I am at the A2 level. My course notes give the term Vía férrea for railways. Spanishdict does not show up this term at all, while wikipedia says Vía férrea refer to the actual Tracks. Linguee gives both Ferrocarril and Vía férrea for railways.
Spanishdict gives the following when searched only for Vía : Se necesita reparar las vías del tren.The train tracks need to be repaired.
Does this mean that ferrocarril & Vía férrea are synonyms and refer to the Railway system/transport as a whole while Vía refers to the physical tracks/route etc Eg. Vía digestiva
Request some clarifications.