Madrid–Galicia high-speed rail line

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Túneles de la línea de alta velocidad Olmedo-Zamora-Galicia.jpg
Madrid–Galicia high-speed rail line
Track gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Zamora-Santiago de Compostela high-speed section
233.0 Gauge changer in Zamora
232.4 Zamora
conventional line from/to Medina del Campo
Autovía del Duero (A-11)
Viaducto del Río Valderaduey
Autovía Ruta de la Plata (A-66)
223.2 Crossover Coreses
Intersection with conventional line Medina-Zamora
Río Duero
Río Duero bridge
203.4 Semi-PAET Toro
Río Guareña
Arroyo del Puente
Arroyo del Caño
Arroyo de la Pitanza
Intersection with conventional line Medina-Salamanca
156.5 Gauge changer in Medina towards Salamanca
155.4 PAET Medina del Campo
Autovía del Noroeste (A-6)
Línea convencional Madrid-Hendaya
Río Zapardiel
bridge over A-6
Línea convencional Olmedo-Medina
Viaducto de Río Adaja
144.4 PCA Pozal de Gallinas and future link to Valladolid
Intersection with conventional line Olmedo-Medina
137.1 Junction to eliminate gauge changer of Medina del Campo
Start of the Olmedo–Galicia section
133,8 Junction Medina
Link to Madrid–Leon high-speed rail line
133.0 Olmedo
106.6 Crossover Nava de la Asunción
94.4 Tabladillo Tunnel
86.0 Garcillán
70.7 Puentecilla Tunnel
Intersection with conventional line Villa
68.3 Segovia-Guiomar railway station
37.5 Guadarrama Tunnels
35.5 Miraflores de la Sierra
Intersection with conventional line Madrid-Burgos
32.9 Arroyo Valley bridge
23.2 Tunnels of Cerro de San Pedro
Intersection with conventional line Madrid-Burgos
18.9 Crossover Tres Cantos
Intersection with conventional line Madrid-Burgos
Intersection with conv. line Madrid-Alcobendas/S.S. de los Reyes
Fuencarral maintenance center
Intersection with link Hortaleza-Pitis
Intersection with link Hortaleza-Chamartin
Link to Chamartin Iberian gauge (width changer)
0.50 Madrid Chamartín railway station
End of the line
(Future Túnel de la risa between Puerta de Atocha-Chamartín)

The Madrid–Galicia high-speed rail line is a high-speed railway line partially open in Spain that will link the city of Madrid with the region of Galicia via the cities of Olmedo, Zamora and Santiago de Compostela when completed. The line will also connect the Atlantic Axis high-speed rail line to the rest of the Spanish AVE high-speed network. The Madrid–Galicia high-speed rail line is being constructed as double electrified line and is designed for trains running at speeds up to 350 kilometres per hour (220 mph).[1]


The line shares the same railway for the section between Madrid and Olmedo with the Madrid–Leon high-speed rail line. This part was inaugurated on 23 December 2007 along with the entire section Madrid–SegoviaValladolid. Construction on the section between Ourense and Santiago de Compostela started in 2004 and the 87.1 km part was completed and connected with the Atlantic Axis high-speed rail line in Santiago de Compostela on 10 December 2011. This part of the line has a track gauge of 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in) Iberian gauge, which is due to be converted to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge later.[1] As of November 2015, trains in Alvia commercial service use this part on routes between Galicia and other Spanish regions.

In July 2015 it was announced that the traction power supply for the Olmedo-Pedralba de la Pradería (near Puebla de Sanabria) section would be switched on on 7 August 2015.[2] The 99 km southern section, between Olmedo (130 km north of Madrid on the Madrid–Leon line) and Zamora entered revenue service on 17 December 2015 and initially served by Alvia trains.[3][4] The central part, which crosses some of Spain's most remote and fragile nature areas, is expected to open in 2018.[5]


In July 2013, an S730 train derailed in a non-AVE stretch near the Santiago de Compostela station.


  1. ^ a b "Infraestructuras y Estaciones". Adif. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Adif pone en tensión tramo de alta velocidad Olmedo-Pedralba de la Pradería". 22 July 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Fran Hurtado (15 December 2015). "El AVE Madrid-Zamora se estrena este jueves sin actos inaugurales". Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "La llegada del AVE a Zamora se retrasa a finales de año, según la ministra, Ana Pastor". La Opinion de Zamora. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Los AVE de pruebas entre Olmedo y Zamora comenzarán a circular a finales de septiembre". La Opinión de Zamora. 23 August 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.