Altaria (Renfe Operadora service)

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A Barcelona - Madrid Altaria train

Altaria is the brand name of a group of fast long-distance passenger railway services operated by Spanish national railway company Renfe Operadora and connecting Madrid to Algeciras, Alicante, Barcelona, Cádiz, Cartagena, Granada, Irún, Logroño, Murcia, Pamplona, and San Sebastián.[1]

Altaria trains are composed of locomotive-hauled Talgo coaching stock equipped with gauge-changing technology which enables the carriages to run on both conventional (1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in) Iberian gauge) track and the narrower international 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge track which is used for the newer high-speed network in Spain. Altaria trains are currently able to achieve speeds of up to 200 km/h on the high-speed lines.


  1. ^ Madrid - Barcelona Altarias have been replaced by AVE trains upon completion of the Madrid-Barcelona high-speed rail line in early 2008.