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Madrid To Barcelona - Rail Wins Over Plane
Madrid To Barcelona - Rail Wins Over Plane

In late November 2022 the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) published its annual report on rail traffic trends in Spain.

Avril - Springtime Hopes?
Avril - Springtime Hopes?

There are hopes that salvation of the services between Barcelona and Lyon/Marseille might come in the shape of Renfe's new Class 106 Avril fleet.

Cross-Border Turmoil In France And Spain
Cross-Border Turmoil In France And Spain

On 11 December 2022, the international high speed train services between Barcelona and Lyon and Madrid, Barcelona and Marseille were withdrawn.

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Renfe Mercancías Takes Delivery Of First Class 256 Locomotives
Renfe Mercancías Takes Delivery Of First Class 256 Locomotives

In 2021 the operator placed an order worth around 86 million EUR with Stadler for a batch of 12 triple-voltage EURO6000 locomotives.

High Speed To Murcia
High Speed To Murcia

The final 15.9 km of high speed line between Orihuela and Murcia were inaugurated on 19 December 2022.

More New EMUs For Catalunya
More New EMUs For Catalunya

On 15 December 2022, at Sant Andreu depot in Barcelona, Renfe President Isaías Táboas signed a contract with Alstom, CAF and Stadler for 97 new EMUs for Rodalies services in Catalunya.

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First EURO6000 Locomotives For Renfe Mercancías
First EURO6000 Locomotives For Renfe Mercancías

On 13 October 2022, Stadler presented Renfe four of the 12 powerful electric locomotives EURO6000, which are being manufactured for Renfe Mercancías.

New Spanish Speed Record On 1,668 mm Gauge
New Spanish Speed Record On 1,668 mm Gauge

During a nocturnal test run with Talgo staff on board early on 7 September 2022, a Class 106 Avril reached 360 km/h on the 1,668 mm gauge high speed line between Ourense and Santiago de Compostela.

"CAF Tren Hidrógeno" On The Public Network
"CAF Tren Hidrógeno" On The Public Network

After factory static tests were conducted, CAF began test runs with its prototype EHMU at the end of July.

Late-Running Avril - Renfe Warns Of Fines
Late-Running Avril - Renfe Warns Of Fines

The first members of the new high speed Class 106 fleet were expected to have been handed over to Renfe in January 2021 in readiness for commercial operation in summer 2022.

CAF Started Static Testing Of A Civia EHMU Demonstrator
CAF Started Static Testing Of A Civia EHMU Demonstrator

At the end of May, at its plant in Zaragoza, CAF started static tests on the hydrogen-powered demonstrator train being developed for the FCH2Rail project.

Renfe’s Revised AVE Logo
Renfe’s Revised AVE Logo

In January 2022, Renfe invited the general public to submit ideas for a revamped 'Alta Velocidad Española' logo, to replace the one which has been in use since April 1992 when the Madrid to Sevilla high speed line was inaugurated.

30th Anniversary Of The First High-Speed Trains In Spain
30th Anniversary Of The First High-Speed Trains In Spain

In 1992, Alstom pioneered the introduction of high-speed rail in Spain. Since then, the company has added a long list of innovations that continue to revolutionise railway mobility. Linking Madrid and Sevilla on the first high-speed train in Spain was only the beginning of a long history of innovation.

Renfe And Talgo Present First Refurbished Class 730
Renfe And Talgo Present First Refurbished Class 730

The 14 electro-diesel Class 730s are being subjected to a mid-life refurbishment at Talgo's Las Matas works.

Test Running Starts Between Madrid-Chamartín, Madrid-Atocha And Torrejón De Velasco
Test Running Starts Between Madrid-Chamartín, Madrid-Atocha And Torrejón De Velasco

Over the weekend of 5/6 February 2022 test running on this new cross-city 1,435 mm gauge line started, using Renfe's AVLO 112.013 and 021.