Archive for the ‘France’ Category

France Nov 2015

Long weekend covering diesels on the Atlantic coast and then spinning around Lyon and the Rhone-Alps.

Flew out the morning after the tragic events in France which made the trip a touch pognant. Vive Le France.


Posted November 23, 2015 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, France

Belgium, Luembourg and France Apr 2014

A hasty trip to exercise the red pen for a few days…

Posted April 18, 2014 by redcow87015 in Belgium, Euro Nedding, France, Luxembourg

SNCF November 2013

Je suis went to France! A five day trip working (indirectly) back from Nice, taking in many new areas for me. Having flown to Nice, we then headed for Marseille, Lyon, Clermont, Paris, Nantes, La Rochelle, Nantes, Tours, Paris or something like that!

As usual for France it was a mixed scorecard with a number of unit positioning moves and TER leaps proving difficult to predict, offset by some cracking distance runs on long trains of Corail IC stock. Plenty of variety in classes and liveries although as it was rather cold and dark on some days (when others were t-shirt weather!) mean not particularly many technically spot-on photos, but you shouldn’t expect any different on here!

Derided by many, I’m really coming round to seeing France as an excellent bash, it just requires more preperation and patience than many others…

Posted November 24, 2013 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, France

SNCF May 2013

Another Bank Holiday so another short trip…

Starting off in rather unorthodox fashion (for us new kids on the block) with a unit to Dover and then MS Spirit of France pottered us over to Calais where we would stop for the night. This meant after an early unit we could cover the Bolougne – Paris IC services with 67400s working hard on load 8-10 Intercity trains and then into Paris courtesy of 22233. We spent the afternoon out of Paris Bercy where 7200s on load 10 shove sets were to be had.

Sunday we did a selection of out and back moves from Paris Nord and Est behind a few 15000s, & 22000s and a trip to Troyes with the impressive looking, if rather silenced, 72100 diesels. Finally got a TEE liveried 15000 after a few attempts on previous trips which was nice!

Span our red pens silly out of San Lazare and Montparnasse all day Monday, finishing off with more ‘casse-nez’ 7200s on the evening Montparnasse – Le Mans commuters. These were load 12 corail stock, wish my train to/from work could be something even in the same league! Eurostar’d it back on Tuesday but the weather was rubbish so only a few phots from the afternoon when it had stopped pouring.

Posted June 1, 2013 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, France

SNCF (Paris) Feb 2013

Weekend trip to Paris for some more locos. Nord and San Lazare re-visited and had a go at Montparnasse for the first time which was very productive Plan B after Sunday’s plan fell by the wayside…

Posted February 26, 2013 by redcow87015 in France

TGV-Post at St Pancras

TGV-Poste Set 951 at St Pancras in connection with a test of some description involving a postal run to/from Lyon, although dragged by a pair of Eurotunnel MaK diesels from, presumably, Calais.

As I was conveniently en-route to a meeting in Derby grabbed a few phots of it stabled in the morning.

Posted March 21, 2012 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, France, UK, UK Mainline

SNCF Bash February 2012

An overdue first trip of 2012 with a four day bash to France to sample some of the hauled trains operating around Paris.

Saturday:  Took the 0824 Eurostar from St Pancras, shortly after leaving the high-speed line we ground to a halt due to a fatality at Gare du Nord and crawled in to arrive an hour late. Said fatality had clearly caused complete chaos with most platforms closed and the concourse was just a complete mass of people. With all moves out the window we waited for the 1404 Boulogne which did manage to get away right time however on arrival the 1707 back to Paris was formed of a TER cart vice Intercity set so a complete bowl out there!

Sunday: Up early for the 0706 Boulogne-Paris which was taken throughout before the afternoon was spent bashing the 72000s out of Paris Est on the Mulhouse route which has recently been hacked back after a new TGV line open.

Monday: Into Paris from Troyes for a trip up to Longeau to net another 67000, then across to Austerlitz and a thrash to Orleans on 7216 and the evening was spent spinning 7200s/22000s out of Orleans. 7324 on the 1727 Paris-Orleans was a whopping train of 15 Intercity coaches, now thats how you move people around!

Tuesday: Gained a bonus class in 26016 on the way into Paris (vice 7200) then spent most of the day spinning out of San Lazare where the routes through Argenteuil have an impressive eight hauled trains per hour off-peak with both 17000 and 27000 locos available before taking a wedged Eurostar back to St Pancras.

Full gen for each phot can be found by clicking on the ‘permalink’ in the image, which also goes back to the far superior pre-slideshow WordPress format

Posted February 22, 2012 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, France