The trains in Spain race swiftly across the plain

Like most countries, Spain succumbed to the motor car a long time ago. Unlike, Britain, however, it did not give up long-distance travel by rail for travel by coach [bus].

Forty years ago, the rail network in Spain was very poor and the country backward by European standards. To visitors, that was one of its attractions, however.  I once spent 20 hours on a train from Madrid to Barcelona, trying to sleep on newspaper on the floor of the corridor.

How times have changed. The Guardian has an article about Spain’s new high-speed AVE trains. I understand the enthusiasm for these trains completely, especially as air travel has become such a nightmare.

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3 Responses to The trains in Spain race swiftly across the plain

  1. Christo says:

    I couldn’t agree more! Spain is (surprisingly to many?) one of the leaders now, and I read of their plans to keep developing what they hope will be the most efficient network in Europe – we have something to learn in the UK I think…

  2. George says:

    In the mid nineties I lived and worked Paris and I often traveled on the fantastic high speed TGV. Two years ago I visited Japan for a period of two months during that time I managed to traverse the country in just about every direction, all the travel took place on the various models of the fabulous Shinkansen high speed trains. I now live in Madrid and whenever I have to go somewhere I try to go by train, perhaps it is something in my blood. From my personal train travel experiences I think that the AVE is perhaps the best high speed train I have ever been on; furthermore, it has one thing that no other train in the world has: a full refund of your ticket if the AVE is more than five minutes late, something that for obvious business reasons very rarely happens.

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