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El AVE llegará a BCN el 20 de febrero  [ Tuesday, 12 Feb 08 | 18:35 ]
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La ministra de Fomento, Magdalena Álvarez, ha llegado en AVE a Barcelona, donde ha anunciado que la alta velocidad llegará el miércoles 20 de febrero a la capital catalana.

The AVE (high-speed train) will arrive in Barcelona the 20th of February

The minister of Growth, Magdalena Alvarez, has arrived in an AVE at Barcelona, where she has announced that the high speed train will arrive Wednesday, the 20th of February at the Catalan capital.

Meaning that is the day that regular passenger service will start. This date had been rumored for the last couple of weeks and now it is official. Previously José Luis Zapatero, the President of the Government of Spain, had announced that last December 20th service would begin. But that was before construction problems were encountered that caused disruptions for many commuters. I live on the other side of Barcelona and was only affected when I had to travel to/from the El Prat airport.

There will actually be two types of high-speed rail service. One will be a non-stop to Madrid, the other will have additional stops at Tarragona, Lleida and Zaragoza.

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[User Picture]From: muckefuck
Tuesday, 12 Feb 08 | 22:27 (UTC)
What I don't understand is why there is still no linkup with the TGV. Having to change trains at the border is such a hassle, you'd think one of the first lines would've been Barcelona-Valence. Instead, it's at least another four years away.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Wednesday, 13 Feb 08 | 10:02 (UTC)

Linkup with the TGV

So, I don't which "Valence" you refer to as there are several. The "at least another four years away" is only because of politics in Catalunya in not agreeing on the route between the Sants and Sagrera stations in Barcelona.

You probably already know that the French LGV Perpignan-Figueres rail line is currently under construction. Work Service is currently scheduled to begin in February 2009. The 44.4 km long line will cross the French-Spanish border between Perpignan and Figueres through an 8.3 km tunnel bored under the col du Perthus. At the same time, construction is continuing on the Spanish side.

The track on the new line will be standard gauge electrified to 25 kV 50 Hz, consistent with the French LGV and Spanish AVE rail networks. This will be the first international connection in the AVE network. There will be another connection to France near the Atlantic coast in Euskadi.

As you mentioned, currently, rail connections between France and Spain involve a break-of-gauge. Passengers must either change trains, or the trains must pass through gauge-changing installations at. The Perpignan-Figueres line will be the first connection without a break-of-gauge. All the AVE lines use the "European standard" gauge.

The Madrid-Barcelona line should be one of the world's fastest long-distance trains in commercial operation, with trains capable of 350 km/h and covering the 600 km between the two cities in 2.5 hours. So what's happening with high-speed rail where you live?
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[User Picture]From: cuboz
Friday, 15 Feb 08 | 11:27 (UTC)
I wonder if they need any more Train Drivers? :-)

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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Friday, 15 Feb 08 | 11:48 (UTC)

I wonder if they need any more Train Drivers? :-)

¿Hablas el cristiano? :-)

In seriousness, I think it would be really cool to drive one of those trains. The trains use foreign (read German or French) propulsion, but the interior is likely Spanish.

To whet your appetite some more...

The Spanish government has an ambitious plan to have 7000 km (4350 mi) of high-speed rail operational by 2010, with all provincial capitals at most only 4 hours from Madrid, and 6.5 hours from Barcelona.

According to the Strategic Plan for train infrastructures developed by the Ministerio de Fomento (Ministry of Public Works), called PEIT, a second expansion program is planned to start in 2010-2011, when the last lines of the first program still under construction begin to operate. This is a 10-year plan, ending 2020, and its ambition is to make the 300 km/h (186 mph) network reach 10,000 km (6215 miles). The most extensive in Europe, with several operational links with France and Portugal.

Chuck
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[User Picture]From: cuboz
Saturday, 16 Feb 08 | 11:43 (UTC)

Re: I wonder if they need any more Train Drivers? :-)

So,

What you COULD be saying is, that in about 2 or 3 years time, when I'm FULLY trained, and well qualified, that I should keep a lookout for news that they're desperate for Train Drivers in Spain!??

Woo hoo!
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Saturday, 16 Feb 08 | 14:58 (UTC)

Re: I wonder if they need any more Train Drivers? :-)

There's probably plenty of local suppy. :-(

Chuck
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