Friday, 23 November 2012
Alta Velocidad Española (AVE), Spain.
Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) is a service of high speed trains in Spain operated by RENFE, the Spanish railway company at speeds up to 310 Km/h. The name is literally translated from Spanish Alta Velocidad Española (Spanish High Speed), but its initials are also a play on the word ave, meaning "bird". As of December 2011, the Spanish AVE system is the longest HSR network in Europe with 2,665 km of track. Unlike the rest of the Spanish broad gauge network, the AVE uses standard gauge, permitting direct connections outside Spain.