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Segovia versus Ávila: la conexión ferroviaria entre Madrid y la Cuenca del Duero (1845-1865)


  • Rafael Barquín



En este artículo se describe el largo proceso político y administrativo que desembocó en la elección de la ruta de Ávila como lugar de paso del ferrocarril que debía enlazar Madrid con la Cuenca del Duero y la frontera francesa. Fue una decisión equivocada porque existía una alternativa mejor, la construcción de un túnel de tres kilómetros de longitud en la Sierra de Guadarrama (Segovia). Probablemente el coste de construcción de aquella obra hubiera sido inferior a lo presupuestado; así como el de todo el ferrocarril con respecto al que realmente se hizo. Pero, sobre todo, los gastos de explotación del ferrocarril abulense eran significativamente mayores que los del segoviano. KEY Classification-JEL: N73. N43. N93

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  • Rafael Barquín, 2012. "Segovia versus Ávila: la conexión ferroviaria entre Madrid y la Cuenca del Duero (1845-1865)," Investigaciones de Historia Económica (IHE) Journal of the Spanish Economic History Association, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica, vol. 8(03), pages 144-153.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:invest:v:08:y:2012:i:03:p:144-153

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    Ferrocarril. Túnel. Ingeniería. Administración.;

    JEL classification:

    • N73 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N43 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N93 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: Pre-1913


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