RailPictures.Net Photo: CC 21003 SNCF CC 21000 at Vaux-et-Chantegrue, Doubs, France by Jean-Marc Frybourg
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Frasne - Vallorbe (more..)
Vaux-et-Chantegrue, Doubs, France (more..)
January 21, 1984
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TEE 23 Le Cisalpin (more..)
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Farewell to the Cisalpin

The Cisalpin was an express train that linked Paris-Gare de Lyon in Paris, France, with Lausanne in Switzerland and Milano Centrale in Milan, Italy. Introduced in 1961, it was operated by the SNCF, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB-CFF-FFS) and the Italian State Railways (FS). It was a first-class-only Trans Europ Express (TEE). Originally operated by electric multiple unit trainsets of type RAe TEE II, the train became electric locomotive-hauled with the start of the summer 1974 schedule.

In France, it was mostly hauled by the handsome CC 21000, a series of four dual-voltage units (1.5KV DC and 25KV 50Hz AC). The CC 21000 were the dual voltage version of the 6-axle 8000HP 1.5KV DC "CC 6500".

The picture shows the last Paris-Milan Cisalpin, not far from the Swiss border. On this day, railfans applied a farewell sign on the front of the engine. On January 22, TGVs took over the Paris-Lausanne services and passengers going to Milano had to take a connecting train in Lausanne.
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