More about the AVE Valladolid
You can get to Valladolid with the AVE from different parts of Spain, for example from Madrid, Palencia, León or Segovia. From the capital Madrid it will only take 58 minutes to get there. An excellent travel time that will allow you to rest and to read a while or to listen to music or to have a coffee.
The Valladolid station is called Valladolid-Campo Grande. Since 2007, the High Speed ??line linking Madrid-Chamartín with Valladolid-Campo Grande has been launched. The trains that run this route are the Talgo nicknamed "Pato" (duck) and later, in 2015, the Valladolid-Palencia-León High Speed ??Line was put into operation.
The station is located at the main entrance of the city. The first station was a temporary small wooden construction, but later it arose the need to expand the station and a new one was built. The design of the station was commissioned to the French engineer Enrique Grasset and it took as a reference the French eclecticism of the time. Eclectic architecture combines elements that come from different eras and styles. It originated in France and spread throughout Europe, Russia and later, through the United States of America.
With a U-shaped plan and with the main facade in the shape of a triumphal arch, the station receives its passengers with total elegance. This entrance consists of 3 access arches separated by pillars. On the facade we can observe an endless number of artistic symbolism related to the city of Valladolid. To give an example, the sculptor Angel Diaz intervened in the decoration of the ornamental on the pediment of the central body. They wanted to project a characteristic of Valladolid and they did it by means of the shield of Valladolid surrounded by two feminine figures that represent an industry (a cogwheel accompanies the female figure) and the second with a hive, that represents the agriculture. These two trades were the most important industries in Valladolid at the end of the 19th century.
Grasset also participated in the design of the marquee that would cover the platforms and the tracks. The marquee was made of iron and glass and supported on pillars, beams and corbels.