The Trenhotel with the former nown ‘Elipsos’ brand covered the journeys Madrid-Paris (Francisco De Goya), Barcelona-Paris (Joan Miró), Barcelona-Milan (Salvador Dalí) and Barcelona-Zurich (Pau Casals).
The trains disappeared on December 15 of 2013 as a consequence of the start-up that day of the new direct lines between Spain and France with high-speed trains (TAV). “The demand for these trains had dropped a lot in recent times,” said a spokesman for the French railway company SNCF to justify the suppression of those trains.
The ‘Elipsos’ were the best equipped international night trains in Europe, with a common denominator for all their customers: comfort and quality. The train hotels are made up of small cars, where privacy and security were guaranteed (Talgo trains of last generation and had service staff throughout the night to ensure customers).
The company offered different spaces for all types of clients and travel; you could share a cabin or have it for individual use. It also had an real restaurant, where a chef prepared the dishes at the request of the client with the guarantee of the international company Wagons Lits (of the Accor group). It also had a cafeteria.
These trains currently rest in a state of semi-abandonment in the workshops “La Sagra” of Renfe Integria in the Madrid-Toledo LAV. This request as you well know, is to try to return those trains with so much “glamor” that traveled for the long-awaited golden age of Renfe connecting Spain with much of Europe quickly, conveniently and affordably. Let’s not turn this into a world where there are only high-speed trains and the only commuter trains that exist are the Civia.
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