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Old April 8th, 2019, 10:57 PM   #3241
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Thanks this is more clear. I still remember when I had to travel on one of the many blind seats on a Talgo. Beside that travelling without a window is unconfortable to me in any case (even on the railway where I commute), going to Spain as a tourist just to see a grey wall instead of the landscape was particularly unpleasant. Spain has a nice landscape, but RENFE custom to forbid tourists seeing it is idiot.
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Old April 8th, 2019, 11:16 PM   #3242
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The issue is... I have found only these trains Madrid-Seville with fixed seats

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All seats fit with a window, but half are on train direction, half are back-direction.

It is known people ask for pro-direction (easy to find for each train which tickets are first to be sold)



The rest of trains have all seats pro-direction as can be seen in this picture



Only last ones, with a table, cool if a 4-group travel together, are back-direction.

When this train will arrive terminus, table will be gotten off and all seats moved 180º. Table will be in the opposite side of the coach and all seats (except last ones) will be pro-direction.

It seems people prefer to go pro-direction rather than with a big window. Weird (well, some of them sleep, use computer and so on...) but really
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Old April 9th, 2019, 03:12 AM   #3243
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Thanks this is more clear. I still remember when I had to travel on one of the many blind seats on a Talgo. Beside that travelling without a window is unconfortable to me in any case (even on the railway where I commute), going to Spain as a tourist just to see a grey wall instead of the landscape was particularly unpleasant. Spain has a nice landscape, but RENFE custom to forbid tourists seeing it is idiot.
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It seems people prefer to go pro-direction rather than with a big window. Weird (well, some of them sleep, use computer and so on...) but really
I think not a lot of people in Spain gaze out from the window to watch the landscape.
Now even less, with the mobile phones and all.
I think it's not a coincidence that Spanish long-distance trains have TV's with films on, people just do not look out the window very much at all.

The most extreme case was when I took a train from Caceres to Madrid.
The train was full, it was a nice, sunny day, but EVERYONE, on every coach, had the blinds down, and when I asked if I could lift them, I got stared at and got answered "what for?". I felt like a total alien. That said, it is the only line in Spain where this has happened to me. And by the looks of it, it must be like a habit of the passengers on that particular line. I felt super odd.
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Old April 10th, 2019, 06:32 PM   #3244
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The issue I am talking about is the windows were as reflective as a mirror. It was impossible to look outside because all you could see was yourself.
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Old April 10th, 2019, 07:49 PM   #3245
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OK, got it.

First time I saw it I thought it was to avoid too much sun inside trains but I really do not know. Obviously, early morning or late evening it will be more a mirror rather than a window.

Anyway, as said, a lot of people just try to chat by phone, use devices, read, eat or just sleep, providing they travel alone.

I like to see landscapes but I usually do those other activities too
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Old April 11th, 2019, 12:10 PM   #3246
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La puntualidad en la red de Adif y Adif Alta Velocidad supera el 90 por ciento en el primer trimestre de 2019. Vía Libre
It is considered punctual:

5 m in Ave
5 m in Avant (suburban HS)
10 m in rest of LD
10 m in conventional MD and RAM (metric gauge)
3 m in suburban and RAM
60 m in freight


Punctuality 2018:

91.2% in Ave
95.6% in Avant
82.1% in rest of LD
90.0% in conventional MD
77.2% in MD RAM
94.6% in suburban
82.4% in suburban RAM
89,6% in freight

That's what the
Sexto Informe del Observatorio sobre el Desarrollo del Mercado Ferroviario de la Comisión Europea, more exactly con the data annex .

Punctuality indices in the European Union:
Suburban and MD
Member States201420152016
EE99,2%99,8%99,3%
LV99,0%99,0%97,4%
LT97,5%98,4%98,3%
DK97,3%98,2%95,8%
AT97,1%97,1%96,4%
FI96,5%96,8%95,9%
NL94,9%96,4%94,1%
NO93,5%93,3%
PT94,2%93,0%92,6%
DE93,3%94,3%91,6%
SK93,0%91,2%93,0%
PL91,6%91,7%93,8%
IE-----91,9%91,9%
SE92,5%91,2%91,2%
LU----------91,2%
CZ92,2%88,1%91,1%
FR91,5%89,3%90,2%
HR-----86,1%92,2%
UK89,8%89,5%87,8%
BE-----84,6%91,4%
RO91,5%83,5%81,2%
IT81,5%86,0%87,0%
BG88,0%85,7%80,1%
SI78,5%77,5%87,3%
HU78,3%77,2%84,1%
EL-----43,7%39,2%

LD
Member States201420152016
EE99,2%----- ------
LV96,4%98,2%99,6%
LT96,6%93,2%94,8%
FR90,6%88,3%89,5%
BE-----88,8%87,5%
AT86,6%86,6%87,7%
IE-----88,1%86,4%
FI96,1%87,8%85,7%
ES85,6%----------
DK93,5%88,2%84,0%
NO92,4%79,2%-----
NL94,9%93,0%78,6%
UK91,0%78,4%77,5%
SE89,0%77,2%77,5%
PL76,4%85,5%85,1%
RO95,8%79,2%75,4%
DE74,2%75,9%74,7%
PT89,1%76,1%74,1%
CZ91,9%71,8%77,9%
HR-----67,7%79,4%
SK84,8%66,6%78,0%
IT65,0%64,0%63,2%
HU87,7%61,3%70,2%
BG77,5%59,5%84,9%
SI84,0%57,6%70,3%
EL-----23,7%23,4%
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Old April 11th, 2019, 09:04 PM   #3247
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23% punctuality rate for Greece in LD
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Old April 14th, 2019, 04:00 AM   #3248
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Today I've been to Puigcerda, on the French border.
I've been delighted to find out that some of the preliminary works to double-track the stretch between Parets del Vallès and La Garriga on the Barcelona to Latour-de-Carol line have started.
More exactly the works to eliminate four level crossings and the construction of an electric power station.
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Old May 7th, 2019, 12:12 AM   #3249
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Madrid Region Pictures January 2019

Nice trip to Madrid, very sunny so apologies!


450 034 Madrid Chamartin 27 January 2019


334 014 Madrid Chamartin 27 January 2019


465 520 & 334 014 Madrid Chamartin 27 January 2019


465 553 at El Escorial 27 January 2019


449 504 at El Escorial 27 January 2019


465 049, 465 103 & 465 012 at El Escorial 27 January 2019


334 012 Madrid Chamartin 28 January 2019

More here:
https://transportsceneireland.smugmu...-January-2019/
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Old May 7th, 2019, 03:01 AM   #3250
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A nice cab ride in four chapters from Santander to Ribadesella, on the Santander to Oviedo line (metric gauge Adif network, ex-Feve).

1) From Santander to Casar de Periedo.





2) From Casar de Periedo to San Vicente de la Barquera.





3) From San Vicente de la Barquera to Llanes.





4) From Llanes to Ribadesella.

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A cab ride from Salamanca (Spain) to Vilar Formoso (Portugal).
It is a bit monotonous, I warn you.

Anyway, it shows the missing link between the Beira Alta line in Portugal, and Salamanca, still not electrified.

The line is being electrified though, as it is the only non-electrified section between Lisbon and the Baltic Sea.
These images were taken before the works started.





In order of appearance, the following stations and places (some are mere halts with just a platform and a small shelter):

-Salamanca (the video begins right at the entrance, and immediately, the line from Avila converges from the left, still in use, and the line from Zamora converges from the right, it was closed in 1985)
-Salamanca-La Alamedilla (halt - right after Salamanca and at a more central location, current end of the electrification. You can only alight here, not board)
-Bifurcación La Serna (neither a station nor a halt, just a junction, the line to Béjar and Plasencia diverges to the left, it was closed in 1985)
-Tejares-Chamberí (now used as Salamanca freight terminal)
<<<there's a glitch in this section (but you don't miss much)>>>
-Barbadillo y Calzada
-Quejigal-Robliza (halt - used to be a station)
-Villar de los Álamos (halt - used to be a station - site of a horrific train crash in 1965, 31 killed)
-Aldehuela de la Bóveda
-Muñoz (halt)
-Fuente de San Esteban (you will notice the line to Barca d'Alva and the Douro valley diverging to the right, it was closed in 1985).
-Martín de Yeltes (halt)
-El Collado (halt)
-Sancti-Spíritus (the village has this name, in Latin. Why? God knows...)
-El Salto (halt)
-Ciudad Rodrigo (main town in this section, horribly served, only one night train per day and direction calls here, which is a shame for such a beautiful small city)
-Carpio de Azaba (halt)
-Espeja (halt)
-Espeja (station)
-Fuentes de Oñoro (Spanish border)
-Vilar Formoso (Portuguese border, end of the Beira Alta line from Pampilhosa, electrified)

Like I said, only a night train per day and direction runs through this line, that's the double Trenhotel Lusitania and Sud-Expresso (two night Talgos, coupled/de-coupled at Medina del Campo station). Lusitania runs from Madrid Chamartin to Lisbon. Sud-Expresso runs from Irun/Hendaye to Lisbon. So this images are a bit rare.
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So what are the grand plans after electrification? I assume it's not just for the lone night train
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[URL="https://www.vialibre-ffe.com/noticias.asp?not=27401"]Punctuality 2018: 91.2% in Ave
It is way down since 2010 when el mundo reported 98,5%. I know that the network has increased in size and complexity but still, it is quite a significant drop in punctuality given the low use of the infrastructure. I wonder how it will go once the network is open to private operators?

https://www.elmundo.es/mundodinero/2...289304399.html

Other countries have had much worse drops in punctuality but in many of those cases it is down to increases in traffic combined with lack of investment in infrastructure and bad winters with lots of snow. As an example Sweden is a complete disaster in that regard being amongs the worst in all of europe but it is also the network with the highest traffic intensity in all of europe together with Austria, quite a feat actually.

Spain on the other hand has low usage of the infrastructure (few trains occupying tracks compared to other HSR networks), high investments in said infrastructure and no real weather related issues to hide behind.

So what gives?
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Very simply: the Great Crisis brought about a radical reduction in personnel, train maintenance and infrastructure maintenance.
The punctuality of the AVE in 2014 (with the same criterion of a maximum of 5 minutes on arrival) was 86.90%; historic minimum.
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It's also true that new lines opened since 2015 have significant single-track sections. That entails a higher likelihood of punctuality problems, for sure.
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ELECTRIFICATION | Guillarei to Tui

The electrification of the Guillarei to Tui line (and the Guillarei avoiding line) has been awarded to Telice by €1,78 million.
This short line (only 5 km) links the Spanish railway network to northern Portugal. This electrification is an answer to Portugal's electrification between Nine and Valença.
The Guillarei to Tui line will be electrified at 3kV, with provision for a change of tension to 25kV at some later date.

The project also involves resignalling of the line and neighbouring stations on the Ourense to Vigo line around Guillarei.

Source: Adif press release (in Spanish)
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This electrification will enable the use of faster electric trains such as Alvia or Alfa Pendular between Vigo and Porto (or maybe even Lisbon).
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Line Ávila Salamanca

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