High-speed rail in Spain

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AVE 350 power car, with a distinctive shape designed to cut down on noise pollution.

The Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) high-speed rail system in Spain is currently under construction. High-speed trains have been running on the MadridSevilla route since 1992. Should the aims of the ambitious AVE construction program be met, by 2010 Spain will have 7000 km (4300 mi) of high-speed trains linking almost all provincial cities to Madrid in under 4 hours and Barcelona within 6 hours.

By 2007, the fastest long-distance commercial trains in operation will be moving passengers between Barcelona and Madrid at a top speed of 350 km/h (220 mph), traveling the 600 km (375 mi) between the two cities in only 2.5 hours. Three corporations have built or will build trains for the Spanish high-speed rail network: Spanish Talgo, French Alstom and German Siemens AG. Bombardier Transportation is a partner in both the Talgo-led and the Siemens-led consortium.

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