This blog is about trains and places related to railways in Sweden and other countries. Most trips are started from Stockholm.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Bordeaux to León
Today I will enter the 7th country on my trip - Spain.
Bordeaux St.Jean station in the morning
I'm taking the morning train to the border of France/Spain - the town Hendaye
Intercités train to Nantes is now an SNCF Class B 85000 Coradia Liner. When I travelled this route last time (back in 2017) it was a locomotive hauled coach train.
SNCF Class Z 51500 "Régiolis"
The train will split in Dax, where one part will continue to Hendaye, and the other one to Pau.
The train has both 2nd and 1st class, but except for the colour of the seats there is no difference.
If purchasing single ticket, there is a obviously a difference in price for 2nd and 1st classes. For Interrail passengers there is no extra charge for this train.
Lots of space for luggage on the train
The railway from Bordeaux to Irun is an important French 235-kilometre long railway line, that connects the southwestern city Bordeaux to northern Spain. The railway was opened in several stages between 1841 and 1864. The first approximately 145 km of its course runs through the Landes forest. (Wikipedia)
At Dax there is a longer stop due to de-coupling of the train. The front part is continuing to Hendaye
The railway Dax to Puyoô is to the left, Dax to Irun to the right.
Atlantic ocean is to the right
When approaching Hendaye, the line has dual gauge tracks (the right one)
Last stop - Hendaye. Unfortunately, no trains are continuing to Irun. Neither do the Spanish trains continue to Hendaye.
Outside SNCF station, there is a local Euskotren station.
Narrow gauge railway is the only option to travel between Hendaye and Irun (it is not included in Interrail).
On the other side of the bridge is Spain
When I checked the map, I saw that the only station connecting Euskotren and Renfe is Bentak.
Unfortunately, it was not as close as I thought, the train station for Renfe Cercanias train was too far to make it within 3-4minutes. I could see the Renfe train leaving just as I saw the station.
So, I had to go back to Bentak Euskotren station and take the next train, which was 30min later.
Freight train passing by
From Bentak I took the next Euskotren to Donostia Loila station
The station is new and it opened in 2017
There is a short walk from the station to the central part of Donostia or San Sebastian
Urumea Itsasadarra river
La fachada principal (Geltokiaren eraikina) at the San Sebastian station (also know as estación del Norte or estación de Atocha).
Donostia Kultura concert hall
Plaza de la Constitución
At the local restaurant I'm eating the traditional pinchos
There is a lot of fish dishes around here
Basílica de Santa María del Coro
Estatua del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús
Cercanias trains are operating here between Irun and Brinkola
Long distance trains has services to Madrid and Barcelona
My next train would be a Media Distancia train or Intercity train. It has mandatory seat reservations and when booking a single full price ticket it is possible to choose a seat from a train seat plan.
Renfe Class 449 is manufactured by CAF between 2008-2011
Renfe Class 449 (MD), Class 120 (Alvia) and Class 121 (Avant)
The difference between Class 120 and 121 is that Class 121 include additional electrical equipment for redundancy (a requirement for trains using the Guadarrama Tunnel), and do not provide first class seating.
Renfe Class 447 Cercanias
Inside the Class 449 MD train
The railway line Madrid-Hendaye is also named línea General del Norte or línea Imperial, it was constructed in 1864.
61,4 m above sea level
Basque Y is the new high speed railway under construction, expected to open in 2023.
Many stations along the line for the Cercanias services
High speed line bridge seen here from the window
Older bridge replaced by the new one
Brinkola station is the terminal for Cercanias
Class 449 MD train has no bar, but there are vending machines onboard
A picture of a plane inside a train, hmm...
The train is climbing up higher and higher
Alsasua station is an important railway junction between Madrid-Hendaye and Zaragoza-Alsasua (vía Pamplona) railways.
Sierra de Andía
The railway to Zaragoza
Media Distancia train makes many stops along the way
Michelin factory in Araia
Approaching Vitoria-Gasteiz - the capital city of the Basque Autonomous Community
The official name of Vitoria-Gasteiz is a compound name of its traditional names in Spanish and Basque, respectively. (Wikipedia)
The current station of Vitoria-Gasteiz was built in 1934
Two different generations of Media Distancia, Class 449 from 2008-2011, and Class 470 from 1974
Madrid Chamartin is the destination for this train
Vitoria-Gasteiz has connections with Barcelona and Madrid among other destinations
Much warmer here in Spain than in France
I have about 1h before my next and final train today, so I'm taking a walk in the town
Matador on Calle Eduardo Dato
Euskotren Tranbia opened here in Vitoria in 2008
CAF Urbos 2 trams similar to the ones in Bilbao
Plaza de España
Parroquia San Vicente Mártir
Hornacina de la Virgen Blanca
Virgen Blanca Plaza
The monument to La batalla de Vitoria a battle which took place in the city in 1813 during the Napoleonic wars.
Maria Sortzez Garbiaren katedrala
Plaza de los Fueros
My next train is Alvia train that will take me to León
Renfe Class 130
Preferente coach of Class 130
Talgo factory near Miranda de Ebro
New Talgo trains for Saudi Arabia
Miranda de Ebro
Complimentary Christmas drink
Burgos-Rosa de Lima station opened in 2008 replacing the old one in the central parts of Burgos
The station will serve both Iberian gauge and standard gauge railways.
Final stop for me is León
Class 252 locomotive
Temporary station in León was built in 2011
The old station on the other side of the road is closed