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The mountain-crossing section of the Madrid-Valencia line is also noteworthy for a tragicomedic legal battle. A timebomb from Aznar times (when every project was rushed), the section's environmental study was annulled by courts, on multiple instances, because it just didn't address the impact on a traversed natural reserve(!). All the while, construction was on-going and is now practically finished. (Google Translate is not enough for me to get the legal niceties.)

A little to the west from the Viaduct of Istmo, the Madrid_Valencia line crosses the Contreras Reservoir over the Contreras Viaduct (main span: 261 m, 37 m high); again with ADIF's class 355 diesel test train. Photo via user Dutch Mentor from URBANITY.ES.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 17th, 2009 at 03:45:24 PM EST
Google Translate is not enough for me to get the legal niceties.

Link?

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 17th, 2009 at 04:30:52 PM EST
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Multiple articles I 'read' over the time... I believe this was the last (but surely not the last development).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 17th, 2009 at 05:23:20 PM EST
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Today, 250 km/h traffic officially started in another country: Russia. The Sapsan (Siemens Velaro RUS, a descendant of the German ICE3) run on the upgraded Moscow-St. Petersburg mainline. However, I don't know any details: e.g. which parts of the line are fit for the new top speed, how much of that the trains are actually scheduled run at top speed, and what if any technical obstacles (signalling, tolerances, maintenance) might throw a hammer in the works.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Dec 17th, 2009 at 05:15:27 PM EST
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Eh, the above comment would have been better placed in the previous diary, now re-posted. For relevance in this diary: Russia is planning a network of dedicated 300-350 km/h high-speed lines since the Yeltsin era (the Sapsan have the top speed to run on them); but I haven't read about any substantial progress on this, either.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 03:08:38 AM EST
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