Railway Operators in Spain
Many thanks to Manuel Marcos for providing much technical data, especially of already withdrawn RENFE classes.


RENFE - Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles

Network length, gauge and electrification (2012):

In 1999 the RENFE was split up in different business units. AV-LD is the business unit that operates high-speed trains mainly over the standard gauge high-speed lines. ADIF is since January 2005 the new track authority. In 2006 former "Grandes Lineas" was renamed in "Larga Distancia" and "Regionales" in "Media Distancia".

Since 1 January 2013 RENFE and ADIF have become responsible of the former FEVE narrow gauge services and railway lines. FEVE operated narrow gauge trains in northwestern Spain, on the lines Bilbao-Leon, Bilbao-Santander, Santander-Llanes-Oviedo, Oviedo-Collanzo, Oviedo-Esteban, Gijon-Laviana, Gijon-Aviles-Pravia and Oviedo-Pravia-El Ferrol. In May 2003 the line Balmaseda-Guardo was reopened, allowing a through connection between Bilbao and Leon again after 10 years of closure.

In 2017 passenger traffic grew by 3.5% to 487.9 million passengers, of which 36.5 million on high-speed services (+4%), 23 million on medium distance (+1.5%) and 423 million on suburban services (+3.6%). Freight traffic grew by 7.3% to 19.6 million tonnes.

Websites: http://www.renfe.es/ and http://www.adif.es/

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ARS - Acciona Rail Services


Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

ACCIONA Rail Services has met all the administrative requirements necessary to operate in the rail freight transport sector with the concession of the safety certificate by the Railway Infrastructures Administration authority's (Adif) board of directors.
Having completed the formalities, the company is now able to begin operations, which it plans to do in late January, by virtue of the contract signed with Unión Fenosa to transport coal from the port of Gijón to the electric company's thermal power plant in La Robla (León). This all started in 2007. At the moment of writing (March 2012) Acciona does not have any regular open access freight operations anymore.

Website: http://www.acciona-railservices.es/

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COMSA - COMSA Rail Transport

Network length, gauge and electrification (2014):

COMSA started as a track maintenance and building company in Spain. It is now part of the COMSA EMTE group and also operates open-access freight trains in Spain and Portugal.
In July 2018 COMSA Rail Transport was acquired by SNCF Logistics, and will become Captrain España in the near future.

Website: http://www.comsaemte.com/

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CR - Continental Rail


Network length, gauge and electrification (2006):

Construrail was a subsidiary of Continental Rail (51%) and RENFE (49%) set up for the operation of track maintenance and building trains. But in 2007 they started operating the first regular intermodal service between Valencia and Madrid. In the mean time the company now operates as Continental Rail.

Website: http://www.continentalrail.es/

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EuskoTren (former FV/ET)


Network length, gauge and electrification (2007):

This company operates trains on the narrow gauge network in northern Spain, consisting of the lines Bilbao-Lezama, Bilbao-San Sebastian, Amorebieta-Bermeo, and San Sebastian-Hendaye. The also operate the La Reineta funicular and the tram in Bilbao and Vitoria (EuskoTran).

In 2017 passenger traffic grew by 25% to 19.4 million passengers on trains (now including new Line 3 of Metro de Bilbao), and by 3% on tram services to 11.0 million passengers.

Website: http://www.euskotren.es/

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FGC - Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

This company operates trains Barcelona-Sabadell/Terrassa/Manresa/Igualada. In 2003 the rack line from Monistrol-Enllac to Montserrat was re-opened. The line had been closed since 1958. Since January 2005 FGC operates passenger trains on the former RENFE line between Lleida and Pobla de Segur. In 2016 the line from Sabadel was extended to Placa Major (1.5km), and to Sabadell Parc du Nord (and Ca n'Oriac depot) in 2017 (another 3.7km).

In 2015 21.7 million passengers used the meter gauge lines (242.9 million passenger-km) and 57.9 million passengers used the standard gauge lines (590.5 million passenger-km).

Website: http://www.fgc.net/

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FGV - Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana

Network length, gauge and electrification (2012):

This company operates trains on the non-electrified line between Alicante and Denia (92km) and the city tram and metro of Valencia. 14km of line between Alacant-La Marina and El Campello on the Alicante-Denia line have been doubled and electrified at 750V= as the first phase for a tram-train project.

In 2017 74.35 million passengers travelled with FGV (+1.76% on 2016): 63.8 million on Metrovalència and 10.5 million on Tram de Alacant.

Website: http://www.fgv.es/

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FS - Ferrocarril de Soller

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This company operates passenger trains between Palma and Soller on the island Mallorca. Once a day there is a touristic train with additional stops (for nice views over the island). At Soller the railway connects to the Tranvia de Soller which operates trams to the port of Soller.

Website: http://www.trendesoller.com/

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SFM - Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca

Network length, gauge and electrification (2013):

This company operates passenger trains on the island Mallorca. The Y-shaped network runs from Palma to Inca, and from there to Sa Pobla (reopened in 2001) or to Manacor (reopened 2003). The oringinal network on the island was 914mm gauge, but all SFM lines have been rebuilt to meter gauge. The line from Palma to Enllac has been electrified (more to follow).
In 2005 traffic grew to almost 3.5 million passengers, 11% more than in 2004. In passenger-km the rise was almost 25% to 75 billion.

Website: http://www.trensfm.com/

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Track building and maintenance companies

Network length, gauge and electrification (2003):

Spain has several track building/maintenance companies that operate their own locomotives, shunters and special equipment.

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Last update: 17-07-2018