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Old March 30th, 2014, 08:54 PM   #2721
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Madrid-Seville HSL.
Villanueva de Córdoba-Los Pedroches station.
NEW!!

Looks like I was a bit wrong.

Actually 17 people used it on the first train (the one in the video), and around 300 people turned up at the station to watch the train arrive. Not bad at all.

I have to say that I mis-Googled, I didn´t realize that Villanueva de Córdoba is not far at all from Pozoblanco (which is rather more populated than I thought, it has about the same population as Calatayud on the Madrid-Barcelona HSL, and there used to be a railway in Pozoblanco till the 1960s, the old narrow gauge line from Puertollano to Peñarroya and Fuente del Arco, so to them it must have been a sort of reopening after so many years).

I just thought that Pozoblanco was further away from Villanueva de Córdoba, and much smaller than it actually is.

Not that I´m all that optimistic about it now, but certainly much less pessimistic than I used to.

Btw, to potential travellers: the area is scenically rather beautiful, and produces one of the best hams in the country -no small feat.

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Murcia-Lorca-Vera-Almeria HSL.

Section Vera-Almeria.

Works came to a halt some time ago. And so they are.

One of the tunnels on the line, near Barranco de los Gafarillos:

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Old March 30th, 2014, 09:51 PM   #2723
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Significant work seems to have been done already. It probably will be restarted some day, don't you think?
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Old March 30th, 2014, 10:35 PM   #2724
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Significant work seems to have been done already.
Yes, between Murcia and Lorca lots have been done already, and I guess that section will open much earlier than the one between Lorca and Almeria.

But between Lorca and Almeria works haven´t even started in some sectors.

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It probably will be restarted some day, don't you think?
The thing is that we have much of a burden with lots of new lines to open, some of which need to be open by next year or we´ll lose the EU funds for those lines.

So the ones that 'can wait'... will have to wait.

It´s sad in this particular case, since there is no railway connection between Andalusia and Murcia since 1985 when the Almendricos-Guadix line was stupidly closed, and now you have to travel hundreds of miles to go from Alicante to Granada or Seville, when there used to be a much more direct route, and this HSL is supposed to make up for that loss and cut travel times enormously.

Almeria is becoming a dead end street in terms of railway, it has some of the worse travel times to everywhere.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 10:44 PM   #2725
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Madrid-Badajoz(-Lisbon) HSL.
Section Plasencia-Cáceres.

River Almonte viaduct, under construction.

This will be another one of the big postcard viaducts. Keep an eye on it.
It´s not far from Río Tajo station on the classic line. In fact, on the second pic you can spot another viaduct in hindsight, it´s the one of the classic line.

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Old March 30th, 2014, 11:09 PM   #2726
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I think this one might end up looking even better than river Ulla viaduct you like to cover.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 11:14 PM   #2727
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This is a video about the construction process explanation of the Tagus River bridge (it is just few kilometers away towards the North from the Almonte river bridge posted by 437.001), but the type of bridge and construction method is the same: an arch bridge.

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Old March 30th, 2014, 11:26 PM   #2728
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I think this one might end up looking even better than river Ulla viaduct you like to cover.
Well... we´ll have the choice (and the chance) to admire them all once they finish them.
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Well... we´ll have the choice (and the chance) to admire them all once they finish them.
That's true and the one in Galicia will be ready for that sooner.
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Madrid-Galicia HSL.
Section Olmedo junction-Zamora.

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Madrid-Galicia HSL.
Section Olmedo junction-Zamora.

Images taken between Toro and Coreses:

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Viaduct over river Duero (Douro), near Toro:







At Monte la Reina station and around:









At Matilla:





At Fresno de la Ribera:





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Madrid-Galicia HSL.
Zamora station and surroundings.

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Looking towards Ourense:











Looking towards Olmedo junction (and Madrid):











http://www.trenzamora.es/Lineaszamor...mora/2014.html
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I don't understand the point of those high poles over the platforms shelters. Any idea?
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Madrid-Galicia HSL.
Section Zamora-Pedralba de la Pradería.

Images taken between Zamora and La Hiniesta, with the Valderrey tunnel and the Valderrey viaduct (last pic).
It´s one of the least advanced sections between Zamora and Pedralba de la Pradería:

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I don't understand the point of those high poles over the platforms shelters. Any idea?
Ermmm... mmm... weird electrification poles?
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Madrid-Galicia HSL.
Section Zamora-Pedralba de la Pradería.

Images taken between Montamarta and Tábara:

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At Perilla de Castro:





Viaduct over river Esla and surroundings:











Viaduct over Arroyo Moratones:





At Moreruela:







At Faramontanos de Tábara:



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Madrid-Galicia HSL.
Section Zamora-Pedralba de la Pradería.

Images taken between Tábara and Mombuey:

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Madrid-Barcelona-Figueres Vilafant HSL.
Just next to the Mollet junction.

Three class S-100 AVE:

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This is the weakest spot on the whole line. To save monies they skipped building adequate flood protection, because you know, such a flood won't happen in the 500 year simulation
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What kind of structure would have been an adequate flood protection?
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