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
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,
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,
(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, majorcities 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,
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
(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.
High-speed train, Renfe 120, Madrid-Segovia
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The article was written, and photographs were taken in May 2010,
and revised in December 2010, by Dr. Miyamoto.