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Old July 16th, 2015, 03:04 AM   #941
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Old July 16th, 2015, 01:31 PM   #942
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Article about Nîmes-Montpellier Bypass:
http://www.railengineer.uk/2015/07/0...s-differences/



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Old September 5th, 2015, 01:05 PM   #943
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Old September 14th, 2015, 05:14 PM   #944
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A video posted yesterday showing the latest views of construction on the new high-speed line bypassing Nîmes and Montpellier in the dense corridor of coastal Languedoc.

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Old September 29th, 2015, 04:50 PM   #945
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Testing starts on LGV Est Phase 2
29 Sep 2015



FRANCE: National operator SNCF has started test running on the second phase of LGV Est Européan. An instrumented EuroDuplex TGV decked out in a commemorative livery began running over the new section of the route on the morning of September 28.

Running for 106 km between the end of Phase 1 at Baudrecourt and Vendenheim on the outskirts of Strasbourg, the €2bn second phase of the high speed line has been under construction since 2010. Tracklaying was completed in March

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Old September 29th, 2015, 09:54 PM   #946
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Great livery on that trainset
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Old September 30th, 2015, 09:13 AM   #947
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Old September 30th, 2015, 07:50 PM   #948
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stupid question: are all high speed tracks in France bi-directional?

I read somewhere there is an issue with those fancy high-speed switches (those that can be cleared at >240km/h when changing tracks) that make operation at full speed in opposite direction not recommended.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 09:41 PM   #949
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Em, aren't switches at LGVs are limited to 160 or something like that when diverging?
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Yes the french LGV tracks are all bidirectional. Switches that allow tout move from one main track to the other are limited to 160 km/h. After having cleared them, the speed limit is the same as on the right main.

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Old October 5th, 2015, 06:44 PM   #951
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http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/h...-go-ahead.html

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Two more LGV branches to go ahead
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The GPSO project will form an extension of LGV Sud-Europe Atlantique, now under construction between Bordeaux and Tours and due to open in 2017.


FRANCE: Transport Minister Alain Vidalies announced on September 26 that the government intends to proceed with plans to extend the high speed network from Bordeaux to Toulouse and Dax.

The decision in favour of what is known as the Grand Projet Ferroviaire du Sud-Ouest reverses the negative finding of a 2014 enquiry into the public interest of the scheme. This had concluded on March 30 2015 that the benefits did not justify the estimated €8·3bn cost.

Explaining his decision, Vidalies said that France should not ‘fall behind’ in developing the ‘Arc Méditerranéen’, while European support for the project was also a factor. The ministry’s proposal will now be submitted to the Conseil d’Etat for formal approval.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 08:04 PM   #952
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any news on the LGV linking Perpignan (and therefore Barcelona) to Montpellier?
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Old October 27th, 2015, 11:56 PM   #953
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Lots of hornage and train meets in this video

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Old October 29th, 2015, 08:11 AM   #954
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any news on the LGV linking Perpignan (and therefore Barcelona) to Montpellier?
Still not officially scheduled.... But the French State has confirmed again few weeks ago that the project won't be abandoned nor "postponed indefinitely". (so, in other words, I think we are going to wait)


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A Testing vehicle has apparently just derailed while on a test run on LGV Est Phase 2 close to Strasbourg. 5 people died when the unit fell off a bridge and into a canal, according to first reports.
Article in French: http://www.lalsace.fr/actualite/2015...-a-eckwersheim
Horrible days for the French people indeed, my condolences to all people involved, RIP.
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From the same link



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Old November 14th, 2015, 06:37 PM   #957
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According to the first informations, the cause is overspeeding.
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A Testing vehicle has apparently just derailed while on a test run on LGV Est Phase 2 close to Strasbourg. 5 people died when the unit fell off a bridge and into a canal, according to first reports.
Article in French: http://www.lalsace.fr/actualite/2015...-a-eckwersheim
Horrible days for the French people indeed, my condolences to all people involved, RIP.
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Very unfortunate event.

However, it puzzles me how the driver can it be overspeeding? That points a huge disciplinary issue.
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Old November 14th, 2015, 07:56 PM   #960
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Very unfortunate event.

However, it puzzles me how the driver can it be overspeeding? That points a huge disciplinary issue.
LGV Est is one of fastest high-speed lines in the world, and I believe that sometimes there were overspeeding
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