Still Rolling Along UPDATE: (Now needs a new title)

talgo[Everything I said about slow train travel in Spain is true. Except for the part about the Talgo III still being in service. It's last run, sadly, was in 2010.] Taking a trip on the AVE, Spain’s network of modern high-speed trains, is fast and efficient. But what’s your rush? There are plenty of older trains still in operation across the country and taking a trip on one is like slipping back in time. Above, the bar car of a Talgo III, which started service almost 50 years ago and is still going strongPhoto ©Mike Randolph

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3 Responses to Still Rolling Along UPDATE: (Now needs a new title)

  1. Beth July 11, 2013 at 11:53 #

    Such a civilized way to travel. I absolutely love train travel in Europe.

  2. Mike Randolph July 11, 2013 at 12:03 #

    I couldn’t agree more. Planes and buses get you there. Trains do that too, but in style. I look at it as the difference between transportation and travel.

  3. julvic July 11, 2013 at 16:42 #

    You are right Mike,
    Recently I needed to get to Malaga from Madrid in a hurry and I took the AVE it was fantastic for that purpose and so comfortable. It took me almost the same time as getting to the airport on time to check in besides the convenience of leaving from and arriving at the centre of town. But the Talgo was a great experience since I could enjoy the gorgeous landscape while in the ave the cows and sheep were frlying by like a huricane lifted them from their feet. At that time there was even a lunch/dinner restaurant service brough right to your seat.

    In Spain traveling by train is really nice, there are also secondary regional lines that although slower in some cases, they are very interesting to see the locals, villages,e tc. and combined with bus routes they can get you anywhere.

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