At 11.00 on 10 December 2011 RENFE Operadora and ADIF formally inaugurated the new high speed railway between Ourense, Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña. In mid-2012 the Talgo Class 730 electro-diesels will make their debut on Madrid to A Coruña services, enabling a journey time between these cities of just under six hours.
The longest viaduct is Saramo, not far from Santiago, 1,485 m, while the highest is that over the Ulla gorge, a mere 630 m long but a dizzying 116.9 m high - the highest railway viaduct in Spain, to date. It is situated only a short distance downstream from that on the „Directo“, which is also a magnificent structure, 219 m long and 86 m high, dating from the 1950s (in background). On 6 October 2011 structural tests are being carried out using two Class 319 diesels and two rakes of ten hopper wagons.
Photo: Carlos Pérez Fontana