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Spain - Articles and news items

Alpha Trains receives Euro4000 locomotives

Rail industry news / 9 June 2017 /

Six new EURO4000 locomotives have been delivered by Stadler to Alpha Trains.

Vigo-Porto train derails in Spain killing at least four people

Rail industry news / 9 September 2016 /

According to reports, a Portuguese train derailed at 09:30 local time on Friday 09 September in north-west Spain.

New horizons for Adif in India and Egypt

Issue 5 2016 / 6 September 2016 /

Adif, the Spanish railway infrastructure manager, has been conducting intense international activity over recent years. By sharing with global partners its vast experience gained during recent and ongoing processes of modernising its railways, the company has considerably expanded its commercial horizons. Fernando Nicolás Puiggarí, Adif’s International Director, outlines current and future business opportunities, focusing on work in India and Egypt.

High Speed Rail in the Iberian Peninsula

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 14 April 2016 /

In a blog for European Railway Review, Graham Ellis looks at the varying growth of high speed rail services in Spain and Portugal.

Developing a sustainable Spanish high-speed rail network

Issue 6 2015 / 9 December 2015 /

On 29 September 2015, after the completion of a new section of high-speed line to the North of Spain, between the cities of Valladolid and Leon, Adif achieved another milestone by expanding Spain’s high-speed rail network by 166 new kilometres. Adif’s President, Gonzalo Ferre Moltó, provides more details about the new line section plus Adif’s overall strategy to develop a sustainable approach to high-speed rail deployment…

The Spanish railway industry: a benchmark worldwide

Issue 5 2015 / 1 October 2015 /

The Spanish high-speed network has provided the country with one of the most modern and advanced forms of transport to currently exist, placing it at the forefront and as a world benchmark on the matter for many different countries wishing to implement and develop similar railway systems or infrastructures. How and why is Spain regarded so highly? Pedro Fortea, Director of Mafex – the Spanish Railway Association, explores.

World’s longest rail freight route begins operation from Madrid

Rail industry news / 21 May 2015 /

The world’s longest rail freight route has begun operation between the cities of Madrid and Yiwu on the east coast of China.

European railways and liberalised markets

Issue 1 2015 / 13 February 2015 /

The Spanish railway market is currently going through gradual liberalisation, and as a first step, the country will make part of its railway infrastructure open to competition. New private train operator ECO Rail is ready to enter this sector and has already carried out a European rail liberalisation study. Summarising some of the conclusions of the study for European Railway Review is Manager for ECO Rail, Juan Antonio Cuesta Cañas…

Strong commitment from the Spanish rail industry

Issue 5 2013 / 26 September 2013 /

As the result of a strong commitment to research and development, the Spanish rail industry has made available to the international market a modern fleet of rolling stock vehicles for all kinds of transportation for both passengers and goods, plus the offering of skilled train maintenance services as well as innovative track equipment solutions.

Railway transportation has experienced considerable development over recent years. Its great economic and environmental benefits have made it the best choice for improving connections, re-structuring territories, and contributing to sustainable mobility – for both freight and passengers.

The railway network evolution is closely linked to innovations and advances introduced by the industry in a number of fields such as infrastructure and superstructure, rolling stock and maintenance. All elements are essential in promoting the establishment of new connections and the modernisation of lines already in commercial operation.

Power quality (and monitoring) in railway systems

Issue 5 2013 / 26 September 2013 /

Electrical compatibility between fixed installations and rolling stock, at power supply level, is paramount when dealing with power quality, system availability and reliability. This article addresses power quality and power quality monitoring on alternate current 25 kV electrification systems, focused on overvoltages generated by near resonance frequency harmonics.
Theoretical background

According to Ohm’s Law, when a voltage is applied to an electrical circuit the resulting current flow is inversely proportional to the circuit impedance. By the same law, if an electric current is injected in a circuit the resulting voltage is directly proportional to the circuit impedance.

By definition the electrical impedance is the measure of opposition that an electric circuit presents to the flow of current. In alternating current (AC) the impedance has two components: resistance and reactance. The resistance component is intrinsic to the materials and shape of electrical elements. The reactance relates to the electromagnetic induction phenomena between electrical elements. While resistance is invariable with frequency, reactance is frequency dependent.

Signalling & Telecoms supplement

Issue 3 2013, Supplements / 27 May 2013 /

ETCS in operation on Spanish high-speed, commuter and three-rail lines (Ignacio Jorge Iglesias, Technical Coordination Director for High-Speed, Adif)
Comparison of Control Centres and Railway Operating Centres (Chris Carson, Head of Service Delivery, East Coast Main Line Company Ltd)

Promoting the internationalisation of Spanish railway technology

Issue 5 2012 / 19 September 2012 /

Since my appointment as CEO of Adif, one of my main strategic priorities has been to drive forward the internationalisation of Spanish railway technology and its companies, and to reinforce the ‘Spanish Brand’ on an international basis. By doing so, the international activity of Adif must be, and is, an important pillar of the company’s strategy because it consolidates our presence in the global arena and also paves the way to achieve new markets and, therefore, new economic resources.

In this sense, Adif, as infrastructure manager, works actively with Spanish companies to support them in their internationalisation strategies to help contribute to the projection of the railway sector abroad.

In my opinion, Spain’s experience of railway development would serve as a good example for numerous countries, especially in the technological field of construction and management of high-speed lines. We are proud of the support that we can give for the creation of Spanish consortiums for the design and construction of infrastructure projects abroad.