RailPictures.Net Photo: BB 67442 SNCF BB 67400 at Marans, France by Jean-Marc Frybourg
 
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Endangered

This picture shows an endangered train with an endangered engine series on an endangered line! Notwithstanding the much acceptable renewal of older rolling stock, the SNCF policy, the regionalization of the French passenger trains system together with lack of money might soon condemn the direct Nantes - Bordeaux line! The same thing might happen to the POLT line (Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse). Given the focus and concentration of investment on high speed TGV lines, the more classic long distance trains risk disappearing entirely from the French landscape despite growing public protests. We can only hope that politicians will fear the public opinion. In the longer term, the open competition in the passenger trains sector – now delayed and re-scheduled to 2019 – might bring some hope.
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