Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (Valencian pronunciation: [ˌfɛrokaˈrilz ðe la dʒeneɾaliˈtad valensiˈana], "Valencian Government Railways") or FGV is a Valencian public railway company which operates several 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge lines, in the autonomous community of Valencia, Spain.

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana
Founded10 November 1986
Key people
María José Salvador Rubert (President)
Josep Vicent Boira i Maiques (Vice-President)

The company currently operates the city metro and tram system of Valencia (Valencia Metro) and Alicante (Alicante Tram).

It also operates a non-electrified 62 km (39 mi) long line, between Benidorm and Dénia, in Alicante province.

The company is owned by the Generalitat Valenciana (i.e. the regional government body of the Valencian Community).


Establishment of FGVEdit

FGV was founded as a company in 1986, and on 1 January 1987 took over all remaining narrow gauge railways in the Valencian Community. These had previously been part of the nationally owned FEVE system.

The newly formed railway system consisted of various electrified suburban lines around Valencia and the diesel-worked Alicante to Denia railway. Much of the infrastructure was in a poor state following years of neglect by the FEVE administration and patronage was consequently low.

Investment in the Valencia systemEdit

The early years of FGV saw much investment in the Valencia suburban system. The lines to the north and south of the city were connected by cross-town tunnels which were developed into the current metro system. FGV also introduced the first modern tram in Spain, partly running on the alignment of narrow gauge railways.

Both the metro and trams systems are being developed through the addition of new lines. Projects are also in hand to modernise the classic parts of the system through realignments and new rolling stock.

Investment in the Alicante systemEdit

In Alicante too, the narrow gauge railway is being developed into a modern tramway. It has been extended through a tunnel to Mercado and will ultimately reach the RENFE railway station through an extension of this tunnel. The tram system is also being extended in other directions.

The Alicante to Dénia railway line is being electrified as far as Benidorm and will be served by tram-trains (vehicles that can run on both railway and tramway infrastructure). The remaining section to Denia will continue to be diesel-worked for the time being and trainsets have been modernised for this purpose.

In Benidorm, a local tram service is also being planned. This will branch off the main railway line and serve the centre of this town.

Future projectsEdit

FGV is seeking to take over the Xàtiva to Alcoi railway from Renfe. The mountain railway is currently in a poor state and served only by three trains per day and direction. The company also provided assessment to the city of Rosario in Argentina for its future Rosario Tramway, a project which is largely based on the Valencia system.[1]

Rolling stockEdit

In useEdit

Series Photo Year Builder Length Passengers Units Communications ATO Lines Depot Notes
3800   1994–1995 (3801–3821), 1998 (3822–3825) [2] Siemens and Duewag (electronics);
CAF and GEC-Alsthom (cars) [3]
23.78 m or 78 ft 14 in [4] 201 (65 seats) 25 (3801–3825) Standard GSM no   Tarongers Oldest operating units in the network
3900 with ATO   1994–1995 [5] GEC-Alsthom [5] 60 m or 196 ft 10 14 in [4] 596 (120 seats) [4] 2 (3910 and 3916) [6] UIC 751-3 yes     Hermanos Machado ATO installed in 2011
4200   2006–2007 [4] Bombardier [7] 32.366 m or 106 ft 2 14 in [4] 277 [4] 19 (4201-4219) [4] Standard GSM no     Tarongers
4300 (4 cars)   2007 [8] Vossloh España [8] 60.49 m or 198 ft 5 12 in [4] 588 (116 seats) [4] 42 [4] UIC 751-3 yes       Hermanos Machado, Valencia Sud and Torrent
4300 (5 cars) 75 m or 246 ft 34 in [4] 750 [4] 20 [4]

Former rolling stockEdit

Series Photo Year Builder Length Passengers Units Communications ATO Depot Notes
UTE3600 Series   1982–1983 Babcock & Wilcox 47.166 m or 154 ft 8 78 in ? 10 manufactured, 3 units preserved (3602, 3604 and 3609) [9] UIC 751-3 no Torrent
3700 Series   1987–1990 CAF, MTM, BBC, ASEA, MACOSA 47.166 m or 154 ft 8 78 in ? 40 manufactured UIC 751-3 no Torrent


  1. ^ Licitarán tranvía para Rosario - EnElSubte, 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ "digit5.qxp" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  3. ^ José Mariano Rodríguez - FFE. "Material - Revista VÍA LIBRE - Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles". Vialibre-ffe.com. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-19. Retrieved 2014-08-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b Vía Libre. "Nuevos coches intermedios para las unidades 3900 de FGV". Vialibre-ffe.com. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  6. ^ "Listadotren.es". Listadotren.es. 2019-06-30. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  7. ^ Can be seen on the front of the units
  8. ^ a b José Mariano Rodríguez - FFE. "Material - Revista VÍA LIBRE - Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles". Vialibre-ffe.com. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  9. ^ "Listadotren.es". Listadotren.es. 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2020-02-27.

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