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AVE, an acronym for Alta Velocidad Española (literally, "Spanish High Speed," but also a play on the word ave, meaning "bird" in Spanish), is a high speed train that can achieve speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph) on dedicated track. AVE could refer to: Advanced Vehicle Engineers African American Vernacular English Alta Velocidad Española, a high speed train used in Spain Avestan language (ISO 639 alpha-3, ave) Ave. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Unlike the rest of the Spanish broad-gauge network, the AVE uses standard gauge, permitting direct connections outside Spain in the future. All AVE trains are currently operated by RENFE, the Spanish state railway company, although it is possible that private companies may be allowed to run lines in the future. Great Western Railway broad gauge steam locomotives awaiting scrapping in 1892 after the conversion to standard gauge. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... RENFE is Spains national railway operator. ...

AVE route map, as of December 2006

Contents

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History

The AVE commenced service between Madrid and Seville on 21 April 1992, a distance of 471 km (293 miles), with a travel time of 2.5 hours. Motto: (Spanish for From Madrid to Heaven) Location Coordinates: , Country Spain Autonomous Community Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Province Madrid Administrative Divisions 21 Neighborhoods 127 Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón Jimémez (PP) Area  - Land 607 km² (234. ... NO8DO (I was not abandoned) Location Coordinates : ( ) Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Sevilla (Spanish) Spanish name Sevilla Founded 8th-9th century BC Postal code 41001-41080 Website http://www. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...

AVE "Alstom" trainsets at Seville.

It has been suggested that the PSOE government chose the French Alstom bid over the Siemens and Talgo bids for political rather than technical reasons, rewarding the French government for its assistance in capturing ETA activists who took "sanctuary" across the border in southern France. [citation needed] Seville's hosting of the 1992 World's Fair prompted its choice for the inaugural AVE line, but there were also accusations that the Spanish head of government Felipe González favoured his home city. [citation needed] Seville is the fourth biggest city in Spain, after Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, with a population of some 700,000. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x750, 580 KB) Two AVE trains at Seville, Spain. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x750, 580 KB) Two AVE trains at Seville, Spain. ... The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español or PSOE) is one of the main parties of Spain. ... Alstom (formerly GEC-Alsthom) (Euronext: ALO) is a large French company whose businesses are power generation, railway signalling; and manufacturing trains (e. ... Siemens AG (ISIN: DE0007236101, FWB: SIE, NYSE: SI) is one of the worlds largest companies and Europes largest engineering firm. ... Tilting Amtrak Cascades passenger cars use the Talgo design. ... or ETA (Basque for Basque Homeland and Freedom; IPA pronunciation: [) is defined as a terrorist organization by the European Union,[1] the United States, and the United Nations but considered by itself as a paramilitary Basque nationalist group. ... Ajax prepares to violate the sanctuary of Athena by abducting Cassandra by force: red-figure vase, c. ... Worlds Fair is any of various large expositions held since the mid-19th century. ... Felipe González Márquez (born March 5, 1942) is a Spanish socialist politician. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) Postal code 08001–08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ... Location Coordinates : 39°29′ N 0°22′ W Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name València (Catalan) Spanish name Valencia Founded 137 BC Postal code 46000-46080 Website http://www. ...


The service guarantees arrival within 5 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 compared to other non long distance RENFE services, and especially when compared to the French TGV system. [citation needed] RENFE is Spains national railway operator. ... For the group of heart conditions referred to as TGV, see transposition of the great vessels. ...


The high speed of the train link combined with high property prices in Madrid has encouraged many Madrid commuters to settle in Ciudad Real, the first stop on the Madrid-Seville line. Ciudad Real (Spanish for: Royal City) is a city in Castile-La Mancha, Spain. ...


Construction and current development

The high-speed line connecting Madrid and Barcelona is in its final stage of construction between Camp de Tarragona and Barcelona. The initial section from Madrid to Lleida, via Zaragoza, opened on the 11 October 2003. On the 18th of December 2006 the AVE started operating to Camp de Tarragona. On the inauguration day of the Madrid-Tarragona line the Ministerio de Fomento reiterated its promise that the AVE would reach Barcelona by the end of 2007[1]. When completed, the Madrid-Barcelona line should be one of the world's fastest long-distance trains in commercial operation, with trains billed to reach a top speed of 320 km/h and covering the 600 km (373 miles) between the two cities in 2.5 hours. It previously took almost six hours. Motto: (Spanish for From Madrid to Heaven) Location Coordinates: , Country Spain Autonomous Community Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Province Madrid Administrative Divisions 21 Neighborhoods 127 Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón Jimémez (PP) Area  - Land 607 km² (234. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) Postal code 08001–08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Lleida (Catalan) Spanish name Lérida Founded 6th century BC Postal code 25XXX Website http://www. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Zaragoza (Spanish) Spanish name Zaragoza Founded 24 Postal code 50001 - 50018 Website http://www. ... is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tarragona (IPA: in Catalan) is a city located in the south of Catalonia, northeastern Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. ...


The service began running at only 200 km/h (124 mph). After two years of operation on 19th May 2006 AVE trains on the Madrid-Lleida line began operating at 250 km/h (155 mph). On the 16th October the trains on this line increased their operating speed to 280 km/h (174 mph) after the replacement of the Spanish ASFA signalling system with level 1 of the new European ETCS/ERTMS system. Finally, with the track now extended to Camp de Tarragona, on the 7th May the service increased its speed to the maximum allowable for the line, 300 km/h (186 mph). This puts Tarragona at only 2 hours and 38 minutes from Madrid and 30 minutes from Lleida, down from the 4 hours and 20 minutes it took before the extension of the high speed line. Nine trains a day now run on this line in each direction. From the 9th May 2007 the trains will begin to run to Sant Joan Despí, at the edge of Barcelona, in order to carry out early line tests in preparation for the AVE's promised arrival in the Catalan capital by December 2007. A train protection system is a railway technical installation to ensure safe operation in the presence of human failures. ... The European Train Control System (ETCS) is a signalling and control system designed to replace the 14 incompatible safety systems currently used by European Railways, especially on high-speed lines. ... Sant Joan Despí (Catalan for Saint John of-the-Pine) is a city located in the Baix Llobregat area (Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain), concretely on the left bank of the Llobregat river. ...


It was originally forecast that, after reaching Barcelona in 2004, the line would run at 350 km/h (218 mph), the maximum capable speed of the new Siemens AVE trains set to replace the Talgo Bombardier AVE S102, after the installation of level 2 of the ETCS/ERTMS, which, in theory, will be installed in 2008. But on the AVE's first day of operating at 300 km/h to Tarragona the Minister of Public Works, Magdalena Álvarez, stated that the maximum commercial operating speeds of the AVE on all lines would be 300 km/h (186 mph).[2] The European Train Control System (ETCS) is a signalling and control system designed to replace the 14 incompatible safety systems currently used by European Railways, especially on high-speed lines. ...


In this context, one should note the highly critical report by the consulting firm KPMG. The report was commissioned by ADIF (Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias) at the behest of the Ministry for Public Works (Ministerio de Fomento) on June 23, 2004. KPMG's experts pointed to the lack of in-depth studies and over-hasty execution of works as the reasons underlying the major problems dogging construction of the AVE line. KPMG is one of the largest professional services firms in the world. ...


Although until 2005 both Siemens and Talgo/Bombardier train sets consistently failed to meet scheduled speed targets, in a test run during the homologation tests of the new S102 trains of Renfe, a train-set Talgo 350 (AVE S-102) reached a speed of 365 km/h on the night of the 25th to the 26th of June, and on July 2006 a a train-set Siemens Velaro (AVE S-103) reached the highest top speed ever in Spain: 403.7 km/h (251 mph). This is a Spanish record for railed vehicles and a world record for unmodified commercial service trainsets, as the earlier TGV and ICE records were achieved with specially modified and shortened trainsets, and the Shinkansen (443 km/h, 1996) record was for a test (non-commercial) trainset. Tilting Amtrak Cascades passenger cars use the Talgo design. ... Bombardier Transportation is the rail equipment division of the Bombardier group. ... Tilting Amtrak Cascades passenger cars use the Talgo design. ... Siemens Velaro is a family of high-speed EMUs. ... JR-Maglev MLX01 at Yamanashi. ... For the group of heart conditions referred to as TGV, see transposition of the great vessels. ... ICE 3 trainset near Ingolstadt The InterCityExpress or ICE (German pronunciation: ) is a system of high-speed trains predominantly running in Germany and its neighbouring countries. ... 300 (left) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 The Shinkansen ) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by Japan Railways. ...


It is forecast that the AVE will substantially replace air traffic on the Barcelona - Madrid route (in the same way that the Eurostar has on the London-Paris/London-Brussels routes and France's TGV has on the Paris-Lyon route). In fact, more than 80% of travellers between Madrid and Seville use the AVE, and only less than 20% the airplane. A Eurostar on the CTRL going through the Medway Towns Eurostar is a train service connecting the UK with Paris (Gare du Nord), Lille and Brussels (Brussels South). ...


Construction of a segment to Valladolid, extension of the Seville line to Málaga, as well as similar extensions of the system to Valencia and Alicante are also underway. The AVE will connect with the French TGV network in 2009 with the opening of the LGV Perpignan-Figueres, allowing services to go to French destinations such as Marseille and Avignon. Another connection to the TGV is also planned, at either La Jonquera in Catalonia or Irun in the Basque Country. Further expansions to Galicia, the Basque Country (including the so-called Basque "Y" connecting the capitals of the three Basque provinces).The AVE Madrid-Lisbon line is currently being constructed, and it will include a significant international station in the border near the Spanish city of Badajoz The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... NO8DO (I was not abandoned) Location Coordinates : ( ) Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Sevilla (Spanish) Spanish name Sevilla Founded 8th-9th century BC Postal code 41001-41080 Website http://www. ... Location of Málaga Municipality Málaga Government  - Mayor Francisco de la Torre Prados Area  - City 385. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Alacant (Catalan) Spanish name Alicante Administration Country Autonomous Community Valencian Community Province Alicante Comarca Alacantí Administrative Divisions 8 Neighborhoods 42 Mayor Luis Díaz Alperi (PP) Geography Land Area 201. ... For the group of heart conditions referred to as TGV, see transposition of the great vessels. ... The LGV Perpignan-Figueres is an international high speed rail line which is currently under construction. ... City flag Coat of arms Motto: By her great deeds, the city of Massilia shines Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country Region Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur Department Bouches-du-Rhône (13) Subdivisions 16 arrondissements (in 8 secteurs) Intercommunality Urban Community of Marseille Provence M... City flag City coat of arms Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Région Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur Département Vaucluse (préfecture) Arrondissement Avignon Canton Chief town of 4 cantons Intercommunality Communauté dagglomération du Grand Avignon Mayor Marie-Josée Roig... La Jonquera (Catalan official name, La Junquera in Spanish) is a city in Catalonia, Spain, just by the border with France. ... Anthem: Capital Barcelona Official language(s) Catalan,Spanish and Aranese. ... Vigilantiae Custos Location Coordinates : Lat 43º 20 16. ... Pays Basque) see Northern Basque Country. ... Galicia (Spain) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Location    - Country Portugal    - Region Lisboa  - Subregion Grande Lisboa  - District or A.R. Lisbon Mayor Carmona Rodrigues  - Party PSD Area 84. ... Location Badajoz, Spain location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Badajoz (Spanish) Spanish name Badajoz Founded 875 Area code 34 (Spain) + 924 (Badajoz) Website http://www. ...


Also, new lines are being debated; for example, the line Soria-Calatayud; it would connect Soria with line Madrid-Barcelona in Calatayud. Soria is a city in north-central Spain, the capital of the province of Soria in the autonomous community of Castile-Leon. ... The tower of the Santa María church in mudéjar style. ...


Spanish government's ambitions

The Spanish government has an ambitious plan to have 7000 km (4350 miles) of high-speed rail operational by 2010, with all provincial capitals at most only 4 hours from Madrid, and 6.5 hours from Barcelona. Critics of this scheme point out that raising the average speed of Spain's regional trains would achieve a much greater global impact at much less cost. At present, there are some rural lines where average speeds barely exceed 60 km/h (37mph). The speed between some provincial capitals is little better; for example, it takes some 9h30min to cover the 784 km (487 miles) between León and Barcelona. Motto: (Spanish for From Madrid to Heaven) Location Coordinates: , Country Spain Autonomous Community Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Province Madrid Administrative Divisions 21 Neighborhoods 127 Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón Jimémez (PP) Area  - Land 607 km² (234. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) Postal code 08001–08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ... The city of León (Llión in the Leonese language), located at 42. ...


On the other hand there has been a great improvement of speed and time with trains that link Madrid with other capitals that do not have direct AVE connections, but that use the high speed line for most of the route, such as Huelva (4h50min), Cádiz (4h55min), Pamplona (3h30min) and Logroño (3h40min). Huelva is a city in southwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Huelva in the autonomous region of Andalusia. ... Location Location of Cádiz Coordinates : Time Zone : General information Native name Cádiz (Spanish) Spanish name Cádiz Postal code – Website http://www. ... Pamplona (Basque: Iruñea or Iruña) is the capital city of Navarre, Basque Country. ... Location within Rioja Media (La Rioja). ...


The construction of the high speed Madrid-Barcelona line encountered unforeseen geological problems, with the result that trains are not currently running at their full speed between Madrid and Lleida. Geologists have been particularly critical of the stretches built on weak clays in Aragon and large pits have appeared near the track. This latest AVE project has been plagued by major failures regarding signalling equipment, train speeds, and tunnel design. More recently, plans to build a shallow AVE tunnel under the fragile foundations of Barcelona's 19th century city centre instead of by a low-impact coastal route have incensed some 50,000 residents, threatening Barcelona's ex-mayor Joan Clos' political future as a result. Capital Zaragoza Official language(s) Spanish Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 4th  47,719 km²  9. ... Joan Clos has been Mayor of Barcelona since 1997. ...


Operational Lines

Currently, eight lines make up the AVE system:

  • AVE Larga Distancia (long distance) Madrid–Seville (Madrid, Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Córdoba, Seville)
  • AVE Larga Distancia Madrid–Zaragoza–Lleida–Camp de Tarragona (Madrid, Guadalajara, Calatayud, Zaragoza, Lleida, Tarragona)
  • AVE Larga Distancia Madrid–Zaragoza–Huesca (Madrid, Guadalajara, Calatayud, Zaragoza, Huesca)
  • AV Media Distancia (Mid distance) Madrid–Puertollano (Madrid, Ciudad Real, Puertollano)
  • AV Media Distancia (Mid distance) Madrid–Toledo.
  • AV Media Distancia (Mid distance) Córdoba–Seville.
  • AV Media Distancia (Mid distance) Córdoba–Antequera.
  • Talgo 200 Madrid-Málaga (Madrid, Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Córdoba, Puente Genil, Antequera, Málaga.

The central hub of the system is Madrid's Puerta de Atocha station. Motto: (Spanish for From Madrid to Heaven) Location Coordinates: , Country Spain Autonomous Community Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Province Madrid Administrative Divisions 21 Neighborhoods 127 Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón Jimémez (PP) Area  - Land 607 km² (234. ... Ciudad Real (Spanish for: Royal City) is a city in Castile-La Mancha, Spain. ... Puertollano is an industrial city in Ciudad Real Province, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. ... Location Coordinates : , , Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Córdoba (Spanish) Spanish name Córdoba Founded 8th century BC Postal code 140xx Website http://www. ... NO8DO (I was not abandoned) Location Coordinates : ( ) Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Sevilla (Spanish) Spanish name Sevilla Founded 8th-9th century BC Postal code 41001-41080 Website http://www. ... Location Coordinates: Country Spain Autonomous Community Castile-La Mancha Province Guadalajara Tows 5 (Guadalajara, Iriépal, Taracena, Usanos & Valdenoches) Founded 8th century, probably, by moors Government  - Mayor Jesús Alique (PSOE) Area  - Land 236 km² (91. ... The tower of the Santa María church in mudéjar style. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Zaragoza (Spanish) Spanish name Zaragoza Founded 24 Postal code 50001 - 50018 Website http://www. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Lleida (Catalan) Spanish name Lérida Founded 6th century BC Postal code 25XXX Website http://www. ... Tarragona (IPA: in Catalan) is a city located in the south of Catalonia, northeastern Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. ... Huesca (Aragonese Uesca, Catalan Osca) is a city in Aragon, Spain. ... For other uses, see Toledo (disambiguation). ... Antequera view Antequera (coordinates: ) is a city and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia (Sp: Andalucía). ... Location of Málaga Municipality Málaga Government  - Mayor Francisco de la Torre Prados Area  - City 385. ... Interior plaza in old Atocha station Exterior of old Atocha station For other uses, see Atocha (disambiguation). ...


Lines Under Construction

Northeastern Corridor

  • Tarragona-Barcelona-French Border line. Extension of the Madrid-Tarragona line. Tarragona-Barcelona subsegment will be operational before end of 2007. Barcelona-France subsegment is expected to be operational in 2009.

North-Northwestern Corridors

  • Madrid-Segovia-Valladolid line. Will be operational before end of 2007. Includes a 17.4-mile-long (28 km) tunnel that will be, upon completion, the fourth longest train tunnel in Europe, fifth worldwide. Valladolid will become the hub for all AVE lines connecting the north and the northwest of Spain with the rest of the country.
  • Bilbao-Vitoria-San Sebastian. Will connect the three Basque capitals in 2011. Planned connection with Madrid via Valladolid, and with the French border via Irún and Bayonne.
  • Variante de Pajares. Will cross a very mountainous area between León and Asturias. Planned extension to connect Valladolid with Oviedo and Gijón.
  • Eje Atlántico de Alta Velocidad (Atlantic line). Will connect all Galician coastal cities, including A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo, with the Portuguese border, and eventually, with Porto.
  • Ourense-Santiago de Compostela. First segment of the line that will connect Galicia and the Atlantic line with Madrid, via Valladolid.

Motto: (Spanish for From Madrid to Heaven) Location Coordinates: , Country Spain Autonomous Community Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid Province Madrid Administrative Divisions 21 Neighborhoods 127 Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón Jimémez (PP) Area  - Land 607 km² (234. ... The factual accuracy of part of this article is disputed. ... La Muy Noble y Muy Leal e Invicta (The most noble and most loyal and undefeated) Location Location of Bilbao in Spain and Biscay Coordinates : 43,15° n. ... Haec est Victoria quae vincit (This is Victoria which triumphed) Location Location of Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain Coordinates : 42°51′ N 2°41′ O Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spanish) Spanish name Vitoria-Gasteiz Founded 1181 Postal code 01001-01080... ... Dont confuse Irun with Iruñea, the Basque name of Pamplona. ... Bayonne (French: Bayonne, pronounced ; Gascon Occitan and Basque: Baiona) is a city and commune of southwest France at the confluence of the Nive and Adour rivers, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ... León province León (Llión in Asturian-leonese language) is a province of northwestern Spain, in the northwestern part of the autonomous community of Castile and León. ... Anthem: Asturias, patria querida Capital Oviedo Official language(s) Spanish; Asturian has special status Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 10th  10,604 km²  2. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name A Coruña (Galician) Spanish name La Coruña Postal code 15xxx Area code 34 (Spain) + 981 (A Coruña) Website http://www. ... Location Location of Santiago de Compostela Coordinates : Time Zone : General information Native name Santiago de Compostela (Galician) Spanish name Santiago de Compostela Postal code 15700 Website http://www. ... Location Location of Vigo Coordinates : Time Zone : General information Native name Vigo (Galician) Spanish name Vigo Nickname La Ciudad Olvica (The Olive City) Postal code 36xxx Website http://www. ... Location    - Country Portugal    - Region Norte  - Subregion Grande Porto  - District or A.R. Porto Mayor Rui Rio  - Party PSD Area 41. ... Location Location of Ourense Coordinates : Time Zone : General information Native name Ourense (Galician) Spanish name Orense Website http://www. ... Location Location of Santiago de Compostela Coordinates : Time Zone : General information Native name Santiago de Compostela (Galician) Spanish name Santiago de Compostela Postal code 15700 Website http://www. ... Galicia (Spain) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Southern Corridor

  • Antequera-Málaga line. Last segment to be completed in the Madrid-Málaga line. Expected December 2007

Antequera view Antequera (coordinates: ) is a city and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia (Sp: Andalucía). ... Location of Málaga Municipality Málaga Government  - Mayor Francisco de la Torre Prados Area  - City 385. ...

Southwest - Portuguese Corridor

  • Cáceres-Mérida-Badajoz-Lisbon line. Will connect the two peninsular capitals in 3 hours, connecting the southwest region of Extremadura to the High Speed network. This line has been an important matter in bilateral summits during the last years. Spanish track should be completed around 2010 and the Portuguese one around 2015.It is not clear if there will finally be a station in the Spanish town of Mérida.

The following places are called Cáceres: The Cáceres province in Spain. ... Places named Mérida or Merida include: Mexico Mérida, Yucatán, capital city of the state of Yucatán Philippines Mérida, Leyte, a municipality in Leyte province Spain Mérida, Spain, capital city of the Extremadura Autonomous Community Venezuela Mérida, Mérida, capital city of the state... Location Badajoz, Spain location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Badajoz (Spanish) Spanish name Badajoz Founded 875 Area code 34 (Spain) + 924 (Badajoz) Website http://www. ... Location    - Country Portugal    - Region Lisboa  - Subregion Grande Lisboa  - District or A.R. Lisbon Mayor Carmona Rodrigues  - Party PSD Area 84. ... Capital Mérida Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 5th  41 634 km²  8,2% Population  â€“ Total (2005)  â€“ % of Spain  â€“ Density Ranked 12th  1 083 879  2,5%  26,03/km² Demonym  â€“ English  â€“ Spanish  â€”  extremeño/a, castúo Statute of Autonomy February 26, 1983 ISO 3166-2 EX Parliamentary representation... Places named Mérida or Merida include: Mexico Mérida, Yucatán, capital city of the state of Yucatán Philippines Mérida, Leyte, a municipality in Leyte province Spain Mérida, Spain, capital city of the Extremadura Autonomous Community Venezuela Mérida, Mérida, capital city of the state...

Eastern Corridor

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Projected lines

According to the Strategic Plan for train infrastructures developed by the Spanish 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 plan has a ten-year scope, ending 2020, and its ambition is to make the 300 km/h (186 mph) network reach 10,000 km (6215 miles) by the end of that year, the most extensive in Europe, with several operational links with France and Portugal. This plan is by far the most ambitious in the European Union.


External links

  • High Speed trains in Spain
  • AVE fan pages (last updated: 1999)
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High-speed trains: Acela ExpressAlfa PendularAVEElettroTrenoRapido 4xxInterCityExpress • JR-Maglev MLX01 • HST • HSR-350x • PendolinoShinkansenTGVTransrapid • Treno Alta Velocità • X2000 French designed Eurostar and Thalys TGVs side-by-side in the Paris-Gare du Nord. ... Acela Express (often called simply Acela, leading to early confusion with the Acela Regional and Acela Commuter) is the name used by Amtrak for the high-speed tilting train service operating between Washington, D.C. and Boston via New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in... http://www. ... ETR (ElettroTreno) is a series of italian high-speed trains. ... ICE 3 trainset near Ingolstadt The InterCityExpress or ICE (German pronunciation: ) is a system of high-speed trains predominantly running in Germany and its neighbouring countries. ... JR-Maglev, MLX01, at Yamanashi JR-Maglev, MLX01 (X means Experimental), is a magnetic levitation train system developed by the Japan Railway Technical Reasearch Institute (association of Japan Railway Group), composed of a maximum 5 cars to run on the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... HSR-350x (한국형 고속철도, high-speed rail 350x), also known as Korean G-7 (Korean G7), is the experimental high speed train which is recently developed and created purely and independently by South Korea. ... Pendolino (from Italian Pendolo [pndolo] Pendulum and -ino, a diminutive suffix) is an Italian family of tilting trains used in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Finland, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom,Switzerland and China. ... 300 (left) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 The Shinkansen ) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by Japan Railways. ... For the group of heart conditions referred to as TGV, see transposition of the great vessels. ... Transrapid at the Emsland test facility Transrapid is a German monorail system using magnetic levitation. ... Treno Alta Velocità SpA is special purpose entity owned by RFI for planning and construction of high-speed rail lines (TAV) along Italys most important and saturated transport routes. ... X 2000 is the brand name of Swedens tilting 200 km/h high-speed train class X2, which is operated by SJ. It was launched in 1990 as a first-class only train with a meal included in the ticket price, and free use of the trains fax...

High-speed lines: Beijing-Tianjin • CTRL (London-Channel Tunnel) • Cologne-Aachen
Cologne-Frankfurt • French LGV lines • Hanover-Würzburg • Northeast Corridor (Boston-Washington DC)
Nuremberg-Ingolstadt • HSL 1 (Brussels-Paris)HSL 2 (Leuven-Ans)HSL 3 (Liège-Aachen)
HSL 4 (Brussels-Netherlands) • HSL-Zuid (Netherlands) • Japanese Shinkansen lines • Taiwan High Speed Rail

By country: ArgentinaBelgiumCanadaChinaFranceGermanyItalyJapanSouth KoreaNorwayPortugalSpainTaiwan (ROC)TurkeyUnited KingdomUnited States (CA · FL · OH · NY · TX · Southeast · NortheastMidwest)Other Beijing-Tianjin high-speed rail (京津城际轨道交通) will be a high-speed rail system between Beijing and Tianjin. ... “CTRL” redirects here. ... The Cologne–Aachen high-speed line is the German part of the Trans-European transport networks project high-speed line Paris–Brussels–Cologne. It is not a newly built railway line, but a project to upgrade the existing railway line which was opened in 1841 by the Rheinische Eisenbahn railway... Lahn bridge near Limburg The Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line (in German: Neubaustrecke Köln-Rhein/Main) is a 177 km long railway line in Germany, connecting the cities of Cologne and Frankfurt. ... Wälsebachtalbrücke Bridge near Barnten The Hanover - Würzburg high-speed rail line was the first of several high-speed railway lines for InterCityExpress traffic that were built in Germany. ... Most of the NEC (those sections shown in red, except Boston to the Rhode Island state line) is owned by Amtrak. ... 72,4 Reichertshofen (Oberbayern) 60,2 Rohrbach (Ilm) 49,7 Pfaffenhofen (Ilm) 43,8 Reichertshausen (Ilm) 40,2 Paindorf 36,4 Petershausen (Oberbayern) 17,8 Dachau Bahnhof 0,0 München Hauptbahnhof The Nuremberg-Munich high-speed rail line is a railway line in southern Germany, linking the cities of... The HSL 1 is a Belgian high speed rail line which connects Brussels with the French border. ... The HSL 2 is a Belgian high-speed rail line between Leuven and Ans. ... The HSL 3 is a Belgian high-speed rail line currently under construction which will connect Liège to the German border. ... The HSL 4 is a Belgian high-speed rail line currently under construction which will connect Brussels to the Dutch border. ... The Hogesnelheidslijn Zuid usually shortened to HSL-Zuid, is a Dutch high-speed train line under construction (completion expected in 2007). ... 300 (left) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 The Shinkansen ) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by Japan Railways. ... The Taiwan High Speed Rail (Traditional Chinese: , also known as the THSR) is Taiwans high-speed rail network, running approximately from Taipei City to Kaohsiung City, which began operations on January 5, 2007. ... This article provides of a list of operating High-speed rail networks, listed by country. ... The Taiwan High Speed Rail (Traditional Chinese: , also known as the THSR) is Taiwans high-speed rail network, running approximately from Taipei City to Kaohsiung City, which began operations on January 5, 2007. ... California High Speed Rail is a proposed high speed rail system in the state of California. ... Florida High Speed Rail would have been the first to use Bombardiers JetTrain technology. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... High-speed rail in New York is in its infant stages. ... This map from 2001 shows a number of proposed high–speed routes in the U.S. High-speed rail in the United States is more a case of hope than reality. ... Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR) is a passenger rail transportation project in the United States to connect with existing high speed rail corridor from Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, DC known as the Northeast Corridor (served by Amtraks Acela Express and Regional services and many commuter railroads) and extend... Acela Express (often called simply Acela, leading to early confusion with the Acela Regional and Acela Commuter) is the name used by Amtrak for the high-speed tilting train service operating between Washington, D.C. and Boston via New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in... Route map The Midwest Regional Rail Initiative or Midwest Regional Rail System (MRRI, MWRRI, or MWRRS) is a plan to implement a high-speed rail network in the Midwestern United States, using Chicago, Illinois as a hub and including 3,000 miles (5,000 km) of track. ... This article provides of planned or proposed High-speed rail projects, listed by country. ...


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