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From Pistoia / Milan (high-speed and traditional) / Padua and Verona
Station on track
96+908 Bologna Centrale
Junction to left
96+578 To Ancona)
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To Portomaggiore
Junction from left
93+461 Bivio Crociali (Bologna ring railway)
Station on track
90+490
6+433
Bologna San Ruffillo
Junction to right Unknown route-map component "exLUECKE"
5+205 Old line to Florence
Straight track Unknown route-map component "exSTR"
From Bologna High-Speed station (under construction)
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83+763 Pianoro tunnel (10,481 m)
Enter tunnel Unknown route-map component "tSTR"
4+724 Connecting tunnel
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4+527 Signaling boundary
Exit tunnel Unknown route-map component "tSTR"
0+206
Enter tunnel Unknown route-map component "tSTR"
0+206 Pianoro tunnel
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0+000
78+487
Emilia junction
Exit tunnel
72+920 Pianoro tunnel (exit)
Enter tunnel
72+220 Sadurano tunnel (3,855 m)
Exit tunnel
68+352
Enter tunnel
68+290 Monte Bibele tunnel (9,243 m)
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60+166 P.M.[1] Idice
Exit tunnel
59+047
Enter tunnel
72+920 Raticosa tunnel (10,450 m)
Exit tunnel
48+341
Enter tunnel
48+268 Scheggianico tunnel (3,558 m)
Exit tunnel
44+712
Enter tunnel
44+445 Firenzuola tunnel (15,285 m)
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43+834 P.M. San Pellegrino
Exit tunnel
29+165
Enter tunnel
28+948 Borgo Rinzelli tunnel (717 m)
Exit tunnel
28+231
Enter tunnel
27+323 Morticine tunnel (654 m)
Exit tunnel
26+630
Non-passenger station on track
24+192 P.M. San Piero a Sieve
Enter tunnel
29+165 Vaglia tunnel (18,713 m)
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5+611 Signaling boundary
Exit tunnel
5+442
Junction from right
Old line from Bologna / Line from Viareggio
Station on track
5+372 Firenze Castello
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To Pisa
Station on track
2+766 Firenze Rifredi
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Lines to Faenza, Rome and Rome (high-speed)
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0+000 Firenze Santa Maria Novella

The Bologna-Florence high-speed railway is a link in the Italian high-speed rail network. It is part of Corridor 1 of the European Union's Trans-European high-speed rail network, which connects Berlin and Palermo. Full commercial opeeations commenced on 13 December 2009. High-speed passenger trains take 37 minutes over the route compared to about 59 minutes previously.[2]

The line's northern end is at Bologna Centrale railway station and it connects with the Milan–Bologna high-speed line and lines to Venice and Verona. Its southern end is at Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station and it connects with the Florence–Rome high-speed line. It ia used by high-speed passenger trains, while some goods trains will continue to use the old Bologna–Florence railway, completed in 1934 and known as the Direttissima.

The line is 78.5 km long and includes 73.8 km of tunnels. From Bologna to Florence, the tunnels are:[2]

  • Pianoro, 10.760 m
  • Sadurano, 3.855 m
  • Monte Bibele, 9.101 m
  • Raticosa, 10.363 m
  • Scheggianico, 3.559 m
  • Fiorenzuola, 15.211 m
  • Borgo Rinzelli, 717 m
  • Morticine, 654 m
  • Vaglia, 16.752 m

Maximum rock coverage over tunnels is about 600 to 700 m. All tunnels are double track. Each tunnel has an intermediate access from the surface about every 5 km, except the Vaglia tunnel, which instead has a parallel service tunnel for about half of its length.

The construction of the line, including electrification, was completed in 2008 and testing of the line commenced in December 2008. The line was handed over to the rail network on 30 June 2009. The first commercial service occurred on 4 December 2009 and it was officially openned next day. Full commercial opeeations commenced on 13 December 2009.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Posto di movimento", that is a passing loop, allowing slower trains to be overtaken.
  2. ^ a b "The new high speed Bologna–Florence line" (PDF). Treno Alta Velocità. http://www.rfi.it/cms-file/allegati/rfi/The%20new%20high%20speed%20BOLOGNA%20-%20FLORENCE%20line.pdf. Retrieved 31 January 2009.  







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