Thursday, January 4, 2018

Santiago de Compostela, Vigo

Today is my last day in Spain, I will travel south to Portugal. In fact it is the only way to travel between Spain and Portugal today by day train. There are two daily services between Vigo and Porto. Between Madrid and Lisbon it is possible to travel by a night train.
 I have time to visit Santiago de Compostela before my train.
 Leaving my hotel in the morning, this must have been one of the nicest hotels during this trip, small and cosy.
 Iglesia de la Compañia o de la Universidad

 Facultade de Xeografia e Historia - USC

 Escola Universitaria de Traballo Social
 Santiago de Compostela Cathedral - destination of the Camino de Santiago, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century.
 No backpacks in the cathedral are allowed

 A confessional

 Pazo de Raxoi

 Backpackers arriving from Camino de Santiago.

 Las Dos Marias

 Eating churros, famous Spanish dessert
 Parque da Alameda

 Statue of Don Ramon María De Valle-Inclán - a Spanish writer
 Fish market

 Unfortunately the rest of the day and my trip would be very rainy
The prevailing winds from the Atlantic and the surrounding mountains combine to give Santiago some of Spain’s highest rainfall: about 1,545 millimetres (60.8 in) annually.  (Wikipedia)

 Train station
 City of Culture of Galicia

 Vossloh Euro 4000 locomotive hauling a freight train is passing by
 Operated by Takargo Rail which is a Portuguese rail transport company

 Renfe Class 594 DMU, is based on Danish IC3 trains
 The train is used for TRD (Tren Regional Diésel) services
 Renfe Class 730

 I will use two trains today, the first one is to Vigo.

The Atlantic Axis high-speed rail line, also called Atlantic Corridor high-speed rail line, is a high-speed railway line that links A Coruña and Vigo in Spain. Construction started in 2001 and the first section between La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela opened in 2009 and was electrified in 2011. The extension from Santiago de Compostela to Vigo completed in March 2015 and the entire line was inaugurated on 18 April 2015. (Wikipedia)
 Co-financed by EU

 Media Distancia train is a Renfe Class 121

 The new high speed railway is built for 250km/h

 Viaduct over river Ulla

 The old railway is running in parallel. The trip between A Coruña and Vigo now takes 83min, which is almost 50min faster than before.

 Vigo Urzaiz is a new high speed railway station terminal

 The station is served only by Media Distancia services
 The new underground station is located where the original station of Vigo-Urzáiz was once, it was built in 1878. The new station opened in 2015

 My next train will be from another station in Vigo, so there is a short walk over there
 Two train stations now in Vigo
 The city of Vigo has 292,817 inhabitants (2016), with an extended metropolitan population of 481,268, making it the 14th-largest metropolitan area of Spain. (Wikipedia)

 Another new station in Vigo is Guixar, which opened in 2010, it is meant to serve as a temporary station.
 Today there are however more services departing from here, including international service to Porto.
 International service Trencelta operated by Portugese CP started in 2013, operating the route between Vigo and Porto, taking 2h15min. Renfe Class 592 DMU is used for this service.
 Renfe Class 596

 Renfe Class 599
 Trenhotel - night service to Madrid and Barcelona

 Renfe Class 252

 Monumento a elduayen

 Monumento a Jules Verne

 After returning back from a walk in Vigo, it is already dark

 After 2h trip, I'm in Porto
 From Campanhã station I'm taking a local train to a more central São Bento station.
 CP Class 3400 EMU from 2002 built my Siemens/Bombardier

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