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🇪🇸 Alvia 4075 @ Ourense-San Francisco | by Wesley van Drongelen
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🇪🇸 Alvia 4075 @ Ourense-San Francisco

I present to you the second most important station in Ourense - not that that fact is very telling, given that there are only two stations in that city. Ourense-San Francisco was opened in 1957, together with the railway to Puebla de Sanabria, part of the Directo Gallego, the shortest route from Madrid to Galicia via Zamora and Ourense. It used to have two platforms and three tracks, but these days it has been converted to a line side halt (the island platform between what used to be the second and third track is still recognisable though), which is plenty enough for the one pair of trains O Carballiño - Ourense-San Francisco that serves the station... O Carballiño, by the way, is only about 25 kilometers away from the main station of Ourense-Empalme. Until last year, there was a handful of regional trains to/from Puebla de Sanabria, but these have been purely and simply cancelled in RENFE's current cost-cutting operation.


The train we see here, of course, has no intention of stopping at all, like all long-distance trains that use the Directo Gallego. Alvia 4075 consists of two hybrid dual-gauge Class 730 train sets - the diesel generator car is well visible right behind (or in front of) the motor car - that run jointly from Madrid-Chamartín to Ourense-Empalme. The barely visible front train set, number 730 057/058, then continues to Pontevedra via Vigo-Guixar, while the rear one (730 075/076) goes on to A Coruña via Santiago de Compostela. Ourense-San Francisco, 28-07-2014.

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Taken on July 28, 2014