Madrid–Valencia railway

The Madrid–Valencia railway is the conventional railway line linking the Spanish capital Madrid with the country's third largest city of Valencia in the Valencian Community. It now primarily serves local commuter rail services and regional traffic since the opening of the Madrid–Levante high-speed rail network in 2010.

Madrid–Valencia railway
Renfe Altaria Madrid-CH a Murcia y Cartagena.jpg
RENFE rolling stock at the height of El Romeral
Overview
StatusOperational
OwnerAdif
Termini
Service
Operator(s)Renfe Operadora
History
Opened9 February 1851
Technical
Line length480.6 km (298.6 mi)
Track gauge1,668 mm (5 ft 5+2132 in) Iberian gauge
Route map
Madrid-Valencia
AVE line to Valladolid
line to Ávila
8.0
Madrid Chamartín
Madrid Chamartín-Atocha
6.1
Madrid Nuevos Ministerios
2.8
Madrid Sol
0.0
Madrid Atocha
Manzanares river
7.2
Villaverde Bajo
San Cristóbal de Los Ángeles
San Cristóbal Industrial
El Casar
Getafe Industrial
Madrid-Aranjuez
Pinto
Valdemoro
Ciempozuelos
Seseña
Jarama river
Tagus river
Aranjuez
Aranjuez-Albacete
Aranjuez-Alcázar de San Juan
Castillejo-Añover
Villasequilla
Tembleque
El Romeral
Villacañas
Laguna Larga
Quero
Alcázar de San Juan
Alcázar de San Juan-Albacete
Campo de Criptana
Záncara river
Socuellamos
Villarrobledo
Minaya
La Roda de Albacete
La Gineta
321.7
Albacete-Los Llanos
Albacete-Chinchilla
Chinchilla de Montearagón
common section with AVE line
Almansa-Valencia
Almansa-Xàtiva
Almansa
La Encina
Moixent
Vallada
Montesa
L'Alcúdia de Crespins
Xàtiva
Xàtiva-Valencia
Canyoles river
Albaida river
Manuel-L'Ènova
L'Ènova-Manuel
La Pobla Llarga
Carcaixent
Júcar river
Alzira
AVE line
Magro river
Algemesí
Benifaió-Almussafes
Silla
Catarroja
Massanassa
Alfafar-Benetússer
Valencia Nord

HistoryEdit

Prior to the opening of the high-speed rail line between Madrid and Valencia, the classic Iberian gauge railway provided a travel time of 3 hours and 30 minutes between the two cities.[1]

ServicesEdit

The line is used by Cercanías Madrid's C-3 service and the C-3 of Cercanías Valencia; along with numerous regional services along various stretches of the line. The Regional Express service runs the full distance between Madrid and Valencia, taking 6 hours and 36 minutes with stops at numerous intermediate stations;[2] since the opening of the AVE high-speed rail line travel has been reduced to 1 hour and 40 minutes non-stop, freeing up the older slower line for other traffic.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "High-Speed Madrid To Valencia Rail Line To Open By Year-End". Business Travel News. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Recorrido - Renfe.com". Renfe. Retrieved 31 August 2019.