Monday, January 1, 2018

Valencia to Córdoba

On the 1st day of 2018 I'm leaving Valencia and travel to Cordoba. I've decided to buy single tickets, as it is required to have seat reservations in Spain when using Interrail and these reservations can not be booked online. There is however something called Renfe Spain Pass, which is similar to Interrail but it is used per trip instead of per day. Using this pass reservations can be made online.
 Torres de Serranos
 Torre de San Bartolomé Apóstol

 Palau de la Generalitat
 New Year celebration took place here not many hours ago
 Plaça de l'Ajuntament

Plaza de Toros de Valencia

Mercat de Colón
Mercat Central
La Lonja de la Seda
 I had some hours before my train, so I took a walk in this beautiful weather, but now it's time to get to the train.

Today I will travel from the classic old station, as the train I will take will use Iberian gauge.
Renfe Class 592 is a DMU from the 80's
Renfe Class 449 Media Distancia
My train for today is this Talgo service between Barcelona and Seville, a daily service that takes 11h 21min. I will be using a shorter part between Valencia and Cordoba, and this trip will take 6h 26min.
Renfe Class 252 locomotive built by CAF/Siemens in the 90's. The locomotives design was a development of that used in DB Class 120, which eventually led to the Siemen's Eurosprinter family of locomotives; of which the Class 252 can be considered a predecessor. (Wikipedia)
There is no Preferente coach on this train, instead there is something called Turista plus, which is 1st class coach but without at seat service.
There is however a dining coach on the train.
TALGO stands for Tren Articulado Ligero Goicoechea Oriol, Goicoechea-Oriol light articulated train. Talgo trains are best known for their unconventional articulated railway passenger car that uses a type similar to the Jacobs bogie that Talgo patented in 1941. (Wikipedia)
The service is named "Torre Del Oro"
Another Class 252 locomotive is used due to that Valencia station is a terminus.
Renfe Class 470 Media Distancia
Diverted Turia river

Entertainment onboard
Talgo is using Iberian gauge track, for some parts it is located in parallel with the high speed line to Alicante.

LAV Madrid - Levante to the left is a high speed line from Madrid to Alicante/Valencia, it was inaugurated 2010.
Albacete Los Llanos

Molinos De Viento in Campo de Criptana
Alcázar de San Juan, the train will change direction here from Madrid-Valencia to Alcázar de San Juan-Cádiz Lines.
Renfe Class 598 DMU

The locomotive is changing direction


A snack with a beer at the bar

Talgo train at Cordoba

My hotel for the night

Roman Bridge of Córdoba

Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

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