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Old August 6th, 2014, 11:38 AM   #921
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French rail regulator rejects rolling road plan

From Rail Journal, 6th August 2014.

In relation to this, I have two questions.

Firstly, what are the other intermodal operators in France operating trains that can carry P400 trailers which would be ‘hit’ by the launch of the Calais-Bayonne services of VIIA? There aren’t any.

And secondly, is the Bordeaux-Bayonne route really too busy with passenger traffic to shoe-horn in a few 120kph intermodal services every day? That doesn’t sound correct to me.
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Old August 8th, 2014, 01:51 AM   #922
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Another great photo that I just couldn´t resist to post.

A TGV running from Geneva to París, crossing the Cize-Bolozon viaduct, over the river Ain, on the Bourg-en-Bresse to Bellegarde line.
Just on the right of the image (but off the pic) is located Cize-Bolozon station.

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Old August 8th, 2014, 02:32 AM   #923
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Is there any open-access company planning to operate services in France in the future (like ItaloTreno)?
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Old August 8th, 2014, 08:52 AM   #924
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As far I know, no.

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Firstly, what are the other intermodal operators in France operating trains that can carry P400 trailers which would be ‘hit’ by the launch of the Calais-Bayonne services of VIIA? There aren’t any.
There aren't any, but the article says "risks unfair competition for railfreight operators on other routes", which might mean that a freight trains on the other end of France might be affected (which I doubt...).

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And secondly, is the Bordeaux-Bayonne route really too busy with passenger traffic to shoe-horn in a few 120kph intermodal services every day? That doesn’t sound correct to me.
No, it is empty, with just around 40 passengers trains a day. Maybe a few more crossing loops and shorter signal block sections may be needed, but that's all. And rail freight traffic to/from Spain is negligible, maybe around 10 trains a day, and internal traffic not much higher. So, there is plenty of space.

See here: http://www.ferrocarta.net/france/aquitaine_en.html
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Old August 8th, 2014, 09:53 AM   #925
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No, it is empty, with just around 40 passengers trains a day.
It might be a little bit more busy than that during the summer holidays
season, and also on the northern part of the line, which also supports the
local traffic between Bordeaux and Arcachon. But you're right, I spent some
time in the station Bayonne a few years ago and was not impressed at all by
the traffic levels. Incidentally, this is the line where happened the famous
speed record of 331 km/h by BB9004 and CC7107 in 1955.
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Old August 8th, 2014, 11:23 AM   #926
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Thanks for your posts.

So why do we think that ARAF has taken the decision it has? Does it have some kind of hidden agenda?
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Old August 19th, 2014, 06:28 PM   #927
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From Rail Journal:

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3D laser mapping for French rail network
Tuesday, August 19, 2014



FRENCH surveyors FIT ESIC are creating a 3D topographical map of track and lineside equipment for French National Railways (SNCF) using the StreetMapper LiDAR laser surveying system developed by 3D Laser Mapping, Britain.

The device, which is mounted on a rail vehicle, is being used to scan several hundred kilometres of rail infrastructure and the data gathered from millions of individual laser-scanned measurements is used to generate engineering-grade survey data and a 3D topographical map of the track, catenary, and trackside area

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Old August 28th, 2014, 03:15 AM   #928
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Old September 18th, 2014, 01:27 PM   #929
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Double-deck EMUs enter service in Aquitaine
Wednesday, September 17, 2014



THE FRENCH region of Aquitaine marked the entry into service of its new fleet of class Z 55500 Regio 2N double-deck EMUs on September 15, when regional president Mr Alain Rousset officially launched the fleet in a ceremony at Bordeaux Saint Jean station before joining the inaugural service to Arcachon

Six regions including Aquitaine, Brittany, Centre, Nord-Pas de Calais, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, and Rhône-Alpes placed an initial order with Bombardier for 129 Regio 2N sets in 2010. Aquitaine has ordered 24 trains, all of which are due to enter service by mid-2016.

The first trains are being used on services from Bordeaux to Arcachon and Agen, but as further sets are delivered they will also be deployed on the Bordeaux – Dax – Hendaye/Pau route. Each train accommodates 330 passengers, double the capacity of the AGC EMUs they have replaced on the Arcachon and Agen services

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Old September 20th, 2014, 02:32 PM   #931
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Really? I didn't think they looked that bad at all. What's wrong with them?
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Old September 20th, 2014, 03:07 PM   #932
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This part it looks for me horrible.
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Old September 21st, 2014, 03:44 AM   #933
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Agree, it's like 5 different pieces of rolling stock smashed in to one
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Old September 21st, 2014, 02:36 PM   #934
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This part it looks for me horrible.
Aha, I missed that bit... Okay, I can see what you mean.

The face looked nice, but shame about the body.
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Old September 21st, 2014, 04:01 PM   #935
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It's a train designed to get maximum efficiency on the double deck, because having the exits over the bogeys means a high entrance, and having them in the middle of the carriage means reduced capacity. In this way the double deck intermediate carriages have maximum capacity and the small door carriages have a low entrance (and I suppose luggage space)

It doesn't look pretty, but it is very effective in space use!
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Old September 21st, 2014, 04:30 PM   #936
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Those Bombardier trains are completely horrible......
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Old October 5th, 2014, 02:16 PM   #937
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Little remark from Railway Gazette:

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RFF has begun work to reopen the 25 km Oloron – Bedous route to passenger traffic, disused since freight services were withdrawn in 1985. Due to be completed by the spring of 2016, the €102m project is being funded by the region of Aquitaine
Plus picture from RFF:

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Old October 5th, 2014, 06:39 PM   #938
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I hope it is only a first step to Canfranc, if not, it will just be a waste of money.
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Old October 7th, 2014, 05:29 PM   #939
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Here's a long shot question.

Does anyone know for sure which of the marshalling yards in France still feature an operational hump?

I'm guessing that only the Lyon, Le Bourget (Paris) and Woippy yards do. I'd email RFF about this if I thought there was a chance they'd reply...
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