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Old August 2nd, 2016, 04:07 AM   #1081
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http://france3-regions.francetvinfo....n-1057465.html

Services set to stop between Thiers and Montbrison on the St-Etienne/Clermont-Ferrand line (on the right side of the map). A 'seasonal' closure (supposedly due to buckled rails caused by heat waves, lol) which will probably become permanent knowing SNCF management methods on such secondary lines. Former remaining rail services will be replaced by buses, until ridership decreases to a point no service at all will be required.



This joke occures just one year after our government merged Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne. One of the 3 rail lines linking them is going to be properly dismantled. Clermont (263.000 inhabitants) and St-Etienne (373.000 inhabitants), respectively the fourth and third urban areas in the new region, will not be connected by rail anymore. 53 million € would be needed for a complete renovation, and a reopening isn't likely before 2019 if such rehabilitation program is approved.

And it's just one of the many lines threatened to close on short term, thanks to purposeful low maintenance and total unreliability.

"à nous de vous faire préférer le train" (=it's up to us to make you prefer the train")
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Old August 11th, 2016, 10:09 PM   #1082
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A TGV going to Paris meets the 241-P-17 steam train going to Lyon on the Dombes line, Sathonay-Village (Lyon's northern outskirt)

JL Poggi 100% steam on Rail Pictures

Perfect timing for a rare clash of technologies.
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Old August 13th, 2016, 05:16 AM   #1083
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Anyone can suggest where can I find a map of railway in France.
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Old August 13th, 2016, 11:38 AM   #1084
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Anyone can suggest where can I find a map of railway in France.
The official map for the public-owned network is here:
http://www.sncf-reseau.fr/fr/projets...u-reseau-ferre
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Old August 13th, 2016, 11:35 PM   #1085
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This one is less detailed but shows the different gauges and voltages. Thick lines are two tracks or more, thin lines are single track. "Marchandises" means freight only.


http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/...nce/france.gif
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Old August 14th, 2016, 01:58 AM   #1086
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But unfortunately that map hasn't been updated since 2011, like the rest of maps in that website, which is a sad loss for all railway fans.
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Old August 14th, 2016, 05:23 AM   #1087
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Thank you SSCreader and BlackArt-ist. It's very kind of you.
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Old August 14th, 2016, 08:31 PM   #1088
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A TGV going to Paris meets the 241-P-17 steam train going to Lyon on the Dombes line, Sathonay-Village (Lyon's northern outskirt)

JL Poggi 100% steam on Rail Pictures

Perfect timing for a rare clash of technologies.
Excellent shot.
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Old September 6th, 2016, 08:13 PM   #1089
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Evolution of Rennes railway station under construction :

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Old September 8th, 2016, 03:28 AM   #1090
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But unfortunately that map hasn't been updated since 2011, like the rest of maps in that website, which is a sad loss for all railway fans.
Does anybody know what happened with bueker.net ?
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Old September 9th, 2016, 01:14 AM   #1091
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Been in Strasbourg station today. Its age starts to show a wee bit here and there, but it's still magnificent. Almost a decade now.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 06:23 PM   #1092
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A question for those who travel long distance in France by train: what is the best phone network for this? From my experience Orange is awful for mobile internet. Even when passing trough towns the internet doesn't work. In 3 hours of travel I barely get 10-15 minutes of functioning internet, excluding the stops in stations.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 08:14 PM   #1093
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About mobile networks, here is a link to the latest official observatory from the French agency in charge of regulating telecommunications (regarding inter-city transportations, no surprise, Orange is currently the best one, followed by SFR):

Arcep.fr/Observatoire sur la couverture et la qualité des services mobiles, Juillet 2016
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Old October 21st, 2016, 11:55 PM   #1094
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A major overhaul of Paris Gare du Nord.
Completion for 2024



http://www.leparisien.fr/info-paris-...16-6228948.php
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 05:33 PM   #1095
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Gare du Nord
The current main hall will become the arrival hall for the mainline trains while a new departure hall will be build above the tracks behind it.

Terminal de départ
Departure hall


Terminal d'arrivée
Arrival hall


Terminal Transmanche)
The Eurostar terminal will be built on the west side the station.


Pôle Francilien
On the east side where is located the suburban terminal, a massive new building will be built.
This will be the heart of the station with shopping mall.
It will link the arrival, departure terminals and the urban and suburban transports.








This picture shows the acces to the departure terminal from the new eastern building Pôle Francilien.


It's not a small renovation, it's a massive overhaul of Gare du Nord.
All this must be done with minimal disruption to the operation of the station.
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 06:17 PM   #1096
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^ is this new, or just the detailing of the plans revealed earlier (a year or so ago, I think)?

Back then there were plans for a pedestrian connection to Gare de l'Est, is that still being done?
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 09:14 PM   #1097
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It's both cases.
This is a modified and detailed version of the plans that were revealed last year.

There are still plan for a pedestrian connection to Gare de l'Est.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 05:24 PM   #1098
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Gare du Nord is a station which used to have lots of glory and belle-epoque but noawadays is a gloomy place. Any overhaul is more than welcome.

Renders look quite alike current Roma Termini (regarding stores and such commercial aspect) which used to be a temple of doom in the late 90's as well.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 11:34 PM   #1099
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Why are new buildings made in a different style? Looks odd.
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Copying the old style would look more odd IMO. In Europe it's often considered bad taste to copy older historic styles.
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