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Old July 16th, 2013, 01:11 PM   #721
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On high speed lines, rails are systematically welded so there aren't any fishplates that could become loose...
True, but it doesn't have to be a fishplate. Any metal object of a few kgs that could get loose, like an actuating rod for instance, will do.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 02:30 PM   #722
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True, but it doesn't have to be a fishplate. Any metal object of a few kgs that could get loose, like an actuating rod for instance, will do.
Indeed...

Which is probably why Infrabel got mad about the V250 trainsets once they
learned that they were loosing metal bits along the way...
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Old July 19th, 2013, 01:42 PM   #723
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Stunning pic of gare de l'est:



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Old September 5th, 2013, 10:20 PM   #724
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A fire broke at Albi-Ville station, destroying a third of the building and notably the signal box of the station...

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Incendie à Albi : un tiers de la gare détruite dont le poste d’aiguillage

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Old September 19th, 2013, 11:16 PM   #725
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French plan €15bn network modernisation
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FRENCH Rail Network (RFF) has submitted a six-year €15bn plan to modernise the railway network to the deputy minister of transport, Mr Frédéric Cuvillier.

The plan was requested by Cuvillier last October following a report by the Lausanne Federal Polytechnic School which highlighted the poor state of the conventional rail network, where investment in recent decades has been low due to priority being given to high-speed lines.
The Grand Network Modernisation Plan (GPMR) has four key objectives:

• to improve reliability by on the one hand reducing the number of infrastructure failures and the network's vulnerability to level crossing accidents, trespass, vandalism and cable theft, and on the other hand improving train operation during perturbations

• to increase capacity by deploying new technologies such as GSM-R and ERTMS, running more trains on the busiest high-speed lines such as Paris – Lyon, and prioritising investment at major junctions such as Paris Gare de Lyon, Lyon Part-Dieu, and Marseille

• to improve security by cutting in half the number of deaths due to trespass, and

• to make rail travel more attractive by introducing regular-interval timetables for commuter services.

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Old October 21st, 2013, 06:09 AM   #726
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Saint-Denis-près-Martel station

Junction between the lines Brive la Gaillarde-St Denis près Martel-Figeac-Capdenac-Tessonnières-Toulouse and St Denis près Martel-Viescamp sous Jallès.

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Turenne station.

On the line Brive la Gaillarde-St Denis près Martel-Figeac-Capdenac-Tessonnières-Toulouse.

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Old October 24th, 2013, 12:06 AM   #732
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Has there ever been talk of a railroad station under Nice Airport? Everytime I get there it just seems strange that they don't have one.
It's the third most busiest airport in the country and it serves an entire region. It would be perfect if people landing there could jump on the local train and go either way. Aswell as jumping on the TGV or intercity rail.
Having to take a bus to the central station shouldn't have to be necessary.

It's nice that they have another tram planned from the airport to the port ready in 2017 (which they say will easy congestion).
Have a train station under the airport aswell and you'll get rid of even more traffic!

(The railroad is currently just north of the airport so you'd basically just have a tunnel under the station and have it connect to the existing railroad.)
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Old October 24th, 2013, 02:13 PM   #733
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Well, I use Nice Saint-Augustin everytime I'm not staying outside Nice, due to fact that railway prices are cheaper than most regional buses from Nice Airport.
And it's a pity that there is no airport station - it's only 300 m (covered?) walkway and 2 platforms required to build, no fancy overpasses and elevated stations.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 02:37 PM   #734
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Well, I use Nice Saint-Augustin everytime I'm not staying outside Nice, due to fact that railway prices are cheaper than most regional buses from Nice Airport.
And it's a pity that there is no airport station - it's only 300 m (covered?) walkway and 2 platforms required to build, no fancy overpasses and elevated stations.
Precisely; because of the proximity of the current railroad, this shouldn't be that big of a project.
The current railroad can still be used as a freight railway line.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 05:50 PM   #735
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Hey!

some months ago I read that the Coreil IC coaches on the line Clermont - Ferrand to Paris should get some modernisation with new interior.

How far is that progress going?
Are all trains on that route running with modernized coaches? Or has that modernisation not yet started?

Can you somebody please post pictures of that modernized trains (1st and 2nd class).

How much has been changed? Do they look completely different and new?

Thanks for your information, I am curious!

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Grenoble-Montmélian line.
Grenoble Universités-Gières station.


The TGV 809 rushes past the station on its way to Chambéry via Montmélian.
This line, as well as the Valence TGV-Moirans line, is being electrified, and as you can see, the electrification is already in tests.

As a curiosity, the TGV crosses a Grenoble tramway when it enters the station.

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Old November 28th, 2013, 12:17 PM   #737
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Starting on December 15th, Spain and France will have direct connections on high speed line.

Both trains, either by SNCF or RENFE will join Barcelona and Paris twice per day, Barcelona and Lyon, Barcelona and Toulouse, and finnally Madrid and Marseille daily.


For all of them it is possible to link from/to Barcelona coming from/going to Seville/Malaga, Madrid, Valence, Zaragoza and other destinations.

It is expected to increase the number of services in April, incluiding maybe a Madrid-Paris calling at Zaragoza, Lerida and Tarragona too as well as a Barcelona-Geneva.

On renfe.com and sncf.com you can find all timetables and prices.
Barcelona-Montpellier will have five daily links.
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Old November 29th, 2013, 04:08 PM   #738
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Grenoble-Montmélian line.
Grenoble Universités-Gières station.


The TGV 809 rushes past the station on its way to Chambéry via Montmélian.
This line, as well as the Valence TGV-Moirans line, is being electrified, and as you can see, the electrification is already in tests.

As a curiosity, the TGV crosses a Grenoble tramway when it enters the station.

Great!
So that means they should be in time to send TGV from the South to the northern Alps this winter? Or will it be later in service?
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The last thing I´ve read about it is that the Annecy-Marseilles TGV service would start on February or so. Anyway, more news will come as son as I know anything about it.
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Old December 5th, 2013, 08:49 PM   #740
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Fleet renewal funded



05 Dec 2013

FRANCE: Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier confirmed on December 4 that the government had agreed a funding package allowing SNCF to proceed with an order of 34 inter-city multiple-units.

Funding worth €510m, with an option for further investment worth €100m, has been provided for the procurement of 34 Coradia Liner electro-diesel trainsets from Alstom, plus associated depot investment works.

As part of the government’s investment programme for SNCF’s long-distance services known as Trains d’Equilibre du Territoire, the new fleet will replace ageing locomotive-hauled Corail coaches.

Each six-car trainset would be 100 m long, with capacity for 267 passengers. Operating at up to 160 km/h under 25 kV 50 Hz or 1·5 kV DC electrification or powered by six roof-mounted 350 kW MAN diesel engines, the Coradia Liner would be lighter than SNCF's existing locomotive-hauled trains, with improved acceleration and braking and 30% lower energy consumption, Alstom says.
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