Sunday, January 2, 2022

Barcelona, Casetas, Brinkola, Legazpi, Donostia

After celebrating the New Year 2021/2022, it is time to head back to Sweden, all the way by train
I can't leave without saying hi to my cat friends
Also, I can't miss seeing Barcelona in the wintertime, which is like Sweden in the summer

Visiting museum of Modern art

Warm during the day, cold and foggy during the evening - typical winter weather here
Cat friends again

On the day of my departure from Barcelona, I'm queuing for a PCR test, which was necessary to enter Austria, which I'm about to visit. After 2 hours of queuing, a missed train, and 100 EUR poorer I found out later that nobody cared about my test.
So, here I am waiting for another train in the lounge

Complimentary snack and drink in 1st class

At Zaragoza you can find all type of trains - here is Renfe Class 470
Renfe Class 594
Renfe Class 448
Inside Class 448
Visiting the station of Casetas
It's Sunday the 2nd of January, so unfortunately not much to see here today
Zaragoza has only one Cercanias line C1 that goes between Casetas and Miraflores stations. The line started in 2008
Casetas is a junction station between the classic Iberian gauge line 200 Madrid-Barcelona and line 700 Casetas-Bilbao
Visiting Utebo station

Civia Class 463 is used on the line

My next train will take me to Pamplona
It's the Alvia service to San Sebastian
Dinner on board

Arriving at foggy Pamplona

Breakfast in the morning

First train is the Media Distancia to Vitoria

Changing trains here 
Alvia Madrid-San Sebastian

Some passengers are using the day train as the night train
Time for a movie
Lots of space for luggage
Arriving at Zumárraga, located at the line Madrid-Hendaya

Cercanías San Sebastián (Donostiako Renfe Aldiriak) is a 80.5km long commuter train line between Irun and Brinkola which has been operating since 1989

The station is served both by long distance and commuter trains
Renfe Class 121

Visiting the end station for the Cercanias - Brinkola

The station here opened in 1864
Many different speed limits depending on the type of train

Legazpi station

This line is the other important freight route between Spain and France (the other one is in Catalonia).
Class 253, Traxx

Renfe Class 447

San Sebastian - Donostia

A little bit of Basque pintxos

What a nice surprise - the hotel offered a complementary bottle of wine in the room

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