High-speed Spanish railways and stations
Spanish railway train service
Alta Velocidad Espanola (AVE) is a service of high-speed trains operating at speeds of up to 300 kms/h
on dedicated track in Spain. On the line from Madrid to Seville, the service guarantees an arrival within
five minutes of the advertised time, and offers a full refund if the train is delayed further, although
only 0.16% of trains have been so. In this regard, the punctuality of the AVE is exceptional in comparison
to other non-long-distance Renfe services.
Unlike the rest of the Spanish broad-gauge network, the AVE uses a standard gauge, permitting
direct connections outside Spain in the future. On the run to France, using the cross-border
Ferro TP tunnel, and after the complete rail link between Barcelona and Figuere, the high-speed
Madrid-Barcelona-Lyon-Paris service might be in operation by the late 2012.
The EuRail pass and a reserved-seat ticket from Madrid Atocha to Valencia, Spain
Madrid Atocha station
Madrid Atocha is the largest railway station in Madrid. It is the primary station serving commuter,
intercity and regional trains from the south, and the AVE high-speed train to Barcelona, Catalonia
and Sevill, Andalusia.
Interior of the Madrid Atocha station
(L) Madrid Atocha station, departure floor (M)(R) A tropical garden inside the train station
Atocha railway station with a tropical garden and cafe
(L) Turtles in a tiny lake at the Atocha station
(M) A luggage safety-control gate at the Madorid Atocha station ( For a security reason, no large photograph can be open to the public )
(R) An express train of Talgo, operating from Valencia to Balocerona, is waiting here for the oncoming train to pass through,
with the guard of electric token systems to avoid the incident.
Renfe express train runs along the beautiful beach line east of Sitgea, Spain
(L) A reserved-seat ticket
(R) A seashore resort of Sitges, 35kms southwest of Barcelona, along the railroad from Valencia
Photographed in May, 2010.
The Madrid-Barcelona high-speed rail line is 621 kms in length, The superexpress train service
inaugurated in February 2008. It is designed for speeds of 300 kms/h and compatibility with the
rail systems of neighboring countries. It connects the cities of Madrid and Barcelona, major
cities of Spain. There is a total of 20 trains per day from Madrid to Barcelona, and the same
number for the return journey in 2010. The Siemens S-103 train travels at speeds of up to
300Km/h and the shortest journey time is 2 hours 38 minutes.
Barcelona Franca Station
The Barcelona Franca Station was first built in 1929. The station is considered Barcelona$B!G(Bs the most
beautiful station, containing marble, bronze and crystal decorations. We can also notice the uniqueness
in that the plateform with a gentle curve and an attractive glass roof top.
Renfe Clase 130 at the Barcelona Franca station
Renfe commuter trains are waiting for departure at curved plateform of the Barcelona Franca Station.
(L) The plateform of the Barcelona Franca Station (R) A shock absorber to use most of the collision energy at the terminal station.
(L) England-made shock absorber at the Barcelona Franca station (R) A ticket office and the main gate to the plateform
Station hall and the sign board of Estacio de Franca Photographed in May, 2010.
Barcelona Sants Station
Barcelona Sants (Estacio de Sants) is the name of the main railway station in Barcelona, operated
by Renfe. It has become the Catalan capital's most important transportation hub - being the centre of
commuter and medium-distance train services, as well as the inter-city train station for national and
international destinations. New parts of the station have recently been remodeled to accommodate
the Spanish high-speed train AVE in the city, which started serving the city in February 2008.
(L) A total view of the Barcelona Sants station (R) A passenger service section at the Sants station
(L) An underground plateform of the Barcelona Sants (R) A reserved-seat ticket from Barocelona Sants to Madrid Atocha
(L) An electric sign board, showing that this train is for Madrid Atocha (M) A meal tray served in the preference-class train to Madrid.
(R) A mountainous countryside at the southeast of Madrid
A rich firm land and Spanish old town viewed from the high-speed train window.
(L) The maximum train speed exceeded 300kms/h. (M) Many business travelers use the preference class of this high-speed train.
(R) A train is approaching to the Madrid Atorcha
Multiple track lines near to the Atocha station
The Renfe's high-speed train, now, arrived at the Madrid Atocha station.
Photographed in May, 2010.
New High Speed Train AVE, Madrid to Albacete
Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain attend the presentation of the New High Speed Train
which serves between the cities of Madrid and Albacete. A new railway track runs in the length
of 391 kms, with the average speed of 246 kms/h. The construction fee was about sixty hundred million Euros.
Picture source: Spain TVE channel
It informed us the newly constructed high speed train, AVW, started to run between Madrid and Albacete, Spain
on December 15, 2010. High-speed train, Renfe Clase, departed from Atocha station runs behind a wind turbine in the hill.
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The article was written, and photographs were taken in May 2010,
and revised in December 2010, by Dr. Miyamoto.
Tram, metro, cable car and commuter train at Barocelona
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