Now that the first generation SudEst TGVs are gone, the Atlantic TGVs are the oldest series still in service. The series was built between 1988 and 1991. Their life span is scheduled for a longer ... (more)
Third generation doubledeck TGVs of the "L'Oceane" sub-series: the unit #883 on the left was built in Nov. 2018 and the #886 on the right in Feb. 2019.
This ageing Atlantic TGV that has not been washed for a while displays the marks of many bird impacts. This unit was built 30 years ago in October 1990. It might be ... (more)
Trans Europ Express
The TEE number One "Aquitaine" has arrived in Bordeaux after a 125 mph non-stop race from Paris. It was one of the best trains in France for speed b... (more)
The end of the powerful diesel-hydraulic prototype BB 69001: light engine move after hauling the last train, passing under the "Nationale 74" highway.
Dual voltage BB 25693 (built Dec. 1975 withdrawn Dec. 2012) starts a Lausanne - Paris from the Vallorbe border station. Vallorbe is in Switzerland. The train will enter the Mont d'Or Tunnel shortl... (more)
A southbound multimodal between Paris and Dijon
A multi-purpose 25KV-50Hz BB-16500 is ready to haul an empty passenger train made of recently built "Corail" cars from the Pantin-Ourcq maintenance yard to the Paris East Station. Then ... (more)
A brand new Sud-Est TGVTGVs have never visited the Paris Saint Lazare station in commercial service. Out of the 6 major passenger train terminals in Paris (East, North, Saint Lazare... (more)
TGVs have batteries too!They are not hybrid vehicles (not yet?), still they need batteries. On the picture, a rack of used batteries is handled during routine replacement operations... (more)
Two agents replace an anti-yaw damper after it was in service for about 1.5 million kilometers (932000 miles). The new piece is already in place. The old one lies in the cart in the foreground.
The TEE 17 "Le Rhodanien" leaves Paris Gare de Lyon for Marseille. This was one of the last days for this train, as it was discontinued on Sept 28 1978. The luxurious stainless steel car... (more)
Even TGV engineers may need a mapWhen the track plan is a maze of itineraries and the train follows an unusual path, a map of the track, signals and other facilities can be quite us... (more)