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Old November 16th, 2013, 06:21 PM   #2325
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Hello everyone, so what's up on the Atocha-Chamartin HSR tunnel. Still on track for completion?
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Old November 16th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #2326
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It´s a bit delayed.
The tracks between Atocha and Torrejón de Velasco junction are not laid, and the electrification on that section hasn´t started yet.
That´s crucial for the Atocha-Chamartín tunnel, since there won´t be any other connection to any other track till that point.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 07:59 PM   #2327
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What a sad news really. But patience costs everything
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Old November 16th, 2013, 08:25 PM   #2328
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Well, not sad, actually. It´s just that we´re in crisis, so we need to control spending.
We have quite a few HSLs in works, so there is no way that we can do everything in one go.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #2329
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Is there any news about fit-out of Atocha underground platforms? And how it will look like in the end? What I know that underground level will have 4 platforms, but I can't find fit-out design. And the same question for overground platforms for Chamartin
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Old November 16th, 2013, 09:39 PM   #2330
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Basque "Y" HSL.

River Deba viaduct.

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Old November 16th, 2013, 09:40 PM   #2331
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Is there any news about fit-out of Atocha underground platforms? And how it will look like in the end? What I know that underground level will have 4 platforms, but I can't find fit-out design. And the same question for overground platforms for Chamartin
No news yet.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:52 AM   #2332
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Madrid-Galicia HSL (Olmedo junction-Zamora-Pedralba de la Pradería-Ourense-Santiago de Compostela).
Section Pedralba de la Pradería-Ourense.

Welcome to the coldest and most beautiful part of the whole HSL...

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The two tunnel tubes at Vilavella, seen from the Zamora side.
On top, A Mezquita-Vilavella station of the classic line, nearly perpendicular to the HSL (you can see a warehouse of the station, restored).





The two tunnel tubes of O Espiño, seen from the Ourense side.
They start from the A Gudiña-AV station, and 8.9km later they end in these portals. On the right, on a higher level, Vilariño de Conso-A Capela station of the classic line. On that hillside are deposited the materials extracted from both tunnels.





Exit towards Ourense of the Vilariño de Conso-A Capela station.
On a lower level we can tell the HSL platform and at the end on the left, we can guess the twin portals of the Bolaños tunnels, seen from the Zamora side, 6.8km long. Seems that both will be bored with a TBM. There seems to be room enough for setting a TBM in there.





Still Vilariño de Conso-A Capela. This is a zoom of the bottom right of the picture above. Lots of activity, machinery and vehicles.





Vilariño de Conso-A Capela. The grandness of the Sierra of Ourense with the river Camba reservoir in hindisght:





Vilariño de Conso-A Capela. Five blue lorries came in caravan and deposited what came out of the tunnels.
Other machines try to lay it on that filling, that will change the look of the area.



Lots of movement in all the sections.

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Basque "Y" HSL.

River Deba viaduct.

A time sequence of the work done these last three months:

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27-Sept-2013



11-Oct-2013



12-Nov-2013



Piers 1 to 5 are finished. Pier 6 is under construction. Pier 7 hasn´t been started yet. The highest piers (nearly 100m) will be piers 6 and 7.

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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:42 AM   #2334
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another example of the waste of high speed in Spain, instead of making a change in the pipe carrying a water transfer, make a steep ramp to high-speed trains and freight trains

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Old November 20th, 2013, 01:16 AM   #2335
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In fairness, if it is a gravity aqueduct running without pressurization, it would require a pump station to take care of it.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 01:21 AM   #2336
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That seems like quite a ridiculous solution but hmm maybe it was cheaper to do it this way?
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Old November 20th, 2013, 11:16 AM   #2337
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And what about building the HSL a few meters below the pipe? The ramp wouldn't have been so steep and a tunnel wouldn't have been necessary. But anyway, the viaduct has already been built.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:39 PM   #2338
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It is because that's a flood zone.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 09:40 PM   #2339
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So with all these revelations, it makes sense that it was built the way it was
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Old November 21st, 2013, 02:14 AM   #2340
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So much for THE TRUTH, "La Verdad!"
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