France (Centre - Val de Loire) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Obscure Services

Les Aubrais/Orléans Area

[ERT 296, 310 & 315, fiches 1.2 Orléans - Vierzon & 2.1 Tours - Orléans] (ERA 27B4; 48C4) FR300

The ‘classic’ main lines from Paris to Tours and Vierzon (- Bourges/Limoges) split at Les Aubrais, north of Orléans, bypassing the city centre to the north-west and east respectively. The original main line continues southwards from Les Aubrais to Orléans, which is a terminal station. There are direct curves from Orléans west to the Tours line and east to the Vierzon line. The majority of regional services use these curves whereas there is a much thinner service over the main lines from Les Aubrais avoiding Orléans station:

  • towards La Chapelle-St.Mesmin used by Intercités services between Paris Austerlitz and the Tours line
  • towards St.Cyr-en-Val-La-Source used by Intercités services between Paris Austerlitz and Vierzon or beyond.

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St.Pierre-des-Corps (Poste 4) – Bifurcation de Tours [ – Monts (Indre-et-Loire)]

[ERT 300, fiche 2.5 Tours - Poitiers] (ERA 27C3, not shown; 60D3) FR301

This east to south curve from St. Pierre-de-Corps to the Poitiers main line is used by TGVs and Intercités running between St-Pierre-des-Corps and Bordeaux. Local trains normally run direct between Monts and Tours, although any exceptions which run via St-Pierre-des-Corps (and hence use this curve) would be shown on fiche 2.5.

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St.Pierre-des-Corps (poste 4) – Bifurcation Grammont [ – Saumur or Chateau-du-Loir]

[ERT 271 & 289, fiches 2.6 Orléans - Nantes and 2.8 Tours - Le Mans] (ERA 27C3; 60D3) FR20/302

This connection between the Paris and Angers lines, bypassing Tours, is used by trains running directly between St.Pierre-des-Corps and Saumur or Château-du-Loir. Other trains for these lines run direct from or to Tours.

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SuO TER857239 Tours - 09:10 St Pierre-des-Corps - Le Mans
SuX TGVI 5350 Lyon Part Dieu - 09:45 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
SSuO IntercitiésEco 4071 Paris Austerlitz - 09:58 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
TGVI 5487 Strasbourg - 11:48 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
SSuO TGVI 5352 Lyon Part Dieu - 12:08 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
TGV5224 Lille Flandres - 13:07 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
SSuX TGVI 5352 Lyon Part Dieu - 14:15 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
Intercités 4504 Lyon Perrache - 14:35 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
SuO TER16586 Tours - 19:22 St Pierre-des-Corps - Le Mans
Intercités 4506 Lyon Perrache - 20:25 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
TGVI 5358 Lyon Part Dieu - 21:33 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
SSuX TGVI 5300 Nantes - 05:31/05:35 Angers St Laud - Lyon Part Dieu
Intercités 4402 Nantes - 07:38 Saumur Rive Droite - Lyon-Perrache
SSuO TER165521 Le Mans - 11:10 Château du Loir - Tours
TER16556 Le Mans - 15:05 Château du Loir - Tours
Intercités 4406 Nantes - 15:49 Saumur Rive Droite - Lyon-Perrache
SX TGVI 5320 Nantes - 17:49 Saumur Rive Droite - Lyon-Perrache
FSuO REMI857023 Le Mans - 19:23 Château du Loir - Tours
SSuO IntercitésEco 4070 Nantes - 20:19 Saumur Rive Droite - Paris Austerlitz

TGV5224 is a TGV Inoui service at weekends.

Bourges avoiding line: Marmagne – St.Florent-sur-Cher

[ERT 315, fiche 4.1, Montluçon - Bourges] (ERA 27C5; 75B1) FR20/303

This west to south curve is used by trains between Vierzon and Montluçon not scheduled to call at Bourges.

From Vierzon: 10:22 SuX, 19:23 SSuX, 22:57 FO

From Montluçon Ville: 05:28 SuX, 06:09 SO, 10:35 SuX

Bellébat turning circle (Musée des Transports de Pithiviers)

(ERA 27B5, not shown; 49A2-A3) FR304

See their website. Normally, trains arrive and depart by the long arc of the balloon loop at Bellébat. Exceptionally, the first train of the day arrives, and the last train of the day leaves, by the short arc here instead.

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