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Friday 12/11/2021 Bilbao to Madrid via Miranda de Ebro, Venta de Baños, Medina del Campo and Avila. At Venta de Baños we walked to the AVENFER workshops for a look around, also having a short ride in turns hauled by a steam locomotive and a small diesel locomotive. At Avila a Class 333 diesel was attached to the front of the train: it being a GM product not an Alco this was not appreciated by everyone! The train should have terminated at Madrid Chamartín but anyone wishing to could stay on through the Madrid tunnels out to Principe Pio station. Return to Chamartín was by suburban train but this ran late and it would have been much quicker to get the Metro!
Route: Bilbao Abando 07:30 (PTG Special, ALSA DL 2150, former RENFE 321050 leading ALSA DL 1603, former RENFE 316003; train 39636) - Miranda de Ebro - Pancorbo 09:33/09:48 - Burgos - Venta de Baños 11:45; walk to visit AVENFER workshops; 14:00 (train 39602) - Valladolid Campo Grande - Medina del Campo 15:09/15:24 - Avila 16:25/16:35 (attach ALSA DL 333107) - Madrid Chamartín 18:12; continuation via Recoletos - Atocha (platform 4) - Madrid Principe Pio 20:00; 20:08 (RENFE EMU 450033) - Madrid Chamartín 20:45. Overnight at the Hotel Madrid Chamartín The One.