Trenalia

Trenalia
Logo of Trenalia
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Network map
Reporting markTNA
LocaleSoutheastern Euclea
Dates of operation1955 (1955)–present
Track gauge1,500 mm
Electrification25 kV / 50 Hz AC
HeadquartersMontecara
Websitetrenalia.co

Trenalia is an international passenger rail and rail services company serving southeastern Euclea with its headquarters in Montecara. It is jointly owned by the governments of Montecara and Florena and offers extensive services in those countries along with connecting services to Gaullica and Etruria. The company's headquarters are located directly adjacent to Montecara Pòrta Conìxia railway station.

History and ownership

Rail transport had been a key component of the inter-city transport system in southeast Euclea since the heyday of steam trains in the mid- to late 19th century. By the 1950s, however, long-distance rail in Florena was in tatters. The country had emerged from the Great War and Solarian War with badly damaged infrastructure and no surviving rail companies with enough human, material, and financial resources to rebuild.

A solution presented itself in the form of Florena's island neighbor to the east, Montecara. Montecara had longed for a fixed link with the Euclean mainland for centuries, but by the time that technology had advanced to the point that such a feat could even be seriously considered, Florena was a war-ravaged and poor nation that the Montecaran government wanted to keep at arm's length. With Florena in recovery by the early 1950s, though, it seemed that the time had finally come for the two countries to collaborate. The two states signed a memorandum of understanding in May 1951 to work together to rebuild and connect their rail systems. After four years of negotiations, Trenalia was born as a joint government-owned corporation in 1955, with its stock split 50-50 between the two states. It was agreed that the company would have a legal monopoly on long-distance and regional rail services, and that the state governments would guarantee debt coverage in the event of budget shortfalls. Private freight rail companies continued to operate, and Gaullican and Etrurian trains connected to destinations in Florena, but Trenalia was the sole provider of domestic and cross-border passenger rail in its service area.

Trenalia began passenger operations on 7 March 1955 an inaugural service between Demora and Montecara that used a rail ferry to cross the Aurean Straits. Engineering studies began the following year to explore the various possibilities for a cross-strait link that would drastically ease travel between Montecara and the Euclean mainland. After considering the possibilities of various bridges, including a causeway and what would have been the world's longest suspension bridge, Trenalia's engineers officially recommended a twin-bore undersea tunnel as the best option. No bridge design could be found that would not impede shipping to what the Montecaran state felt was an economically unacceptable degree, and although no undersea tunnel had ever been constructed that would be as long as this one (10.08 km), the engineers felt that the technology was at an acceptably advanced state to make it feasible.

Construction on the Cross-Strait Tunnel began in January 1956 and would continue for nearly eight years before the link was opened to great fanfare on 11 December 1963. At long last, Montecara was connected to the rest of Euclea by a link that was fast and impervious to weather and tides.

Divisions and subsidiaries

In addition to its core passenger-rail business, Trenalia operates a number of subsidiaries that cover other aspects of the rail transport industry. Trenalia Cargo conducts logistics operations (mainly carrying mail and parcels aboard trains) and Trenalia Infra manages the construction and maintenance of rail infrastructure.

Routes and lines

Trenalia route map

Trenalia services include express intercity (Exprima), intercity (Direta), regional (Rexiò), and night (Nocta) trains.

Regional rail

Regional rail services that connect Montecara with points in Florena consist of six lines that together cover 890 km. Trains generally stop at all stations and run at frequent and regular intervals throughout the day, seven days a week.

Rexiò lines
Line Terminals km Stations
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Montecara Pòrta Conìxia Bórdaia 75 2
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Montecara Pòrta Conìxia Cortos 207 5
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Montecara Pòrta Conìxia Núnta 221 5
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Montecara Pòrta Conìxia Sartosa 234 6
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Montecara Pòrta Conìxia Roiana 225 6
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Montecara Pòrta Conìxia Valenti 268 6

Classes of service

First-class seating on Exprima service
Second-class seating on Direta service

First class

All first-class tickets come with access to first-class waiting rooms at stations where available. Aboard the train, first-class passengers enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks, newspapers and magazines, and access to dedicated lounge and dining cars and meeting rooms on select trains.

Seating

Trenalia uses several different seating configurations in its carriages. On trains with open-carriage seating, first-class seats are arranged three to a row and generally face forward aside from a few sets of two or four facing each other at the ends of carriages.

On trains with compartment seating, first-class compartments seat four, arranged in two pairs of seats facing each other.

All first-class seats come with a table, reading lamp, and attendant call button.

Single sleeper

A private room for a single traveler, first-class single sleepers come with a private toilet, shower, and sink. The bed converts to a couch and table for daytime use, and an attendant is on call to bring meals, drinks, and snacks and provide turndown service.

Double sleeper

First-class double sleepers accommodate two and may be booked whole or by a single traveler, in which case they are single-sex. Like the single sleepers, they come with private toilet, shower, and sink, and an attendant is on call to bring meals, drinks, and snacks and provide turndown service.

Second class

A second-class double compartment configured for nighttime

Seating

Second-class seats are slightly narrower than first-class ones, with four seats per row rather than three in open carriages and pairs of three seats each in compartment carriages. They are generally equipped with folding tray tables. Drinks, snacks, and meals are available for purchase in the bar or dining car.

Double sleeper

Second-class double compartments can be booked whole or by a single traveler, in which case they are single-sex. They have a private sink and share toilets with the rest of the carriage.

Quartet

Couchette car with space for four travelers per compartment. They are usually mixed-sex, but trains generally have at least one women's-only quartet, and groups may reserve the entire compartment. They have a private sink and share toilets with the rest of the carriage.

Reservations

Lights above a row of second-class seats indicating that seat 3C is reserved

Reservations are required for single sleepers but are optional for all other tickets. Reserving a seat incurs a small additional charge.

Fares and ticketing

Commuter services are priced transparently based on distance traveled. This means that tickets can be purchased well in advance and used at any time by simply validating the ticket before boarding.

For intercity services, Trenalia uses a complex fare structure based on distance, date and time, service class, train type, how far in advance the ticket is booked, and other factors.

Cartalia is Trenalia's discount card, available in three versions: Cartalia25, Cartalia50, and Cartalia100. The first two offer discounts of 25% and 50% respectively on all tickets; the last allows for unlimited travel on the entire rail network excluding sleepers, which require a small additional payment.

Rolling stock

Image Type Class Services Max. speed Built
802201 on daytime testing at Northallerton on the ECML.jpg Electric multiple unit 802 Exprima 225 km/h 2018
Örnsköldsvik Central Station 7.JPG Electric multiple unit X55 Exprima 200 km/h 2000–2013
SJ X2000 te Strömstad.JPG Electric locomotive X2 Exprima, Direta 200 km/h 1989–1998
X40.jpg Electric multiple unit X40 Direta, Rexiò 200 km/h 2006–2019
Lörrach - Regio S-Bahn.jpg Electric multiple unit Serie 5000 Rexiò 160 km/h 2004
EMU Z2M of ONCF between Sidi Mbarek du R'Dom and Bab-Tisra, Morocco.jpg Electric multiple unit DF20 Super Rexiò 140 km/h 1998–2000
SJ Rc6 at Luleå C.JPG Electric locomotive Rc Nocta, Non-revenue 135 km/h 1967–1988