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Old April 17th, 2015, 11:43 AM   #881
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I guess it is a bad idea to paint your trains white if you do not intend to wash them constantly. German ICEs tend to have a brown layer over the white if yo see them from up close. What has been working better is the Turkish TCDD high-speed train sets, as they seem to wash more often (then again the trains are just a few years old).
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Old April 17th, 2015, 06:39 PM   #882
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For Paris-Stuttgart I have noted that since the June 10, 2007 (POS) takes 3:45 (as now) and since April 3, 2016 it will take 3:10.

For Paris-Munich took 6:12 (now 6:09) and from 2016 it will take 5:40.
OMG, the Germans are really in a class of their own. Paris-Strasbourg, distance: 408km, travel time: 1h50m. Strasbourg, distance: 107km, travel time: 1h20m.

I grant you that these are linear distances, hence they do not take into account the "detour" via Karlsruhe. Nobody of course expects to see a tunnel underneath the northwestern Schwarzwald, but still.... it ain't exactly high-speed rail travel.
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Old April 19th, 2015, 12:07 PM   #883
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OMG, the Germans are really in a class of their own. Paris-Strasbourg, distance: 408km, travel time: 1h50m. Strasbourg, distance: 107km, travel time: 1h20m.

I grant you that these are linear distances, hence they do not take into account the "detour" via Karlsruhe. Nobody of course expects to see a tunnel underneath the northwestern Schwarzwald, but still.... it ain't exactly high-speed rail travel.
An improvement of 32 to 35 minutes is nothing to complain about. Germany is also still building sections of the Karlsruhe - Basel high-speed line, so there will be further improvements.
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Old April 19th, 2015, 08:14 PM   #884
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Oh that's still under construction?
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Old April 19th, 2015, 08:39 PM   #885
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They probably only wash it a few times per yr...
More, several times per month but a train can get dirt rapidly especially when if this train runs in a tunnel after open air sections.
The new livery of the Eurostar has less white.
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Old May 1st, 2015, 07:32 PM   #886
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Eurostar debuts London to Marseille high-speed rail link


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Eurostar on Friday began whisking passengers from London to Marseille in a journey that took just over six hours as the international rail company opened a permanent and direct route connecting Britain and southern France.

The new year-round transport service will see high-speed TGV trains race from the heart of London to the French cities of Lyon, Avignon and Marseille, the company announced.

Eurostar said travellers departing from St Pancras International would be able to reach Lyon in four-and-a-half hours, Avignon in just less than six hours, and the Mediterranean city of Marseille in six-and-a-half hours.

Lyon is considered to be the capital of French gastronomy, while Avignon attracts tens of thousands of tourists for its annual theatre festival.

Marseille, France’s second-largest city, is a historic Mediterranean port, long considered a gateway between continental Europe and much of the world.

“Brits have a long standing love affair with the south of France, and our new service brings the gastronomy, culture and art from the region closer to the UK,” Eurostar commercial director Nick Mercer said in a statement when the company announced the launch of its new rail link last year.

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http://www.france24.com/en/20150501-...s-lyon-avignon
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Old May 3rd, 2015, 12:49 AM   #887
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Regarding the Paris Lyon HSL, i will like to know the status of the study that RFF was suposed to make regarding the implementation of ERTMS in order to increase the line capacity.

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Old May 8th, 2015, 04:22 PM   #888
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Collection of TGV "Réseau" around Paris

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Old May 10th, 2015, 10:11 PM   #889
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Why TGV Pendulaire wasn't accept by SNCF?


http://trainsdumonde.chez-alice.fr/PENDULAIRE.htm

This trainset would be ideal for some TGV mixed services (LGV/conventional rail) to Nantes, Hendaye and Toulouse.
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Old May 12th, 2015, 04:52 PM   #890
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An improvement of 32 to 35 minutes is nothing to complain about. Germany is also still building sections of the Karlsruhe - Basel high-speed line, so there will be further improvements.
Not to mention the Stuttgart to Ulm high-speed line, which should shave off 25 more minutes en route to Munich.
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Old June 5th, 2015, 11:55 PM   #891
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Old June 6th, 2015, 01:39 AM   #892
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This summer I'm traveling to rural Lorraine (just to catch up my family) by TGV. The service to Épinal (an average sized town, pop: 35000) is excellent. It is fast, cheap when booked early, especially first class, but the connecting services are terrible. I was shocked to find out that the local service to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges only runs five times a day! I didn't think frequencies lower than every 2 hours would still exist in western Europe (except for the parliamentary services in the UK).
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There are a lot of stations in France that see only a handful of trains a day. For example, Nurieux, to the northeast of Lyon. In total, there are ten departures a day. There are 5 buses, 3 TER trains, and... 2 TGV Lyrias! One to Paris in the morning, and one that returns in the evening.

The logic of having a TGV serve a town with just over 1,000 inhibitants is beyond me.
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Old June 6th, 2015, 03:22 AM   #894
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The logic of having a TGV serve a town with just over 1,000 inhibitants is beyond me.
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Old June 6th, 2015, 04:40 AM   #895
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There are a lot of stations in France that see only a handful of trains a day. For example, Nurieux, to the northeast of Lyon. In total, there are ten departures a day. There are 5 buses, 3 TER trains, and... 2 TGV Lyrias! One to Paris in the morning, and one that returns in the evening.

The logic of having a TGV serve a town with just over 1,000 inhibitants is beyond me.
Just type "Oyonnax" on the Wiki and Google Maps and you'll see why TGVs call at Nurieux.
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Old June 6th, 2015, 07:55 AM   #896
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The French train network isn't that good outside of TGV between Paris and other cities from what I read here and elsewhere.
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Old June 6th, 2015, 04:54 PM   #897
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The French train network isn't that good outside of TGV between Paris and other cities from what I read here and elsewhere.
That is certainly not true. Rail services in and around larger conurbations in France are quick and frequent. I wonder where you come from that this level of service isn't good from your position.
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Old June 6th, 2015, 05:02 PM   #898
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While services in and around big conurbations are decent, rural lines (and many inter-urban routes), however, are rather twisty, slow and infrequent.

But the same is true in almost every country in the world! Other than the decent services in big conurbations, that is...
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That is certainly not true. Rail services in and around larger conurbations in France are quick and frequent. I wonder where you come from that this level of service isn't good from your position.
I was referring to their inter-city network, not their mass transit systems. I recently did some searches in Rail Europe of French cities such as Lille to Nantes to example. They involved transfers in Paris which added time and/or traveling on slower train lines even when on TGV. French cities except for Paris also lack suburban rail networks than most of their neighbors countries have, just regional trains. I'm not saying it's bad system, it's just not as impressive as you think it is.
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Probably because of the distances .... Spain, which is quite large too, has the same configuration. Belgium, Holland, England which are much smaller and denser populated countries probably have these suburban connections.
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