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France January Weekend

Somewhere a bit different. They were very well-behaved for SNCF too with just a couple of moments where they went into France mode!


This was a bonus caused by them being French! Eurostar had pulled their usual “its some weather we are scared” trick and cancelled my booked 0755 off Pancras so I was on the 1131 instead which is a minus onto the 1404 Paris-Bologne. However it was just being bored as i got to the blocks so ‘multiservices’ livery 22387 was duly jumped on for a run out to St Just.

Even by my standards a poor (phone) photo but a very welcome reward for covering it. 67515 on a rake of RIO suburban stock at Paris Est for the 1805 La Ferte Milton. This is a regular-ish vice as they often seem to be short of new carts which were booked to replace the previous two loco diagrams in January 2018.

Another bonus survivor is 17053 hanging on out of St Lazare working vice 27300, seen arriving at Argentuil on the 1152 Mantes le Jolie – St Lazare. We only had this as we happened to storm past it on a 15000 in the 90 seconds or so as the lines join up near Mantes and gambled on it ‘probably’ working this by diagram later on. Not often guesswork pays off here!

In proper colours, 15010 pauses at Liseaux on the 1443 Paris – Caen. This loco must have done some miles in its 45-year career being new to traffic in June 1973 nearly all of which will have been spent on high speed, high mileage passenger work.

The most acceptable side of SNCF. A one-for-one move on broken noses as 22342 on the 0834 St Quentin and 22327 on the 0804 Amiens await departure from Paris Nord with a first stop of Creil.

Now the last booked daytime 67400 work is the four loco plan between Amiens and Bolougne. 67606 pauses at Abbeyville on the 1331 (Sundays) off Paris Nord which it had re-engined from 22330.

Posted January 28, 2019 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, France

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