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Old December 18th, 2013, 04:48 PM   #801
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Currently DB just doesn't have the trains for it.
So is Germany currently short of ICE trains?
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Old December 18th, 2013, 05:29 PM   #802
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So is Germany currently short of ICE trains?
Yes. I regularly see ICE serts being replaced with conventional loco hauled IC sets on trains out of Basel for example.
DB has reliability probolems with its ICE-3 trains, and has not been able to get the new Velaros in service.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 09:20 PM   #803
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Even with all ICE3's working reliable and all 15 ordered Velaros in service they would not be able to massively increase services. An interesting note: A quick count reveals that SNCF has roughly twice the HSTs DBAG has. If you were to do a seat count SNCF would be even further ahead, given the large number of double deck TGVs. Also I can't help but notice that engineering wise Alstom has done a much better job then Siemens and Bombardier.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 10:20 PM   #804
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Also I can't help but notice that engineering wise Alstom has done a much better job then Siemens and Bombardier.
Care to qualify that? Some would argue that sticking to locos and trailers is regressive
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Old December 18th, 2013, 10:28 PM   #805
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Even with all ICE3's working reliable and all 15 ordered Velaros in service they would not be able to massively increase services. An interesting note: A quick count reveals that SNCF has roughly twice the HSTs DBAG has. If you were to do a seat count SNCF would be even further ahead, given the large number of double deck TGVs. Also I can't help but notice that engineering wise Alstom has done a much better job then Siemens and Bombardier.
The TGVs spend a lot more time parked though...
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Old December 19th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #806
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Care to qualify that? Some would argue that sticking to locos and trailers is regressive
Well I've ridden on a "TGV" that is not just locos and trailers - AGV.

The fact that SNCF hasn't ordered it is not Alstom's fault.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 12:42 AM   #807
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Aix-en-Provence TGV station.

An AVE Marseille-Madrid calling at the station.
The train looks rather empty, this is an entirely new service (there never was any direct train between Spain and Marseille).

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Old December 19th, 2013, 02:35 AM   #809
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The TGVs spend a lot more time parked though...
Except for the high-capacity Ouigo trains, in a 24 hour timeframe those sets spend much more hours on the tracks than any TGV or ICE ever do.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 02:49 AM   #810
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How is the OuiGo service doing (commercially)?
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Care to qualify that? Some would argue that sticking to locos and trailers is regressive
The parts that show problems on the ICE3s have nothing to do with the loco/trailer or distributed power trainset configurations. It's things like failing doors, airconditioners and problems with communication between 2 coupled trainsets, none of which seem to occur on Alstom built trains.

I agree with people that argue that a loco/trailer setup is old fashioned, however for a double deck set with jacobs bogies it is probably the only way to meet the 18t axle load limit.
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How is the OuiGo service doing (commercially)?
I don't have recent data, but in an article from IRJ you can find that Ouigo sold over 1 million tickets in the first 5 months of operation, which means an average occupancy of nearly 44,500 seats/week.

Given the limited number of services operated by Ouigo (62 trains per week), this would mean that on average a train carries 716 passengers. Ouigo trains run coupled, providing capacity for up to 1,200 passengers. That would mean that the average load between april and september was a stunning 59%. For a service as young as Ouigo, that is an excellent score.
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Narbonne-Perpignan-Cerbère/Portbou line.
Between Leucate-La Franqui and Port-la-Nouvelle stations.

AVE 09720 Barcelona Sants-Toulouse Matabiau, served by the trainset 100.024 (class S-100F):

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Ironically, the Renfe trainset manufactured by Alstom (100 Series, a based-TGV Atlantique) is on Barcelona-France service.

Renfe AVE trains are going only to Toulouse?
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Ironically, the Renfe trainset manufactured by Alstom (100 Series, a based-TGV Atlantique) is on Barcelona-France service.
There´s no irony in that, they´re simply the best suited, since they were the only bi-tension AVEs we had, and after all, they´re Alstom´s (or were they Altshom´s? can´t remember now).

Besides, more than being based on the TGV Atlantique, they´re more like the missing link between the TGV Atlantique and the TGV Réseau.

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Renfe AVE trains are going only to Toulouse?
No. They also do the routes Barcelona-Lyon and Madrid-Marseille.
Barcelona-Paris is TGV Duplex, and also possibly the future (and much missed) Barcelona-Geneva route, which the old Talgo IIIRD used to do.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 02:12 PM   #816
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Lille Eurostar departure lounge to undergo €3m rennovation
17 JAN, 2014



Lille’s Eurostar passenger departure lounge is to benefit from a €3 million makeover to accomodate the growing number of international passengers visiting the city.

Work will begin in March to increase the size of current departure lounge by 120 sqm and create a ‘better flow of passage’ for passengers.

Lille is the only provincial French city to directly connect four European capitals and by 2030 Eurostar estimates that passenger numbers will increase by more than 30 per cent.

Gares & Connexions, the body which manages stations on the French national rail network, has said that normal services will run throughout the work, which is expected to be completed by November 2014.
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View from the inside of the high-speed train who goes to Belgium (leaving from Gare Du Nord):


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