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-E 27B4; ERA-R 70B2; 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-E 27C3, not shown; ERA-R 70A1 not shown; S+W 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, 335 & 391, fiches 2.6 Orléans - Nantes and 2.8 Tours - Le Mans] (ERA-E 27C3; ERA-R 70A1; S+W 60D3) FR21/302

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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SSuX TGV5350 Lyon Perrache - 09:45 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
D TGV5487 Strasbourg - 11:46 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
TGV5224 Lille Flandres - 13:10 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
IC4504 Lyon Perrache - 14:35 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
SuO TER16586 Tours - 19:22 St Pierre-des-Corps - Le Mans
IC4506 Lyon Perrache - 20:23 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
TGV5358 Montpellier Sud de France - 21:34 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
SSuX TGV5300 Nantes - 05:29/05:33 - Angers St Laud - Montpellier Sud de France
IC4402 Nantes - 07:34 Saumur - Lyon Perrache
TGV5306 Nantes - 12:33 Angers St Laud - Montpellier Sud de France
D IC4406 Nantes - 15:41 Saumur - Lyon Perrache
SSuO TER16552 Caen - 11:10 Château-du-Loir - Tours
D TGV5320 Nantes - 17:47 Saumur - Lyon Perrache

Note that most TGV services to and from Nantes run via Le Mans and do not use this route.

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

[ERT 315, fiche 4.1, Montluçon - Bourges] (ERA-E 27C5; ERA-R 74C5; S+W 75B1) FR21/303

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

From Vierzon: 08:56 SO, 10:20 SSuX, 10:22 SO, 19:23 FSSuX, 22:55 FSuO

From Montluçon Ville: 05:21, 06:32 SO, 09:57 SSuX, 10:40 SO

Bellébat turning circle (Musée des Transports de Pithiviers)

(ERA-E 27B5, not shown; ERA-R 70C2 not shown; S+W 49A2-49A3) 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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