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Old May 10th, 2015, 12:57 AM   #981
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I spent a week in France for some train spotting. Yesterday evening I went to the Lyon Saint-Paul station, from where tram-trains depart in the direction of Sain-Bel. Just a few minutes after the last train left the station, I was unpleasantly surprised to find that the station's main entrace was closed. I could no longer leave the station through the station hall, but there were no other usable exists either.

I ended up using the intercom on the platform to get in touch with someone from the railways. The SNCF guy on the other end of the line was quite surprised to hear that someone got locked in on the platforms, but his advice was even more of a surprise for me: "You can walk through the Loyasse tunnel towards the next station, which is accessible 24 hours per day, I can't do much for you right now. No trains are coming in or out of Saint-Paul anymore for the rest of the day."

So thanks to SNCF Tunnel Tours I have a unique vacation experience. And I took a few pictures:


The railway tunnel towards Saint Paul


Obligatory selfie time!


After walking for nearly 1500 metres, the next station was reached: Lyon Gorge de Loup.


The transport map, showing the distance I walked.

Overall I found this quite a bizarre situation, but it was fun nevertheless!
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Old May 10th, 2015, 01:56 AM   #982
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Are you serious? The guy on the intercom told you to walk through 675m of dark railway tunnel?
Hmmm.... nice try... not sure if I will believe you :-)

Anyway, nice walk for sure!
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Old May 10th, 2015, 02:19 AM   #983
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The tunnel is even longer than that, in total it's nearly 1425 meters long. And believe it or not, the operator really advised me to walk through the tunnel!
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Old May 10th, 2015, 04:10 AM   #984
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That sounds really dangerous , what if there was an unscheduled train rolling through?
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The tunnel is even longer than that, in total it's nearly 1425 meters long. And believe it or not, the operator really advised me to walk through the tunnel!
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Old May 10th, 2015, 03:28 PM   #986
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Was it scary at any point?
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That sounds really dangerous , what if there was an unscheduled train rolling through?
SNCF ensured me no trains would be coming in or out of the station anymore. As Saint Paul is a terminal station from where only tram-trains depart, I did not expect freight trains to show up. Nevertheless, I did keep an eye out on if anything would come.




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Was it scary at any point?
Not really, I just had to be careful. The tunnel is not made for walking, lots of stuff (signs, equipment cabinets, signals, ...) is wall-mounted so I had to regularly step into the ballast to continue the walk.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 04:01 PM   #988
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Ales, did you talk to the operator in French or in English?
This could have made the difference! *g*
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This could have made the difference! *g*
In English
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Old May 10th, 2015, 07:52 PM   #991
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That's a very incredible story !!!

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Is the tunnel electrified & did anyone find it strange to see a person exiting the tunnel at the next station?
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Yes, although I am not 100% sure about the voltage on the line. I think it is 1500 V DC (as is common in southern France except high speed lines). It could also be 750 V DC as only tram-trains run there.
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Nope, because the next station was completely deserted.
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Old May 11th, 2015, 02:28 AM   #994
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Even if Gorge-de-Loup is the busiest station on "Tram-train de l'ouest lyonnais" network because of the connection with the metro, the traffic is quite light.
Even during the day, the station is quite empty. It is only during rush hours that you see passengers.
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Old June 22nd, 2015, 05:02 AM   #995
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Delivery of the first all new Alstom Regiolis train to the Franche-Comté region (they ordered 9 of them to Alstom), with engines build in the region...

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Old June 24th, 2015, 09:40 PM   #996
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Renewal of Gare Du Nord in Paris: 2,100 trains and 700,000 passengers a day.













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Finally!
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This looks more ambitious than I expected.
I don't understand how they will pedestrianize the area in front of the station, Boulevard Magenta is already very congested, where they will put the buses and taxi?
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What about a people mover between gare du nord and gare d'Est?
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