The TGV fleet is very diverse. This picture shows a sample of this diversity and sometimes complicated history. From the left to the right:
- Réseau Tri TGV 4505, power cars 380010/010, triple voltage, specialised for France-Italy services Paris-Lyon-Torino-Milano; This unit was built in, July 1994. It has the simplest history of the 3 trains.
- Dasye TGV 776, power cars 29851/852, for low-cost Ouigo services; This unit is made of the former power cars 29773/774 of the Dasye TGV 737 built in July 2010 and the passenger cars of the Duplex 239 built in Sept 2002, that were modified to carry a higher number of passengers (as per the low-cost concept, with the bar removed). The Dasye 737 does not exist anymore. The Duplex 239 has got the passenger cars of the Dasye 737. You think that this is complicated to follow? Have a look at the next one…
- Réseau-Duplex TGV 615, power cars 386029/030, supposedly triple voltage, but with the third voltage (3KV DC) locked (train used for domestic services only). This is the third life of the power cars! The history of this unit is: 1/ Built in Sept 1994 as triple voltage Reseau TGV 4509 with power cars 380017/018, single level passenger cars; 2/ Became a « temporary » Dual voltage Réseau TGV 554 with power cars re-numbered 28107/108; 3/ Modified in Dec 2007 as Réseau-Duplex TGV 615 with power cars re-numbered 386029/030 and new doubledeck passenger cars coming from the POS-TGV order (the single level passenger cars of the TGV 554 went to a POS TGV).