Catching the train to work in the morning in Madrid is quite practical. Basically, if you are running a few minutes late, well so is your train, so you are almost guaranteed never to miss it. This suits me down to the ground since punctuality isn't always my strong point - certainly it isn't an area of Spanish culture that I struggle to "adapt" to!
If I were to make any suggestions of improving the train service, specifically on January mornings when it is -2 degrees outside and inside (yes, sadly it does drop that low, even in Spain), I would ask that they consider investing in some sort of central heating on the train, for the sake of the hundreds of icicles shivering their weary way to work at dawn (sunrise is at 8am).
But perhaps they are just trying to conserve energy and be more environmentally friendly!
Anyway, judging by this picture, we have a lot to be grateful for with European transport (having said that, they all seem to be having a lot of fun):