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Date: 06/20/24 12:26
Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: exhaustED

I thought I'd share a few images from a recent trip to Spain, a country with a fascinating railway scene. Images 1-3 are all at the Catalonia railway museum, not far south of Barcelona

Image 1 - Baldwin and Westinghouse electric locomotive.
Image 2 - "Crocodile' electric locomotive positioned very close to the Baldwin.
Image 3 - Selection of steam locomotives outside the roundhouse.
 








Date: 06/20/24 12:33
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: exhaustED

Images 4 and 5 are at Caspe, close to the Ebro river on the largely westbound single track mainline from Barcelona to Zaragoza. (This is Iberian broad gauge track, 1668mm or 5 feet 5 and 21/32 inches).

Image 4 is a Renfe (essentially state operated) Bombardier Traxx class 253 on empty car carriers, image 5 is a Renfe class 251 of Japanese heritage on a container or 'TECO' working.



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Date: 06/20/24 12:38
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: exhaustED

Images 6-8 are also at Caspe, only a mile or so west of the previous shots. They are of a TECO/intermodal being hauled by a Captrain operated  'Bitrac' dual mode locomotive, which has a pair of 2400hp MTU diesel engines as well as 3kV electric capability for power. 








Date: 06/20/24 12:41
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: exhaustED

Image 9 is about 100km north of Caspe, on the largely eastbound Zaragoza to Barcelona single track main line. This is a LCR operated class 269 Mitsubishi electric with a train of Opel/GM cars.



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Date: 06/20/24 12:48
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: exhaustED

Images 10, 11 and 12 are at Laverne, close to Barcelona on the soon-to-be dual gauge mainline south/west from Barcelona.
Image 10 is a Renfe class 251 heading into Barcelona, 11 is a Captrain Bitrac series 601 also heading east and image 12 is a diesel class 335 operated by Continental Rail, basically a SD70M, thundering uphill as it heads south away from Barcelona.



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Date: 06/20/24 15:00
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: NMlurker

I enjoyed this coverage. Images 4-9 look a lot like the southwest US. I much prefer the shots with no graffiti on the locomotives.



Date: 06/20/24 15:07
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: exhaustED

NMlurker Wrote:
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> I enjoyed this coverage. Images 4-9 look a lot
> like the southwest US. I much prefer the shots
> with no graffiti on the locomotives.

Thank you. Agreed, I was reminded of  the scenery of Arizona and California the further inland from Barcelona that I travelled. I also agree that the graffiti-free locos look much, much better. It is quite an issue in Spain.



Date: 06/20/24 20:24
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: Roadbed

Great set of images.  It is good to see the variety of freight in countries with much more publicised passenger operations.

Also, I was surprised to see open sided and topped auto carriers.  Although the vandalized engine would indicate otherwise, there must not be too big of a vandalism problem with the new autos in open cars.



Date: 06/21/24 05:00
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: exhaustED

Roadbed Wrote:
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> Great set of images.  It is good to see the
> variety of freight in countries with much more
> publicised passenger operations.
>
> Also, I was surprised to see open sided and topped
> auto carriers.  Although the vandalized engine
> would indicate otherwise, there must not be too
> big of a vandalism problem with the new autos in
> open cars.

Thanks very much. The only thing I can think is that in Europe cars aren’t transported over very big distances so they reach their destination relatively quickly and don’t spend time sat in yards etc. The US style auto rack isn’t seen at all in Europe I don’t think.

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Date: 06/21/24 09:50
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: 86235

Nice set, but the graffiti really is bad.



Date: 06/21/24 10:05
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: exhaustED

I managed to find one without graffiti at the Caspe curve! A TECO/intermodal heading to Zaragoza behind another of the class 251 (B-B-B) locos




Date: 06/21/24 23:31
Re: Spanish Trip - Catalonia and Aragon
Author: 86235

exhaustED Wrote:
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> I managed to find one without graffiti at the
> Caspe curve! A TECO/intermodal heading to Zaragoza
> behind another of the class 251 (B-B-B) locos

That's nice!



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