In a few days, the first generation TGVs called “Sud-Est TGV” (south-East TGV) will disappear from the south-east lines, meaning all lines on the south-east quarter of France, with Paris Gare de Lyon as main terminal in Paris. Some remaining Sud-Est TGVs will keep working north of Paris, mainly on Paris – Lille trains.
The picture shows 4 different types of TGV in the main maintenance building of the Paris South-East shops “Technicentre Sud-Est Européen”. From the left to the right:
- Reseau triple voltage TGV set #4504 built July 1994, equipped with pantographs for the Italian catenaries, specialized for Paris-Milano services
- Sud-Est dual voltage TGV #16 built Nov. 1980, sporting its 3rd livery “Carmillon” (born with the orange livery, later changed for the grey and blue livery). This unit will be preserved. On February 26 1981, the TGV #16 set the world speed record on rails at 380 km/h, the first in a series of several TGV world records.
- Réseau-Duplex triple voltage TGV #614, power cars built in Sept 1994. These Réseau-Duplex units will have their engines withdrawn soon, and their passenger cars will keep working although with newer engines.
- Euro Duplex 3UF dual voltage TGV #812 built May 2014. Also called TGV 2N2 they are the 3rd Duplex TGV generation (Duplex meaning bi-level). They have the most recent technology and are “inter-operable”, able to work under several European signalling systems.