Barcelona-Paris high speed rail link launched

 

News article: Barcelona-Paris high speed rail link launched

It is now possible to travel from Barcelona to Paris by train in less than 6.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It is now possible to travel from Barcelona to Paris by train in less than 6.5 hours.



A new, direct high-speed rail service has been launched between the two cities, with trains operated by France’s SNCF and Spain’s RENFE.



Jean-Louis Conte, a passenger on the first train, said: “It’s a very good thing. We gain time – and it’s is also a way to bring two countries closer in a very effective way.”



Antoni Prat, another customer of the new service, complained: “We’ve been waiting for this for 20 years now. The Spanish government still works like it’s in the last century.”
Barcelona-Paris high speed rail link launched


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Thanks for sharing this JY

Antoni needs to take a trip to Australia to really understand and experience last century thinking.  From his comment the Europeans are so used to high speed rail services, they are perplexed when they are not there when everyone expects them to be.

France’s SNCF said it needed extra time to adapt its trains to run on Spanish track. While Spain’s RENFEreportedly had similar issues preparing its trains to operate in France.
Barcelona-Paris high speed rail link launched


A question, the high speed tracks in Spain are SG as I understand it so what works would have been required by both parties?

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Brian

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  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
A question, the high speed tracks in Spain are SG as I understand it so what works would have been required by both parties?

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Brin
Probably operating procedures, different signalling, safety systems, ways of doing things, etc
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE


Antoni needs to take a trip to Australia to really understand and experience last century thinking.  From his comment the Europeans are so used to high speed rail services, they are perplexed when they are not there when everyone expects them to be.



Regards
Brian
bevans
Yes very interesting but is this really relevent to Australia?

Yes the route is comparable in distance, but the population like the rest of western Europe is not, again!!!

This line will carry far more people being built as part of an extensive existing HSR network, but had it been built first, as in case for Syd-Mel it would be a failure.

I have just bought tickets from Marseille to Paris on TGV which compared to road is fast, but the trip to Geneva is barely faster and overall an expensive "experience" compared to driving. We are only doing it for the experience. Next time we will probably just keep the hire car which at 50E a day + fuel (

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