Shunting old passenger cars for preservation associations at the entrance of a private car maintenance industry spur
They are not particularly beautiful. I would not get up early and travel many miles to catch them. But they were and still are for some months part of the landscape west of Paris. So, I took some ... (more)
The trains next doorI have travelled very far away from home to see exotic trains. And I neglected to give a look at trains about half a mile from home. As the Z 6400 commuter EMUs ... (more)
An old 43 years-old Z 6400 meets a new 5 months-old Z 50000 while arriving in Paris Saint Lazare.
The Z 50000 "NAT" have invaded the Paris Saint Lazare commuter lines. NAT stands for Nouvelles Automotrices Transilien, i.e. new EMUs of the greater Paris region (Ile-de-France region). ... (more)
The new boring, ubiquitous modern commuter trains are these Z 50000 "NAT": 360 units have been ordered to Bombardier for the Paris Saint Lazare (West), Paris Nord (North) and Paris Est (... (more)
2020 was thought to be the last year for the Z6400 commuter trains. The Covid-19 pandemic will perhaps make them see 2021? Still in early 2019, lots of them were still in service as seen on this p... (more)
This "Express" leaving Dijon behind a CC 7100, bound for the French Alps (Saint-Gervais and Bourg-St-Maurice), is composed of an incredible diversity of cars, old and new. Their origins (main type... (more)
A station platform scene of the 1970's with a dark blue ex-CIWL restaurant car: that was a time when almost all long-distance passenger trains had a true restaurant. But that proved too expensive ... (more)
They look the same, but they are not! The TGV 4406 (power cars 384011/012) is a triple voltage single level unit, built in February 2007. The TGV 4709 (power cars 310013/014) is a quad voltage dou... (more)
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, tri... (more)
One year before withdrawn from service, a Midi BB built in 1927 shunts a long passenger train in Toulouse.
The BB 1500 were built in 1926-28 by CEF in Tarbes. They were initially number... (more)