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Madrid - Barcelona at 310 km/h with ETCS Level 2 18 October 2011
SPAIN: The journey times of four high speed services between Madrid and Barcelona are to be cut to 2 h 30 min from October 24, following the commissioning of ETCS Level 2 signalling between Madrid and Lleida.

... From October 24 the 07.00 departure from Madrid Atocha will arrive at Barcelona Sants at 09.30, 13 min earlier than at present. The 06.30 service from Barcelona will arrive in Madrid at 09.00. Evening depatures comprise a 17.00 service from Madrid arriving in Barcelona at 19.30, and a 17.30 Barcelona - Madrid service arriving at 20.00.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Wed Oct 19th, 2011 at 01:05:15 PM EST
And NOW I want to know what it will cost. I've been only to Barcelona in Spain, and am anxious to see more of it.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Oct 19th, 2011 at 01:16:45 PM EST
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Barcelona-Madrid is anywhere from 50 to 250 Euro each way depending on what class you want and when you book. You can check on renfe.com (and they seem to have an English option, unlike the Copenhagen-Malmo train which I recently had to book in Swedish....)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Oct 19th, 2011 at 01:37:19 PM EST
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If you book Köpenhamn-Malmö from the Swedish operator SJ they have an english version.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Oct 19th, 2011 at 03:27:21 PM EST
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ETCS L2 from Madrid to Lleida, commissioned after altogether 9 years of delays... It must be said that ETCS L2 is used at speeds of up to 300 km/h on Italian lines for almost 6 years now, however, Spanish authorities said three years ago that they want to implement it only when operational stability is given, so the real test to confirm reliability comes now.

ETCS is still far from becoming the EU-wide norm on even just the main transit routes, but at least it seems to be working now both in L1 and L2. I hope I can write a bit more about this in a diary when I'm back from a short holiday (Monday or Tuesday).

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

by DoDo on Thu Oct 20th, 2011 at 01:38:37 AM EST
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