Spain - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Obscure services
- 2.1 La Pereda Riosa – Soto de Rey
- 2.2 Villallana – Ujo
- 2.3 El Berrón curves
- 2.4 Llovio – Ribadesella Puerto
- 2.5 Amorebieta Geltokia – Amorebieta Geralekua
- 2.6 Hendaye (France) – Irún (standard/broad gauge)
- 2.7 Altsasu triangle
- 2.8 Vilagarcía de Arousa – Pontecesures – Osebe (Bif. Angueira)
- 2.9 Pontevedra (Bif. San Amaro) – Portela – Vilagarcia de Arousa (Faxil)
- 2.10 Arcade (Bif. Arcade) – Redondela – Vigo
- 2.11 Guillarei
- 2.12 León avoiding line: Sahagún (Bif. Rio Bernesga) – La Robla (Bif. Torneros) [C - D]
- 2.13 Segovia Guiomar (Bif. Cambiador Valdestillas) – Valdestillas cambiador de ancho – Valdestillas
- 2.14 Medina del Campo – Zamora – Carbajales de Alba (Bif. del Bolón)
- 2.15 Medina del Campo AV – Campillo (Bif. Arroyo de La Golosa)
- 2.16 Venta de Baños – Bif. Cerrato – Villamuriel de Cerrato cambiador de ancho – Palencia (Villalobón)
- 2.17 Venta de Baños avoiding line: Palencia (Villalobón) – Magaz
- 2.18 Venta de Baños – Magaz
- 2.19 Miranda de Ebro avoiding line: Pancorbo (Bif de Rioja) – Haro (Bif. Castilla)
- 2.20 Miranda de Ebro – Pobes
- 2.21 Guadalajara Yebes (Bif. Cambiador Plasencia de Jalón) – Plasencia de Jalón cambiador de ancho – Grisén (Cambiador de Plasencia-Aguja km 308.6)
- 2.22 Zaragoza avoiding line: Grisén – Cabañas de Ebro
- 2.23 Zaragoza (Bif. Huesca) – Tardienta
- 2.24 Zaragoza avoiding line ‘Ronda Sur’ (standard gauge): (Bif. Moncasi – Bif. Canal Imperial)
- 2.25 Lleida avoiding line: (Bif. les Torres de Sanui – Bif. Artesa de Lleida)
- 2.26 (Martorell –) Castellbisbal (Castellbisbal-Agujas Rubi) – Rubi
- 2.27 El Pedroso de Armuña – Cantalapiedra – Fresno el Viejo
- 2.28 Plasencia avoiding line: Monfragüe – Mirabel (Monfragüe Aguja km. 255.4)
- 2.29 Madrid: Las Rozas Triangle
- 2.30 (Madrid Chamartín –) Fuente de la Mora (Hortaleza) – San Fernando de Henares
- 2.31 Madrid Chamartín – Sol – Madrid Atocha Cercanías
- 2.32 Madrid Chamartín – Recoletos – Madrid Atocha Cercanías
- 2.33 Madrid Atocha Cercanías – Atocha cambiador de ancho – Madrid Puerta de Atocha
- 2.34 Museo del Ferrocarril (Paseo de las Delicias) – Bif. Museo – Madrid Santa Catalina – Villaverde Bajo – San Cristóbal Industrial
- 2.35 Madrid Atocha avoiding line: Guadalajara Yebes (Vallecas A.V.-Aguja km 12.3) – Ciudad Real Central (Los Gavilanes-Aguja km 13.4: Bif. Valdemingomez)
- 2.36 Madrid Atocha avoiding line (Torrejón de Velasco curve): Ciudad Real (Yeles Aguja km 13.4) – Cuenca Fernando Zóbel (Bif. Blancales)
- 2.37 Variante de Vandellós: Camp de Tarragona/Vila-Seca – L'Ametlla de Mar (Vandellós)
- 2.38 València Area
- 2.39 Moixent (Bif. Alacant) – Caudete
- 2.40 Xàtiva – Moixent
- 2.41 Sevilla Area
- 2.41.1 [Córdoba –] La Rinconada (Majarabique) – Majarabique cambiador de ancho – Sevilla Santa Justa (Bif. Los Naranjos)
- 2.41.2 [Córdoba –] La Rinconada (Majarabique) – Majarabique cambiador de ancho – Carrión de los Céspedes (Bif. San Jerónimo)
- 2.41.3 [La Rinconada (Majarabique) –] Bif. Tamarguillo – Bif. La Negrilla and La Salud-Aguja km. 10,2 – La Salud
- 2.42 Linares-Baeza (Espeluy-Aguja Km. 338.8) – Espeluy (Espeluy-Aguja Km. 340.1)
- 2.43 Antequera-Santa Ana / Bobadilla Area
- 3 Other sparse services
- 4 Deletions since previous edition
- 5 See also
Spain does not necessarily change its timetables in line with other European countries. Individual regions not infrequently change their timetables on a date convenient for them. This list is based on the timetable in effect from 15 December 2019.
No official downloadable timetable is available for RENFE. Route numbers shown on the relevant map are given for the RENFE Cercanias network plus where possible Timetable numbers from the European Rail Timetable [ex Thomas Cook]. Standard abbreviations used are explained in General Information.
In the heading to each entry, the map references - prefixed by 'ERA' - refer to the European Railway Atlas 2017 All Europe - Concise Edition (M.G.Ball; published by European Railway Atlas)
La Pereda Riosa – Soto de Rey
[Asturias C1, ERT685] (ERA 20A1) ES20/1
South of the Soto de Rey (El Portazgo) triangle on the León - Oviedo main line, there are two separate reversibly signalled single tracks following different routes: the longer via the river valley, serving Olloniego station; the shorter via the 2.6 km "new tunnel" (number 83 bis) with no intermediate station. The longer route must be used by Cercanías C-1 trains booked to call at Olloniego; other trains tend to use the "new tunnel" route - although either route can be used if required for train regulation purposes.
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Villallana – Ujo
[Asturias C1, ERT685] (ERA 20B1) ES20/2
On this section of the León - Oviedo main line there are two separate reversibly signalled single tracks (without intermediate stations) following different routes: the original (and longer) via the river valley and the shorter via the 2.5 km "new tunnel" (number 81 bis) further west. Normally, southbound Cercanías trains run via the old route and all other trains via the tunnel.
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El Berrón curves
(ERA 20A1) ES20/3
Since the absorption of FEVE by RENFE, production of timetable PDFs has ceased. Train services must be identified using the RENFE former FEVE services Journey Planner.
The Oviedo - Santander and Gijón - Laviana lines cross here on the level. Connecting curves exist in all four angles, although the east <=> south curve runs through the works and cannot be considered a proper running line. Two of the other three curves are used by regular passenger trains:
- the west <=> north curve is used by direct services between Oviedo and Noreña which run Mondays to Saturdays only; most of these run to/from Gijón.
- the west <=> south curve is used Mondays to Fridays only by through four Laviana - Oviedo round trips; look for Laviana services not requiring a change at El Berrón.
Llovio – Ribadesella Puerto
(ERA 20A4, not shown) ES20/4
This branch is used on the first Saturday in August each year (8 August 2020) for an excursion Tren Fluvial from Oviedo (dep normally 08:10) in connection with the annual river canoe race - La Fiesta de las Piraguas - from Arriondas (starting at noon) to Ribadesella. However, it is possible that the train may be withdrawn owing to the poor condition of the Ribadesella Puerto branch.
The train is very popular and has consisted of as many as 20 coaches in the past, albeit only 7 in 2018. Prior reservation is essential as only passengers with special tickets are admitted to the train.
Amorebieta Geltokia – Amorebieta Geralekua
(ERA 22A1) ES20/5
Almost all trains to or from the Bermeo branch run direct to Bilbao and use the west <=> north curve avoiding Amorebieta Geltokia (the main line station). Overnight on Sunday mornings a two-hourly shuttle operates instead between Amorebieta Geltokia and Bermeo using the east-facing curve; for times see the EuskoTren timetable.
Hendaye (France) – Irún (standard/broad gauge)
[ERT 689] (ERA 22A1) ES20/6
There have been no standard gauge services from Hendaye to Irún since December 2017. The only cross-border services are now all broad gauge.
|Hotel 313||18:35 Hendaye - Lisboa Santa Apolonia|
|Hotel 310||Lisboa Santa Apolonia - 11:23 Irún - Hendaye|
|Until 15 March||IC 280||A Coruña - 21:17 Irún - Hendaye|
Trains to Hendaye from Spain stop at Irun to set down only. Passengers wishing to connect between SNCF trains at Hendaye and other RENFE ones at Irun need to use the EuskoTren service to cross the border.
Note that train IC 280 will be withdrawn w.e.f. 15 March with an alleged Irun - Vigo Talgo replacement.
[ERT653] (ERA 22B1) ES20/7
All three sides of this triangle carry passenger trains. Those using the north <=> west and east <=> west curves are quite easily determined from the journey planner. The north <=> east curve is used only by trains between Pamplona and San Sebastián/Donostia or Irún.
Vilagarcía de Arousa – Pontecesures – Osebe (Bif. Angueira)
[ERT680] (ERA 20B2) ES20/8
The original line is now a 28 km loop off the Vigo - A Coruña high speed line, serving Catoira, Pontecesures and Padrón and used only by Regionales services. MD (Media Distancia) services run via the high speed line.
Pontevedra (Bif. San Amaro) – Portela – Vilagarcia de Arousa (Faxil)
[ERT680] (ERA 20B2) ES20/9
A 4.5 km loop off the Vigo - A Coruña high speed line, on the original formation, serves Portela. The original section of line south of this is completely closed and northwards is a dead end freight branch. The one train each way calling at Portela uses this loop.
The stop at Portela is "discrecional" (i.e. on request). On a journey in October 2018, nobody requested the Portela stop in either direction, so this line may be considered at risk.
|12488||18:20 Vigo Guixar - Santiago de Compostela|
|12441||19:08 A Coruña - Vigo Guixar|
Arcade (Bif. Arcade) – Redondela – Vigo
[ERT680, 682, 696] (ERA 20B2) ES20/10
There are two routes from Arcade, each serving a different station in Vigo.
- The high speed line running mainly in tunnel via Redondela AV (Alta Velocidad) to the new Vigo Urzaiz station, on the site of the former passenger terminus but below ground level. This line is used only by electric trains between Vigo and Santiago de Compostela (- A Coruña).
- The original line via Redondela, utilising the formerly goods branch to Vigo docks and running to Vigo Guixar station, which opened on 28 August 2011 on closure of the former terminus. This line is used by diesel trains between Vigo and Santiago de Compostela and also (but only between Vigo and Redondela) all other trains to and from Vigo Guixar.
[ERT696] (ERA 20B2) ES20/11
The line from (Porto –) Valença do Minho [Portugal] joins the Vigo – Ourense main line at Guillarei. There is also a curve avoiding Guillarei.
The two curves are used by the following trains:
- O Porriño (Guillarei-Aguja km. 141.6) – Tui (Guillarei-Aguja km. 0.9)
This curve avoiding Guillarei enables trains to run direct between Vigo and Tui without reversing. It is used by the twice daily through Trencelta services between Vigo and Porto Campanha, which run non-stop between Vigo and Valença do Minho.
- Guillarei – Tui (Guillarei-Aguja km. 0.9)
This curve is used by twice daily Regional Express services between Vigo and Valença do Minho, which reverse at Guillarei.
León avoiding line: Sahagún (Bif. Rio Bernesga) – La Robla (Bif. Torneros) [C - D]
[ERT685] (ERA 20B4) ES20/12
This curve is used by the following trains, which do not call at León.
Note that the new through station at León may open some time in 2020. This will almost certainly result in all trains, even those not calling at León, running via the station and this curve consequently losing its trains.
|SX||4141||Madrid Chamartin - 15:54 Valladolid - Gijón|
|FO||4171||17:15 Madrid Chamartin - Gijón|
|SuX||4070||Gijón - 07:30 Oviedo - Madrid Chamartin|
|SuO||4160||Gijón - 16:50 Oviedo - Madrid Chamartin|
|SuO||4380||Gijón - 18:30 Oviedo - Madrid Chamartin|
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Segovia Guiomar (Bif. Cambiador Valdestillas) – Valdestillas cambiador de ancho – Valdestillas
[ERT689] (ERA 20C4, not shown) ES20/13
This 2 km connection links the high speed line and the broad gauge line south of Valladolid. It is used by all high speed trains between Madrid and the Burgos line. Note that this route will no longer be required when the high speed line to Burgos opens, possibly in the summer of 2020, and is thus likely to go out of use.
Medina del Campo – Zamora – Carbajales de Alba (Bif. del Bolón)
[ERT680] (ERA 20C4) ES20/14
This broad gauge line, the previous main line to Galicia, is used by one Regionales train each way. Alvia services use the high speed line from Medina del Campo AV. Note that Bif. del Bolón is west of Zamora, so travellers need to continue beyond Zamora to cover the line.
|18322||Valladolid - 17:59 Medina del Campo - Puebla de Sanabria|
|18321||07:02 Puebla de Sanabria - Valladolid|
Medina del Campo AV – Campillo (Bif. Arroyo de La Golosa)
[ERT679] (ERA 20C4) ES20/15
This connection is used by Alvia/Avant services, but no others, between Madrid and Salamanca, which change gauge before joining the broad gauge Salamanca line at Bif. Arroyo de La Golosa.
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Venta de Baños – Bif. Cerrato – Villamuriel de Cerrato cambiador de ancho – Palencia (Villalobón)
[ERT684] (ERA 20C4, not shown) ES20/16
This connection links the high speed line from Valladolid with Palencia - via both the high speed line and the broad gauge line from Burgos. Although it is laid out with a grade separated junction at Venta de Baños, it appears to be operated as two separate single lines:
- The western line (which would normally be the southbound line) continues to Palencia and onwards to León. It is used by all high speed trains between Madrid and the León line.
- The eastern line (which would normally be the northbound line) runs to the Villamuriel de Cerrato gauge changer and joins the 'classic' broad gauge line to Palencia. It is used by all high speed trains between Madrid and the Santander line.
It is thought that the crossovers at Bif. Cerrato, which would enable the line to be operated as a conventional double track line, are not yet in use. The compilers would be grateful for any observations on the routing of the trains.
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Venta de Baños avoiding line: Palencia (Villalobón) – Magaz
[ERT681] (ERA 20B5) ES20/17
This east <=> west line avoiding Venta de Baños on the north side is used by trains between Burgos and Palencia. Note that high speed trains will presumably cease to use this line when the high speed line to Burgos opens, possibly in the summer of 2020.
Venta de Baños – Magaz
[ERT689] (ERA 20B5) ES20/18
This line is used by direct trains between Valladolid Campo Grande and Burgos which do not call (and reverse) at Palencia. Note that high speed trains will cease to use this line when the high speed line to Burgos opens, possibly in the summer of 2020.
Miranda de Ebro avoiding line: Pancorbo (Bif de Rioja) – Haro (Bif. Castilla)
[ERT650a, 653] (ERA 22B1) ES20/19
This west <=> south curve is used by trains between Logroño and Burgos which do not call at Miranda de Ebro:
|SX||921||A Coruña/Vigo - 02:17 Burgos Rosa de Lima (SuX) - Barcelona Sants|
|SX||922||Barcelona Sants - 01:05 Logroño (SuX) - A Coruña/Vigo|
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Miranda de Ebro – Pobes
[ERT653, 689] (ERA 22B1, not shown) ES20/20
The branch from Miranda de Ebro to Bilbao forms what appears to be a conventional burrowing junction with the line to Irún but is in fact two separate single lines - a "short" inside curve and a "long" curve, which runs behind the depot and works and under the Irún line.
The platforms at Miranda de Ebro are numbered from 1 to 12 north to south. The station buildings are situated on the main island, whose north face is platform 4 and south side is platform 6. In early 2017 all services were booked to use platforms 4 or 6.
- Trains using platforms 1 - 4 must run via the "short" curve.
- Trains using platforms 8 - 12 must run via the "long" curve.
- Trains using platform 6 can run via either curve but are more likely to use the "long" curve as use of the "short" curve requires the train to cross the layout on the flat at the east end of the station.
In early 2017 the following trains were booked to use platform 4; all others were booked to use platform 6. The compilers would greatly appreciate information on the current use of the platforms. However, it is not unusual for trains to use a platform (and possibly also the route) other than that booked.
|SuX||4187||Madrid Chamartin - 11:35 Miranda de Ebro - Bilbao Abando|
|SX||4267||Madrid Chamartin - 19:48 Miranda de Ebro - Bilbao Abando|
|SuX||4186||Bilbao Abando - 09:45 Llodio - Madrid Chamartin|
|SX||4266||Bilbao Abando - 17:23 Llodio - Madrid Chamartin|
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Guadalajara Yebes (Bif. Cambiador Plasencia de Jalón) – Plasencia de Jalón cambiador de ancho – Grisén (Cambiador de Plasencia-Aguja km 308.6)
[ERT650a] (ERA 22C2) ES20/21
This connection links the high speed line west of Zaragoza with the ‘classic’ main line. It is used by through Alvia services between Madrid Atocha and either Logroño or Pamplona, not calling at Zaragoza.
Zaragoza avoiding line: Grisén – Cabañas de Ebro
[ERT650a] (ERA 22B2) ES20/22
This line links the Calatayud and Tudela de Navarra lines west of Zaragoza. It is used by through Alvia services between Madrid Atocha and either Logroño or Pamplona, not calling at Zaragoza.
Zaragoza (Bif. Huesca) – Tardienta
[ERT652, 670] (ERA 22C2-B2) ES20/23
There is both a broad gauge and a standard gauge line between Zaragoza and Tardienta. The standard gauge dives under the broad gauge line at Miraflores (not shown in the Ball atlas) and then parallels it all the way as a single line on the west side. However, it takes a slightly different alignment at San Juan de Mozarrifar where a 2km long embankment and flyover carries it over the freight-only branch to the military installation at San Gregorio which heads westwards here.
The standard gauge line is used by the daily through AVE service (2 trains on Fridays and Sundays) between Madrid and Huesca. All other trains use the broad gauge line.
Note that the Tardienta - Huesca line consists of a dual gauge single track.
Zaragoza avoiding line ‘Ronda Sur’ (standard gauge): (Bif. Moncasi – Bif. Canal Imperial)
[ERT650] (ERA 22C2) ES20/24
This 21km long line forms part of the Madrid - Barcelona high speed line, bypassing Zaragoza to the south. It is used by high speed trains between Madrid and Barcelona not calling at Zaragoza.
Lleida avoiding line: (Bif. les Torres de Sanui – Bif. Artesa de Lleida)
[ERT650] (ERA 22C3) ES20/25
This 14 km long line carries the Madrid - Barcelona high speed line to the south of Lleida Pirineus station. It is used by high speed trains between Madrid/Zaragoza and Barcelona not calling at Lleida.
(Martorell –) Castellbisbal (Castellbisbal-Agujas Rubi) – Rubi
[Barcelona R8] (ERA 22A5) ES20/26
The line running westwards from (Mollet St. Fost -) Rubi splits at its western end and makes two triangular junctions with the Barcelona - Martorell Central line. The divergence at Rubi is not an actual junction and the lines west of there are unidirectional single lines: the more northerly line carries westbound traffic and the more southerly line carries eastbound traffic. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
- Trains towards Martorell use the east <=> north curve of the more northerly line: Rubi – Bif. Papiol – Castellbisbal-Agujas Rubi.
- Trains from Martorell head south towards El Papiol and then take the north <=> east curve of the more southerly triangle: Castellbisbal-Agujas Rubi – Aguja km 79.347 – Aguja km 4.104 – Rubi.
El Pedroso de Armuña – Cantalapiedra – Fresno el Viejo
[ERT689] (ERA 20C4) ES20/27
Most trains between Madrid/Medina del Campo and Salamanca do not call at Cantalapiedra and hence no doubt use the avoiding line, ca 2 km in length, which bypasses a sharp curve west of Cantalapiedra station. However, travellers should check for the possibility of two trains crossing here even if neither is booked to call. In this case it has been observed that one of the trains runs via the station and waits there. The only trains booked to call at Cantalapiedra are
|SSuX||18300||07:35 Valladolid - Salamanca La Alamadilla|
|18308||13:35 Palencia - Salamanca La Alamadilla|
|18318||18:56 Valladolid - Salamanca La Alamadilla|
|18302||07:12 Salamanca - Valladolid|
|18306||14:00 Salamanca - Palencia|
|18312||20:50 Salamanca - Valladolid|
Plasencia avoiding line: Monfragüe – Mirabel (Monfragüe Aguja km. 255.4)
[ERT677] (ERA 21A4) ES20/28
Most trains reverse at Plasencia, using the east <=> north and north <=> south curves west of Monfragüe, but these trains use the third (east <=> south) side of the triangle.
|194||Madrid Chamartín - 19:05 Monfragüe - Badajoz|
|SSuX||197||Badajoz - 09:43 Mirabel - Madrid Chamartín|
|SSuO||199||Badajoz - 11:14 Mirabel - Madrid Chamartín|
Madrid: Las Rozas Triangle
[Madrid C3a, C7, C8, C10] (ERA 23B4) ES20/28A
The line from Madrid Chamartín makes a triangular junction with the original Norte main line from Madrid Principe Pio to north western Spain. The Norte is the only company which had left hand running. The line from Chamartín, built in the 1950s has right hand running, like most of the Spanish network, and the line into Principe Pio was converted to right hand running. All three junctions at the triangle are grade separated and the connections from Pinar de las Rozas, at the north western apex, switch sides in order to give right hand running into Chamartín and Principe Pio. This results in a complex layout in this area.
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(Madrid Chamartín –) Fuente de la Mora (Hortaleza) – San Fernando de Henares
[Madrid C2, ERT651] (ERA 23B5) ES20/29
This line is used by Media Distancia services between Madrid Chamartín and Guadalajara (mostly to/from Arcos de Jalón or Soria) not calling at Madrid Atocha Cercanías. Between Chamartín and Hortaleza it is common with Cercanías routes C1 and C10 to Aeropuerto T4.
Local (Cercanías) trains on route C2 normally run via Madrid Atocha and Vallecas. However, some Monday - Friday trains run via Fuente de la Mora. These can be identified by having a significantly shorter journey time (about 20 minutes) between Chamartín and Torrejón de Ardoz (and stations east of there) than those via Atocha.
Madrid Chamartín – Sol – Madrid Atocha Cercanías
(ERA 23B5) ES20/30
This line via the tunnel opened on 9 July 2008 is connected to platforms 5 - 7 at Atocha Cercanías and to platforms 1 - 6 at Chamartín. Platform 5 at Atocha Cercanías and Platform 6 at Chamartín are connected also to ES20/31. It is used by all Cercanías services on routes C3 (El Escorial/Chamartín - Atocha - Aranjuez) and C4 (Colmenar Viejo/Alcobendas - Parla).
The routing of Regionales and Grandes Lineas services between Chamartín and Atocha Cercanías via either ES20/30 or ES20/31 is dependent on platform usage at both stations.
Madrid Chamartín – Recoletos – Madrid Atocha Cercanías
(ERA 23B5) ES20/31
This line via the original tunnel is is connected to platforms 1 - 5 at Atocha Cercanías and to platforms 6 - 15 at Chamartín. Platform 5 at Atocha Cercanías and Platform 6 at Chamartín are connected also to ES20/29. It used by all Cercanías services on routes C1 (Aeropuerto T4 - Atocha - Principe Pio), C2 (Guadalajara - Chamartín), C7 (Alcalá de Henares - Atocha - Chamartín - Principe Pio), C8 (Cercedilla - Chamartín - Atocha - Guadalajara) and C10 (Aeropuerto T4 - Atocha - Villalba).
The routing of Regionales and Grandes Lineas services between Chamartín and Atocha Cercanías via either ES20/30 or ES20/31 is dependent on platform usage at both stations. Alvia services that pass through the Chamartín cambiador de ancho must use Platform 15 at Chamartín and hence this route ES20/31.
Madrid Atocha Cercanías – Atocha cambiador de ancho – Madrid Puerta de Atocha
(ERA 23B5; not shown) ES20/32
This line connects Atocha Cercanías to the Atocha gauge changer and thence to the Puerta de Atocha terminus. It is used by through Alvia services between Valladolid and the south of Spain, which take route ES20/30 between Madrid Chamartín and Atocha Cercanías. The trains propel in both directions between Puerta de Atocha and Atocha cambiador de ancho, where they reverse.
Note that use of this route will cease when the third (1435 mm gauge) tunnel between Atocha and Chamartín is opened. There is no indication when this will happen.
Museo del Ferrocarril (Paseo de las Delicias) – Bif. Museo – Madrid Santa Catalina – Villaverde Bajo – San Cristóbal Industrial
(ERA 50B4) ES20/33
This line provides a link to the railway museum, the former Madrid Delicias terminus. It is used by the following trains:
- The Tren de la Fresa (Strawberry Train), which runs between May and October (but not in July and August) to Aranjuez. Advance booking is essential.
In 2019 it ran on the following dates: 18, 19, 20, 27 April; 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 May; 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 June; 21, 22, 28, 29 September; 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 October.
Timings: Museo del Ferrocarril 10:00; Aranjuez 10:44. Aranjuez 18:36; Museo del Ferrocarril 19:26.
Dates and times in 2020 are not yet known.
- The Tren de Navidad (Christmas Train), which runs in December and January. Advance booking is essential. This can be done also via the RENFE website.
Operating dates: 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 December 2019 and 2, 3, 4 & 5 January 2020. The train performs three round trips between the Museo del Ferrocarril and Getafe, departing the museum at 10:00, 11:30 and 13:20, arriving back at 11:00, 12:30 and 14:20.
Madrid Atocha avoiding line: Guadalajara Yebes (Vallecas A.V.-Aguja km 12.3) – Ciudad Real Central (Los Gavilanes-Aguja km 13.4: Bif. Valdemingomez)
[ERT660] (ERA 23C5) ES20/34
This curve connecting the Madrid - Barcelona and Madrid - Sevilla high speed lines is used by direct services between Barcelona and Andalucia.
|3930||Barcelona Sants - 08:48 Zaragoza - Granada|
|3940/3990||Barcelona Sants - 10:20 Zaragoza - Sevilla Santa Justa/Malaga|
|3942/3992||Barcelona Sants - 17:33 Zaragoza - Sevilla Santa Justa/Málaga|
|3943/3993||Sevilla Santa Justa/Málaga - 10:39 Ciudad Real - Barcelona Sants|
|3941/3991||Sevilla Santa Justa/Málaga - 16:41 Ciudad Real - Barcelona Sants|
|3931||Granada - 17:15 Córdoba - Barcelona Sants|
Note that there may be additional services at peak holiday periods
Madrid Atocha avoiding line (Torrejón de Velasco curve): Ciudad Real (Yeles Aguja km 13.4) – Cuenca Fernando Zóbel (Bif. Blancales)
[ERT660] (ERA 21A5) ES20/35
This 6 km long curve connecting the Madrid - Sevilla and Madrid - Valencia high speed lines is used by direct services between the Valencia region and Andalucia.
|SuX||3982||Valencia Joaquin Sorolla - 09:03 Cuenca Fernando Zóbel - Sevilla Santa Justa|
|MFSuO||3974||Valencia Joaquin Sorolla - 18:15 Cuenca Fernando Zóbel - Málaga|
|FSO||3971||Málaga - 11:50 Ciudad Real - Valencia Joaquin Sorolla|
|SuO||3973||Málaga - 18:43 Ciudad Real - Valencia Joaquin Sorolla|
|SX||3981||Sevilla Santa Justa - 20:06 Ciudad Real - Valencia Joaquin Sorolla|
Variante de Vandellós: Camp de Tarragona/Vila-Seca – L'Ametlla de Mar (Vandellós)
[ERT669] (ERA 22C3) ES20/35A
This high speed line opened on 13 January 2020. It links the Madrid - Barcelona LAV with the classic Barcelona - València line. The line from Camp de Tarragona is UIC gauge and passes through a gauge changer at La Boella before the south <=> west curve from (Tarragona –) Vila-Seca joins. The line to Vandellós is Iberian gauge but will eventually be converted to mixed gauge.
- The line from Camp de Tarragona is used by variable gauge services - Euromed between Barcelona and València and, from 3 February, Avant between Barcelona and Tortosa.
- The curve from Vila-Seca is used by Iberian gauge Talgo, MD and Regional services between Tarragona and València or Tortosa.
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València Joaquin Sorolla
[ERT669] (ERA 23A2) ES20/35A
Thee are two connections between València Joaquin Sorolla station and the 1668 mm gauge line from València Nord.
- The more northerly (1668 mm gauge) is used by Alvia services to/from Castellón de la Plana or Barcelona, which pass through the gauge changer at Joaquin Sorolla station en route from/to Madrid.
- The more southerly (1435 mm gauge) is used by AVE services to/from Castellón de la Plana, which make use of the mixed gauge track on the line to Castellón.
València San Isidre – València Fuente San Luis (Bif. Clasificación Valencia F.S.L.)
[ERT669] (ERA 23A2) ES20/36
This east <=> west connection links the classic València - Cuenca - Aranjuez line with the rail network in the Valencia area pending the reconstruction of the direct curve between València San Isidre and València Nord. It is used by Cercanias C3 services between València and Utiel, a few of which are actually Media Distancia services between València and Madrid via Aranjuez. These trains reverse at València Fuente San Luis.
[València C3] (ERA 23A2) ES20/36A
Buñol is a Y shaped station, with through platforms 1 and 2 curving away from terminal platform 4. It appears that trains normally use through platform 2 unless the presence of other trains requires use of platform 4 by trains starting or terminating at Buñol.
- The following trains from/to València Nord were observed using platform 4.
Arr 15:39; Dep 17:25.
- The following trains from/to València Nord are thought to use platform 4. The compilers would appreciate confirmation of this.
Arr 10:18; Dep 13:50. One of the arrivals at 21:01 or 21:34, and also at 22:42 and 23:29, stable in platform 4
Moixent (Bif. Alacant) – Caudete
[ERT672] (ERA 23B2) ES20/37
This east <=> south curve avoiding La Encina is used by trains between València and Alacant.
Xàtiva – Moixent
[València C2, ERT668] (ERA 23A2-B2) ES20/38
There are two separate routes on this section of the 1668 mm gauge Madrid - València main line. Cercanias services are booked to use the original alignment via L’Alcúdia de Crespins whilst all other services use the new double track main line further south, in places almost 2 km distant.
[Córdoba –] La Rinconada (Majarabique) – Majarabique cambiador de ancho – Sevilla Santa Justa (Bif. Los Naranjos)
[ERT660] (ERA 21C4, not shown) ES20/39
This connection off the high speed line north of Sevilla is used by through Alvia trains between Madrid Atocha and Cádiz and also the following trains, which call at Sevilla Santa Justa.
|D||FO||2364||16:20 Madrid Atocha - Huelva|
|D||SuO||2375||Huelva - 19:19 Sevilla Santa Justa - Madrid Atocha|
[Córdoba –] La Rinconada (Majarabique) – Majarabique cambiador de ancho – Carrión de los Céspedes (Bif. San Jerónimo)
[ERT671] (ERA 21C4) ES20/40
This connection off the AVE high speed line north of Sevilla is used by those through Alvia services between Madrid Atocha and Huelva via Córdoba which do not call at Sevilla Santa Justa. Note that there are also other services between Madrid Atocha and Huelva which run via Zafra, and hence do not call at Sevilla Santa Justa, but do not use this route.
|SX||2384||Madrid Atocha - 19:52 Córdoba - Huelva|
|SSuX||2285||08:00 Huelva - Madrid Atocha|
|SO||2205||10:25 Huelva - Madrid Atocha|
|SuO||2365||16:20 Huelva - Madrid Atocha|
[La Rinconada (Majarabique) –] Bif. Tamarguillo – Bif. La Negrilla and La Salud-Aguja km. 10,2 – La Salud
[ERT671] (ERA 21C4) ES20/40A
This route bypassing Sevilla to the east is thought to be used by through Alvia services between Madrid Atocha and Cádiz which do not call at Sevilla Santa Justa.
It is thought that further trains will run this way later in 2020 but they have not as yet been loaded into the timetable.
|A||2164||16:15 Madrid Atocha - Cádiz|
|B||2175||Cádiz - 18:05 Jerez de la Frontera - Madrid Atocha|
A: This train has not been observed but it is thought to be its normal route.
B: This train has been observed taking this route and it is believed this is its normal route.
The compilers would be grateful for confirmation of the routing
Linares-Baeza (Espeluy-Aguja Km. 338.8) – Espeluy (Espeluy-Aguja Km. 340.1)
[ERT661] (ERA 21B5) ES20/41
This, the north curve of the Espeluy triangle, is the former broad gauge main line between Madrid and Sevilla. Almost all trains run between Madrid and Jaén via the east curve and between Córdoba and Jaén via the west curve. The only trains via the north curve are:
|697||Barcelona Estacio De França - 17:14 Linares-Baeza - Sevilla Santa Justa|
|694||Sevilla Santa Justa - 10:59 Espeluy - Barcelona Estacio De França|
Antequera-Santa Ana / Bobadilla Area
Fuente de Piedra – Bobadilla (Antequera-Santa Ana Aguja km 50.4)
[ERT673] (ERA 21C4, partly shown) ES20/42
There are two separate lines southwards from Fuente de Piedra:
- the original western track ("Linea actual Córdoba - Malaga")
This is used only by Media Distancia (MD; broad gauge) services between (Sevilla -) Pedrera and Malaga, which bypass Antequera-Santa Ana. The Sevilla line between Osuna and Pedrera was damaged by floods on 21 October 2018, washing away a bridge over the Rio Blanco. A new deviation line has been commissioned but there is no date for its opening, owing to political issues. Passengers are conveyed by bus between Osuna and Pedrera.
- the newer eastern track ("Eje transversal de Andalucia")
This line takes a straighter alignment, almost 1 km away in places from the “Linea actual Córdoba - Málaga”, and serves Antequera Santa Ana broad gauge platforms. It was used by Media Distancia (MD; broad gauge) Sevilla <=> Granada services. There have been no services since the Sevilla line between Osuna and Pedrera was damaged by floods on 21 October 2018, washing away a bridge over the Rio Blanco. A new deviation line has been commissioned but there is no date for its opening, owing to political issues. Passengers are conveyed by bus between Osuna and Antequera-Santa Ana. The southernmost portion between Antequera Santa Ana broad gauge platforms and Antequera-Santa Ana Aguja km 50.4 is also used by Algeciras <=> Granada services, which start and terminate at Antequera Santa Ana (broad gauge) as passengers are conveyed by bus between Antequera-Santa Ana and Granada.
Antequera Santa Ana (standard gauge platforms) – Antequera cambiador de ancho – Antequera (Antequera-Santa Ana Aguja km 50.4)
[ERT673] (ERA 21C4, not shown) ES20/43
This connection off the high speed line is used by through Altaria services between Madrid Atocha and Algeciras.
Other sparse services
The following sections have services which are sparse, even by Spanish standards (fewer than three trains per day or runs on fewer than five days a week):
|Cáceres – Valencia de Alcantara||One Regional Express each way TuX. Note that this line is potentially threatened with closure.|
|Ourense – Santiago de Compostela (broad gauge line)||One Regional service each way plus one in one direction on Sundays|
|Salamanca La Alamedilla – Ciudad Rodrigo – Fuentes de Oñoro – Vilar Formoso [Portugal]||One Tren Hotel service each way|
|Jaca – Canfranc||Two trains each way|
|Ciudad Real – Puertollano (broad gauge)||One Media Distancia train a day each way. Note that there is a plentiful service on the roughly parallel high speed line.|
|Linares-Baeza – Moreda (– Benalua de Guadix)||Two Madrid – Almeria trains each way|
|Huelva – Zafra||One Regional service each way (SX) runs between Huelva and Jabugo-Galaroza. Three IC services per week (FSSuO) run between Huelva and Zafra (- Madrid).|
|Cazalla-Constantina – Zafra||One train each way|
|FEVE||Cistierna – Guardo – Balmaseda||One train each way|
|FEVE||Ribadeo – Navia - Pravia|
|FEVE||Llanes – Cabezón de la Sal|
|Valencia C1||Xeraco – Platja i Grau de Gandia||Three trains per day on weekdays and two at weekends|
|Cádiz C-1a||Las Aletas – Universidad||Trains run only during the university term, Monday to Friday|
Deletions since previous edition
|ES19/32||Delicias – Bif. Museo – Madrid Santa Catalina – Villaverde Bajo – San Cristóbal Industrial||The Tren de Navidad and Tren de la Fresa have reverted to running from the museum|
|ES19/43||Moreda triangle||Now listed as a sparse service since withdrawal of the Madrid - Linares-Baeza – Granada service|
|Irún – Hendaye (France)||Now obscure route ES20/6|
|Guillarei – Tui [– Valença do Minho]||Absorbed into obscure route ES20/11|