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Old March 8th, 2014, 11:07 PM   #821
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ECTS badly needed there.

Mechanical signaling should have been abolished altogether already.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 02:27 PM   #822
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What's wrong with KVB? It is a requirement on pretty much all French rolling stock en provides more or less the same functions as ETC L1.

As far as i know Germany also still has a lot of mechanical signals in use, but I agree with you that they are obsolete.
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Old March 11th, 2014, 02:36 PM   #823
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What's wrong with KVB?
Technically, nothing... But as it is not THE european standard, it cannot be imposed. So SNCF deployed it everywhere, but RFF cannot require the presence of the equipment for the foreign or private companies that want to operate on the french network. We have the same problem in Belgium with TBL1+.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 12:31 PM   #824
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That may be a misunderstanding. The rule, as far as I know, is that you cannot require a safety system that was implemented after the introduction of ETCS, hence the problem with TBL1+. KVB, just as any other pre-ETCS system (TVM, PZB/LZB and ATB to name a few), can (and are) a requirement.

There are also limitations for existing systems: You can't require implementation of a change to your pre-ETCS system implemented after the introduction of ETCS. The Netherlands, for instance, was not allowed to implement a previously unused ATB-code for 160 km/h running. Also Germany can't enforce a PZB software update.

The TBL1+ problem is the same as with ATB-VV in the Netherlands, which I think is the greatest shortcoming in the current regulations. Any easy to implement safety improving change short of a switch to ETCS can't be made mandatory. I, for one, would have allowed obligation of any system that greatly improves safety as long as it exclusively uses ETCS hardware.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 06:56 PM   #825
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Régiolis approved for passenger service
26 Mar 2014



FRANCE: Alstom reports that its Régiolis multiple-unit is now expected to enter passenger service with SNCF on April 22. What the manufacturer describes as ‘an important milestone' in the Régiolis commissioning programme was reached on March 21 when safety regulator EPSF issued its approval for the new train type to enter revenue service, having considered its safety case.

A total of 182 Régiolis multiple-units have been ordered by 12 French regions under a framework contract signed by Alstom and SNCF in 2009. From an initial batch of 100, the first trains are due to enter service next month in Alsace, Aquitaine, Lorraine and Picardie.

The approvals process has involved 10 pre-series trainsets covering 350 000 km over 1 400 days of testing, involving 20 different organisations including SNCF, RFF, Eurailtest and Certifer. On a site leased from RFF for 15 years, Alstom has built a test centre at Bar-le-Duc in eastern France at a cost of €17m, equipped with a test track for dynamic trials at up to 160 km/h.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 09:25 PM   #826
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EU funding for France-Italy line studies
1 APR, 2014

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TEN-T Programme funding from the EU is to finance early studies into a planned upgrade to a section of railway linking France and Italy.

The line, which connects Mandelieu in France and Ventimiglia in Italy, is popular with tourists travelling to and from the Principality of Monaco, with the section between Nice and Monaco being the busiest in the country outside of Paris.

The European Union will provide €2.3 million to conduct initial studies. These will include traffic analysis and feasibility, technical and environmental studies
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Old April 15th, 2014, 09:50 PM   #827
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New high-speed rail link from Paris: Breakfast in London, dinner in Barcelona

I pulled into the stark new concrete station of Figueres-Vilafant on the Costa Brava aboard a train from Paris, and did something that felt very novel. I remained in my seat. Then I gazed out at the darkness for four minutes until the train accelerated smoothly away to continue its high-speed journey south.

Until very recently, I would have disembarked and crossed the platform to a Spanish train to complete the journey. The new service ends 150 years of Spanish rail isolation (with the exception of a short experiment in the 1960s) which resulted from the fateful choice, in 1844, of a wider gauge track – six Castilian feet wide – than George Stephenson’s standard gauge, as adopted by the French. The Figueres link is the final element in a long process – Eurostar, French TGV, Spanish AVE, new tunnels, stations, sections of high-speed line – that have whittled the journey time down to the point where it is now possible to breakfast in London, lunch in Paris and dine in Barcelona.

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Old April 30th, 2014, 07:29 AM   #828
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€200m to be spent upgrading Bordeaux Saint-Jean station
29 APR, 2014


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RFF and SNCF have launched a joint €200 million scheme to renovate Bordeaux Saint-Jean station ready for the inauguration of the Tours-Bordeaux TGV in 2017.

The three-year programme is made up of 14 separate projects designed to improve reliability of rail services in the Aquitaine region and allow the station to accommodate the additional seven million passengers expected to use the it from 2017.

As well as extending the station itself and modernising the current interior, money will be spent renewing track and building new maintenance facilities for TGV and TER vehicles.

The 302-kilometre Tours-Bordeaux HSL will reduce journey times between the cities to just over two hours.

RFF has already awarded the Vinci-led LISEA consortium a 50-year concession to maintain and renew the €7.8 billion route. The agreement requires SNCF to pay LISEA a fee to use the line
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Old April 30th, 2014, 03:53 PM   #829
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First Régiolis enters service
30 APR, 2014


Photo by Alstom Transport / TOMA – V. Baillais.Photo: Alstom Transport / TOMA – V. Baillais

A ceremony has been held at Vaugirard station in Paris to celebrate the commissioning of the first of hundreds of new Régiolis trains ordered for the French regions.

Alstom, which has marketed the Régiolis as France’s next-generation regional train, has so far sold 182 units to 12 regions – all of which will be operated and maintained by SNCF.

Orders to date represent an investment of €1.4 billion.

Frédéric Cuvillier, the French Minister for Transport, Alain Rousset, president of the association of French regions (ARF) and President of the Aquitaine region, Jacques Auxiette, President of the Pays de la Loire region, Guillaume Pepy, president of SNCF and Henri Poupart-Lafarge, president of Alstom Transport, attended the event on April 29.

The Regiolis trains, which are based on Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent platform, come in both dual mode and electric models. The vehicles are being delivered in three, four and six-car formations, with the longest having a capacity of over 1,000 passengers.

In total, 216 Coradia Polyvalent trainsets have been purchased by SNCF and the French regions, with 182 Régiolis sets ordered for regional TER services and 34 Coradia Liner vehicles procured for the renewal of SNCF Intercity trains.

Delivery of the new trains will continue until 2017
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Old April 30th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #830
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What's with all the roof machinery being left uncovered?
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Old April 30th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #831
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What's with all the roof machinery being left uncovered?
I'm guessing that by leaving the equipment uncovered it's easier to use the air stream for ventilation and cooling as the train moves.
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Old May 1st, 2014, 12:40 AM   #832
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Régiolis (TER Picardie, line Paris - Laon)
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Old May 1st, 2014, 01:39 AM   #833
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Old May 1st, 2014, 07:56 PM   #834
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This is really encouraging. Given the tourist flow in the region.
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Paris and its suburbs from the RER train who goes from the city to Versailles:


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Old May 12th, 2014, 04:19 PM   #836
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Cuvillier accelerates Provence – Côte d’Azur new line project
12 May 2014

FRANCE's secretary of state for transport, Mr Frédéric Cuvillier, has asked for studies for priority sections of a new line linking Marseille, Toulon and Nice to be accelerated with a view to obtaining a declaration of public utility for the project by 2017.

Two priority sections for a line serving Provence and Côte d'Azur have been identified. The first involves the construction of an underground line in Marseille with platforms beneath St Charles station, plus a fourth track between Marseille and Aubagne to the east. This would relieve congestion in Marseille and double the capacity of the regional rail network.

The second scheme entails the construction of a line from a planned station at Nice Airport to join the Nice - Grasse line. The objective is to provide a TER loop serving the west of the Alpes-Maritimes area, allowing improved regional services particularly for the Sophia-Antipolis technology park between Antibes and Nice and to Monaco and Ventimiglia on the Italian border
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Old May 12th, 2014, 06:15 PM   #837
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Indeed a welcome move. The Côte d'Azur inspite of all the glitz and glamour and jet set has a railway infrastructure that is saturated.
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Indeed a welcome move. The Côte d'Azur inspite of all the glitz and glamour and jet set has a railway infrastructure that is saturated.
Looking at the timetable for that line it doesn't give the impression of being saturated. Most of the line only has two trains per hour.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 09:55 PM   #839
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Not to forget that lots of commuters right way from Cannes, Nice, Ventimillga and far us ethe train network to come to Monte Carlo for work.


Add to this the seasonal tourist rush and that leads to cramped up trains.
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Looking at the timetable for that line it doesn't give the impression of being saturated. Most of the line only has two trains per hour.
There are not just TER trains running on this line but TGV and other intercity services, Freight trains...
There are only two tracks on the west of Nice central station.
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