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*services for which the routing has been confirmed subsequently.
 
*services for which the routing has been confirmed subsequently.
  
Therefore for some entries this list does not represent the service for any specific timetable period and it is not planned to update these entries with each timetable change. For some entries where the service is particularly sparse or difficult to deduce, individual trains are listed and the compilers will endeavour to update these entries with each timetable change. Entries marked FR19/ are based on the timetable commencing 9 December 2018, unless otherwise stated.  Standard abbreviations are explained in [[General Information]].
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Therefore for some entries this list does not represent the service for any specific timetable period and it is not planned to update these entries with each timetable change. For some entries where the service is particularly sparse or difficult to deduce, individual trains are listed and the compilers will endeavour to update these entries with each timetable change. Entries marked FR20/ are based on the timetable commencing 15 December 2019, unless otherwise stated.  Standard abbreviations are explained in [[General Information]].
 
 
==Dates of Running==
 
SNCF has some of the most complex patterns in Europe of dates on which some trains run, such that they can be very cumbersome to express in words. The entries thus show just the basic pattern, such as weekdays only or weekends only. The letter 'D' denotes a train whose dates of operation are seasonal or variable. Users should use the SNCF journey planner to determine on which dates a train runs.
 
 
 
The timetable ''fiches'' do not normally cover the whole year. A new series usually comes into force in July, but not all régions seem to adhere to the same July date. These summer/autumn fiches are not normally available until June.
 
Check also when reading the timetable ''fiches'' for dated entries, ''fiches'' being reissued after they have come into force (and hence not necessarily available at the time of compiling this page) and gaps in the period covered (which can give rise to a 'hidden' suspension of service). '''Owing to this complex situation users should not rely on this page being up to date at all times and should check on the SNCF journey planner.
 
'''
 
Check for alterations in consequence of strikes, engineering works and of service reductions at holiday periods at [https://www.sncf.com/fr/itineraire-reservation/info-trafic/gl SNCF Grandes lignes], [https://www.sncf.com/fr/itineraire-reservation/info-trafic/idf  Île de France] or the [https://www.sncf.com/fr/offres-voyageurs/carte-et-tarifs-ter TER] regional websites.
 
 
 
==Engineering Diversions==
 
The headings for routes which have a habit of re-appearing reasonably regularly for engineering diversions are retained but this is no guarantee that such diversions will be scheduled during any given timetable year. Where examples of usage are given to assist in identifying relevant trains, users should compare these with the timetable for the period in which they are interested - where the details are the same then it may be expected that the routing will be the same. ''Reports to bring entries up to date will be welcomed. If any reader can provide details from the train service databases the compilers will be very pleased to hear from them.''
 
 
 
==LGVs==
 
Details are not generally given below of spurs linking to ''Lignes à Grande Vitesse'' (LGVs) (except in the cases of a few little-used or particularly obscure spurs). An overall schematic of LGVs is available [http://florent.brisou.pagesperso-orange.fr/LGV.gif at http://florent.brisou.pagesperso-orange.fr/LGV.gif] while a more detailed plan identifying the lines used by ''Trains à Grande Vitesse'' (TGV) trains ''beyond'' the LGV system is [https://www.sncf-reseau.fr/sites/default/files/upload/_Carte/2015-juin/A3_traficTGV_v1-2.pdf here]. More detailed schematic plans of all ''LGVs'' can be found via [https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%C3%A9gorie:Sch%C3%A9ma_de_ligne_ferroviaire_en_France this list]; these plans should be consulted to identify all the various spurs on and off ''LGVs'' and it should be assumed that TGVs make maximum use of LGVs on their line of route.
 
 
 
Where reference is made to TGV services, this should be taken to include ''Eurostar'', ''Thalys'', ''Ouigo'' and ''Izy'' trains as appropriate, where the context so permits and unless otherwise indicated (but remember that ''Ouigo'' and ''Izy'' trains may not show up on Voyages-SNCF or HAFAS-related on-line journey planners - only on their dedicated websites).
 
 
 
==Table Numbers/Fiches==
 
No overall French public timetable in tabular form is now issued, so table numbers cannot be quoted. Lines are listed by local government ''Région'' so, for local services,  the number of  the ''TER fiche'' is quoted. These can be downloaded through the [https://www.sncf.com/fr/offres-voyageurs/carte-et-tarifs-ter TER regional websites]: select the relevant ''Région'' and follow ''Horaires & Trafic'' > ''Fiches Horaires'' or ''Votre Fiche Horaires'' or ''Fiches Horaires à télécharger'' or ''Horaires / Travauz / Grèves''.
 
  
 
==Regions==
 
==Regions==
From 1982-2016 the Départements in metropolitan France were grouped into some 16 ''Régions'', which were merged and renamed into 13 metropolitan ''Régions'' in 2016.  SNCF continued to use the 1982 names for a while after 2016, but now use the new names.
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From 1982 the Départements in metropolitan France were grouped into 16 Régions, which were merged and renamed into 13 metropolitan Régions in 2016.  SNCF continued to use the 1982 names for a while after 2016, but now use the new names.
 
 
There are no entries for the following Région: Corse.
 
 
 
==Maps==
 
Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA" refer to the European Railway Atlas France & Benelux Regional Series 2017, by M.G.Ball (ISBN 978-1-9997875-1-6). An additional map reference in italics for some entries refers to the Schweers+Wall ''Atlas Ferroviaire de la France Band 1 Nord'', dated 2015.
 
 
 
SNCF's most recent on-line [https://www.oui.sncf/ext/editorial/guide-voyageur/carte-destinations.pdf passenger destinations map] is misleading: see the [[France_-_General_Information#Maps|General Information Maps]] page for mapping information.
 
 
 
=Obscure services=
 
==Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes==
 
 
 
===Raccordement de St.Germain-des-Fossés: Vichy - Roanne===
 
[fiche 06] (ERA 32A1) FR19/100
 
 
 
This east <=> south curve is used by through trains between Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand via Vichy when '''''not''''' scheduled to call at St.Germain-des-Fossés. ''It is now the north <=> east main line, from St.Germain-des-Fossés station towards Roanne, that has the less frequent service - see fiche 06.''
 
 
 
===St.Germain-des-Fossés - Roanne===
 
[fiche 06] (ERA 32A1) FR19/101
 
 
 
This east <=> north curve is used by trains between Lyon and St-German-des-Fossés.  This used to be the main line to Roanne, but after the east to south curve was built the service on the this curve has reduced considerably.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
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|Intercités 4402
 
| Nantes - 11:32 St-Germain-des-Fossés - Lyon Perrache
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
|Intercités 4406
 
| Nantes - 19:40 St-Germain-des-Fossés - Lyon Perrache
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
|Intercités 4504
 
| Lyon Perrache - 7:11 Roanne - Nantes
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
|Intercités 4506
 
| Lyon Perrache - 16:39 Roanne - Nantes
 
|}
 
 
 
===Rhône West Bank (Rive Droite) line: Givors Canal – Nîmes (Poste 1) and branches===
 
''[the southern portion of this line is in Languedoc-Roussillon Région (Occitanie)]''
 
 
 
[fiche 05] (ERA 32B2-33A2) FR800
 
 
 
This line runs parallel with the Lyon to Montpellier main line between Givors and Nîmes, though mostly on the opposite bank of the River Rhône, principally as a freight and diversionary route. There are intermediate links between the two routes at St.Rambert d'Albon, Livron and Avignon Centre, and few passenger trains run the full length of the West Bank line. The line is used fairly regularly by passenger trains diverted for engineering work. Certain diverted trains can be identified when they are advertised to call at St.Péray or Le Teil (such calls may appear in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes fiche 05). These stations are on the West Bank line, and are retained so that passengers may board or alight from diverted trains near Valence and Montélimar, respectively.
 
 
 
For such diversions, readers should check for themselves by means of the [http://www.ter.sncf.com/rhone-alpes/depliant/recherche TER Rhône-Alpes website], fiche 05 and its associated engineering work notices.
 
 
 
The following sections of route are used from time to time.
 
*'''(a) Givors Canal – St.Rambert d'Albon'''
 
Look for extended running times and omitted Vienne stops but no St.Péray stops.
 
 
 
*'''(b) Givors Canal – Livron (via St.Péray)'''
 
Look for omitted Vienne and Tain l'Hermitage stops but still calling at Valence
 
 
 
*'''(c) Givors Canal – Loriol (Livron south junction) (via St.Péray)'''
 
Look for St.Péray stops but '''''not''''' calling at Vienne or Valence
 
 
 
*'''(d) Givors Canal – Avignon Centre'''
 
Look for St.Péray and Le Teil stops but omitted Vienne stops and still calling at Avignon Centre
 
 
 
*'''(e) Givors Canal – Nîmes (Poste 1) (via Remoulins)'''
 
Look for St.Péray and Le Teil stops and omitted Vienne stops but running direct to Nîmes without calling at Avignon Centre
 
 
 
*'''(f) Salaise (St.Rambert d'Albon north junction) – Livron (via St.Péray)'''
 
Look for St.Péray stops and still calling at Valence
 
 
 
*'''(g) Salaise (St.Rambert d'Albon north junction) – Loriol (Livron south junction) (via St.Péray)'''
 
Look for St.Péray stops but still calling at Vienne
 
 
 
*'''(h) Salaise (St.Rambert d'Albon north junction) – Avignon Centre (via Le Teil)'''
 
Look for St.Péray and Le Teil stops but still calling at Avignon Centre
 
 
 
*'''(i) Salaise (St.Rambert d'Albon north junction) – Nîmes (Poste 1) (via Remoulins)'''
 
Look for St.Péray and Le Teil stops but running direct to Nîmes without calling at Avignon Centre
 
 
 
*'''(j) Livron – Avignon Centre (via Le Teil)'''
 
Look for Le Teil stops
 
 
 
*'''(k) Livron – Nîmes (Poste 1) (via Remoulins)'''
 
Look for Le Teil stops but running direct to Nîmes without calling at Avignon Centre
 
 
 
*'''(l) Avignon Centre – Nîmes (Poste 1) (via Remoulins)'''
 
Look for trains which normally call at Tarascon but where those stops are omitted - see [https://www.ter.sncf.com/paca/depliant/recherche Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur] fiche 11 bis
 
 
 
===Ambérieu avoiding line: Ambronay-Priay – Torcieu===
 
(ERA 32B3) FR801
 
 
 
Used by TGVs between Bourg-en-Bresse and Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard '''''not''''' scheduled to call at Ambérieu.
 
 
 
===Culoz avoiding line: Seyssel-Corbonod – Vions-Chanaz (Bifurcation de Chambéry===
 
[fiche 51] (ERA 32B3) FR802
 
 
 
Used by trains between Bellegarde and Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard '''''not''''' scheduled to call at Culoz (most of them).
 
The few trains between Bellegarde and Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard scheduled to call at Culoz reverse in platform C and use a connection from that platform towards Bellegarde. Culoz platforms A and B (the normal platforms for Bellegarde trains) are some distance away from platforms C/D/E. The connection from platform C towards Bellegarde is therefore some distance away from the line through platforms A and B towards Bellegarde. Some people may consider these as being two separate routes.
 
 
 
===Raccordement Valence TGV - Sillon Alpin Sud: east - south connection at Valence TGV===
 
(ERA 32C2) FR19/803
 
 
 
This east <=> south curve between the Grenoble - Valence line and ''LGV Méditerranée'' - via Valence TGV platform 5 - was used by TGVs running between Grenoble and points south on the ''LGV Méditerranée''. One train each way between Marseille St. Charles and  Annecy ran at weekends in July and August 2016.
 
 
 
This train is reported to have run for the last time on 4 November 2018, leaving this curve with no service.
 
 
 
<i>It is the opposite angle from the grade-separated Raccordement de Saint-Marcel-lès-Valence which allows through running between Valence and points north via LGV Sud Est.</i>
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File: Raccordement du Sillon Alpin.jpg|50px|thumb|none]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
=== Montmélian avoiding line - Raccordement de Montmélian===
 
(ERA 32B3) FR19/804
 
 
 
This curve was used in summer 2018 by a train between Grenoble and Modane, not calling at Montmélian. There is no such train in the timetable as at December 2018.
 
 
 
==Bourgogne-Franche-Comté==
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Saincaize (Nevers avoiding line): La Guerche-sur-l'Aubois – Saincaize===
 
(ERA 31C1; ''69B2'') FR19/200
 
  
There are no regular services over this west <==> south curve <!--- since December 2009---> but it is used for diversions when the line north of Nevers is blocked. The following train has been routed this way on some dates since February 2019, taking about 20 minutes longer and presumably routed via Les Aubrais. Look for days when the train calls at Saincaize instead of Nevers.  
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Regions are listed geographically, north to south, and there is a separate page giving details of obscure services in each.
  
{| class="ostable"  
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{| width="60%" |  
| D
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| [[France_(Hauts_de_France)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Hauts de France]] includes Lille and Amiens
|  
 
|Intercités 5990
 
| Clermont-Ferrand - 20:32 Moulins-sur-Allier - Paris Bercy
 
|}
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Laroche-Migennes: Poste 5 (station south side) - Poste 4 (main line)===
 
[fiche DIJON-LAROCHE-AUXERRE (TER directs et omnibus)]  (ERA 31B1, not shown; ''50D4'') FR19/201
 
 
 
Used by through trains between Auxerre-St.Gervais and Dijon Ville, between Laroche-Migennes (station south side, voie K, where the trains reverse) and St.Florentin-Vergigny. The east end connection with the former PLM main line at Poste 4 is a grade-separated junction, with separate ''pair'' (up) and ''impair'' (down) ''raccordements''.
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Raccordement de Laroche Migennes.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Perrigny (Dijon): Bifurcation Raccordement Belfort - Perrigny Bifurcation km 318 Chagny lines===
 
(ERA 31C2 not shown; ''66C4'') FR202
 
 
 
A 2013 high level link south of Dijon between the Dole and Beaune lines, forming part of the non-''LGV'' link between ''LGVs Rhin-Rhône'' and ''Sud-Est''. It avoids conflicts with the ground level routes through the yards and is used by through TGVs between Strasbourg and Lyon or beyond '''except''' those booked to avoid the Dijon area altogether and call at Lons-le-Saunier (''TGV6836/7'' and ''6874/5''). Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Dijon.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Meursault (Bifurcation km 363,0) – Santenay-les-Bains (Chagny ex-Poste 4) via Chagny ex-Poste 3bis and Raccordement Nevers===
 
[fiche DIJON-AUTUN-ETANG-NEVERS] (ERA 31C2; ''78A2-B2'') FR203
 
 
 
Used by trains between Dijon and the Montchanin branch when '''''not''''' scheduled to call at Chagny. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Chagny_1.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Meursault (Bifurcation km 363,0) – Chagny (west side platforms) via Chagny ex-Poste 3bis===
 
(ERA 31C2; ''78A2-B2'') FR18/204
 
 
 
This route was used by trains between Dijon and the Montchanin branch when scheduled to call at Chagny, where they reversed in the west side platforms 4 or 5 (track A, B or C). As at December 2017 there do not appear to be any trains booked to take this route.
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Chagny_2.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Rully (Chagny (Poste 1)) – Chagny (west side platforms)===
 
[fiche MONTCHANIN-CHALON] (ERA 31C2, not shown; ''78B2'', not shown) FR205
 
 
 
Used by through trains between Chalon sur Saône and the Montchanin branch, which call at Chagny in the west side platforms 4 or 5 (track A, B or C). Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Chagny_3.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Besançon-Franche-Comté TGV east curve===
 
(ERA 31C3; ''67D4'') FR19/401
 
 
 
This curve was used by direct TGVs between Mulhouse and Besançon Viotte. There are no such services in the current timetable. This may be a temporary situation owing the the number of services being reduced whilst major engineering work is taking place at Lyon Part Dieu.
 
 
 
Note that trains between Besançon-Franche-Comté TGV station and Besançon Viotte use the west curve.
 
 
 
<!---{| class="ostable"
 
| D
 
|
 
| ''TGV6837''
 
| Strasbourg Ville - 12:32 Belfort-Montbéliard TGV - Marseille St. Charles
 
 
|-
 
|-
| D
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| [[France_(Normandie)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Normandie]] includes Caen and Rouen
|
 
| ''TGV6875''
 
| Marseille St. Charles - 17:01 Besançon-Viotte - Strasbourg Ville
 
|}--->
 
 
 
==Bretagne==
 
 
 
===Redon avoiding line: Severac – Avessac===
 
[fiche FH04 Rennes Redon Nantes] (ERA 27B1; ''43A4'') FR250
 
 
 
Used by those trains between Nantes and Rennes scheduled to call at '''''neither''''' Redon '''''nor''''' Angers St. Laud.
 
 
 
==Centre-Val de Loire==
 
 
 
===Les Aubrais/Orléans Area===
 
(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 [fiche 2.1], used by <i>Intercités</i> services between Paris Austerlitz and the Tours line
 
* towards St.Cyr-en-Val-La-Source [fiches 1.3, 1.4], used by <i>Intercités</i> services between Paris Austerlitz and Vierzon or beyond.
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
 
 
[[File:Orleans.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===St.Pierre-des-Corps (Poste 4) – Bifurcation de Tours [ – Monts (Indre-et-Loire)]===
 
[fiche 2.5] (ERA 27C3, not shown; ''60D3'') FR301
 
 
 
This east <=> 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.
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Tours4.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===St.Pierre-des-Corps (poste 4) – Bifurcation Grammont [ – Saumur or Chateau-du-Loir]===
 
[fiches 2.6 and 2.8] (ERA 27C3; ''60D3'') FR18/302
 
 
 
This east <=> west connection bypassing Tours is used by trains running directly between St.Pierre-des-Corps and the Saumur and Château-du-Loir [- Le Mans] lines. Other trains for these lines run direct from or to Tours. Some trains run from or to Tours via St.Pierre-des-Corps, reversing there, but the fiche can be misleading for these trains, with Tours and St.Pierre-des-Corps appearing out of sequence chronologically. '''Travellers are therefore advised to check the timings carefully to establish the exact route of the train.'''
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|
 
| SSuX
 
| TER60152
 
| 06:03 Saumur Rive Droite - St Pierre-des-Corps
 
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| [[France_(Île-de-France)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Île-de-France]] includes Paris
|
 
| IC4402
 
| Nantes - 07:48 Saumur Rive Droite - Lyon-Perrache
 
 
|-
 
|-
| D
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| [[France_(Grand_Est)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Grand Est]] includes Metz, Strasbourg and Mulhouse
|  
 
| IC13020
 
| Caen - 11:13 Château du Loir - Tours
 
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| [[France_(Pays_de_Loire)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Pays de Loire]] includes Le Mans and Nantes
| SSuX
 
| TER57210
 
| Caen - 13:23 Château du Loir - Tours
 
 
|-
 
|-
| D
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| [[France_(Centre_-_Val_de_Loire)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Centre - Val de Loire]] includes Orléans and Tours
|  
 
| IC13022
 
| Caen - 15:05 Château du Loir - Tours
 
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| [[France_(Bourgogne_Franche_Comté)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Bourgogne Franche Comté]] includes Besançon and Dijon
|
 
| IC4406
 
| Nantes - 15:57 Saumur Rive Droite - Lyon-Perrache
 
 
|-
 
|-
| D
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| [[France_(Nouvelle_Aquitaine)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Nouvelle Aquitaine]] includes Poitiers and Bordeaux
| FSSuX
 
| TGV5314
 
| Nantes - 16:57 Saumur Rive Droite - Lyon-Perrache
 
 
|-
 
|-
| D
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| [[France_(Auvergne_Rhône_Alpes)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Auvergne Rhône Alpes]] includes Lyon, Chambéry and Valence
| SuX
 
| IC13030
 
| Tours - 09:17 St Pierre-des-Corps - Caen
 
 
|-
 
|-
|  
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| [[France_(Occitanie)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Occitanie]] includes Toulouse and Perpignan
| SuO
 
| TER57238
 
| Tours - 09:18 St Pierre-des-Corps - Caen
 
 
|-
 
|-
| D1
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| [[France_(Provence_Alpes_Côte_d'Azur)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services|Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur]] includes Avignon and Marseille
|
 
| IC4504
 
| Lyon-Perrache - 12:03 St Pierre-des-Corps - Nantes
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
D1: Not 7 to 21 Sept, 24 to 28 Sept 2018
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The following regions currently have no Obscure Services: Bretagne and Corse (Corsica)
  
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map
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==Dates of Running==
[[File:Tours5.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
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SNCF has one of the most complex patterns in Europe of dates on which some trains run, such that they can be very cumbersome to express in words. The entries thus show just the basic pattern, such as weekdays only or weekends only. The letter 'D' denotes a train whose dates of operation are seasonal or variable. Users should use the SNCF journey planner to determine on which dates a train runs.
  
===Bourges avoiding line: Marmagne – St.Florent-sur-Cher===
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The timetable ''fiches'' do not normally cover the whole year. A new series usually comes into force in July, but not all régions seem to adhere to the same July date. These summer/autumn fiches are not normally available until June.
[fiche 4.1] (ERA 27C5; ''75B1'') FR303
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Check also when reading the timetable ''fiches'' for dated entries, ''fiches'' being reissued after they have come into force (and hence not necessarily available at the time of compiling details of obscure services) and gaps in the period covered (which can give rise to a 'hidden' suspension of service). '''Owing to this complex situation users should not rely on details herein being up to date at all times and should check on the SNCF journey planner.
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'''
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Check for alterations in consequence of strikes, engineering works and of service reductions at holiday periods at [https://www.sncf.com/fr/itineraire-reservation/info-trafic/gl SNCF Grandes lignes], [https://www.sncf.com/fr/itineraire-reservation/info-trafic/idf  Île de France] or the [https://www.sncf.com/fr/offres-voyageurs/carte-et-tarifs-ter TER] regional websites.
  
This west <=> south curve is used by trains between Vierzon and St.Florent-sur-Cher '''''not''''' scheduled to call at Bourges.
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==LGVs==
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Details are not generally given of spurs linking to ''Lignes à Grande Vitesse'' (LGVs) (except in the cases of a few little-used or particularly obscure spurs). Detailed schematic plans of all LGVs can be found via [https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%C3%A9gorie:Sch%C3%A9ma_de_ligne_ferroviaire_en_France this list]; these plans should be consulted to identify all the various spurs on and off LGVs. ''TGV''s normally make maximum use of LGVs on their line of route, but overnight services may use classic lines for part of the journey, in order to allow for infrastructure maintenance.  A ''TGV'' calling at two stations reasonably close together on a classic line may not use a parallel ''LGV''.
  
===Bellébat turning circle (''Musée des Transports de Pithiviers'')===
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Where reference is made to ''TGV'' services, this should be taken to include ''Eurostar'', ''Thalys'', ''Ouigo'' and ''Izy'' trains as appropriate, where the context so permits and unless otherwise indicated (but remember that ''Ouigo'' and ''Izy'' trains may not show up on Voyages-SNCF or HAFAS-related on-line journey planners - only on their dedicated websites).  In lists of trains herein, ''TGV Inoui'' services are shown as ''TGVI'' and ''TGV Ouigo'' as ''TGVO''.
(ERA 27B5, not shown; ''49A2-A3'') FR304
 
  
See [http://www.amtp-cfpithiviers.com/ 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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==Table Numbers/Fiches==
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No overall French public timetable in tabular form is now issued, so table numbers cannot be quoted. Lines are listed by local government ''Région'' so, for local services,  the number of  the ''TER fiche'' is quoted. These can be downloaded through the [https://www.sncf.com/fr/offres-voyageurs/carte-et-tarifs-ter TER regional websites]: select the relevant ''Région'' and follow ''Horaires & Trafic'' then ''Fiches Horaires'' or ''Votre Fiche Horaires'' or ''Fiches Horaires à télécharger'' or ''Horaires / Travauz / Grèves''.
  
==Grand Est==
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Where a service is shown in the [https://www.europeanrailtimetable.eu/ European Rail Timetable] this is indicated by 'ERT' and the table number.
  
===Raccordement Trois Puits: Champagne-Ardenne TGV – Trois Puits [ – Reims]===
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==Maps==
[fiche C01 Sedan - Charleville-Mézières - Reims - Paris; C09 Reims - Champagne-Ardenne TGV - Épernay] (ERA 31A1; ''17A4-B4'') FR350
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Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA" refer to the European Railway Atlas France & Benelux Regional Series 2017, by M.G.Ball (ISBN 978-1-9997875-1-6). An additional map reference in italics for some entries refers to the Schweers+Wall ''Atlas Ferroviaire de la France Band 1 Nord'', dated 2015.
 
 
This link with ''LGV Est'' is unusual in that through Paris <=> Reims TGVs (not calling at Champagne-Ardenne TGV) use it, as also do non-TGV shuttle trains (navettes) making connections at Champagne-Ardenne TGV - using bay platforms there.
 
 
 
===<div id="CH_AL"></div>Raccordement direct de Chalindrey (Culmont-Chalindrey avoiding line): Andilly (Culmont-Chalindrey Bifurcation Raccordement Est) – Le Pailly (Culmont-Chalindrey Bifurcation Raccordement Sud)===
 
(ERA 31B3; ''67B1'') FR19/351
 
 
 
This route was used by servics between Nancy and Dijon '''''not''''' scheduled to call at Culmont-Chalindrey. There are no such trains in the current timetable.
 
 
 
===Vouziers - Challerange===
 
(ERA 30C2 - 31A2; ''18B3'') FR18/352
 
 
 
Used until 2017 by [http://cftsa.fr CFT du Sud des Ardennes] trains as an extension of their normal operations only during their ''Fête du Rail'' weekend - usually in mid-August. The line is owned by <i>SNCF Réseau</i> and, in view of the condition of the track, permission to operate has not been given for 2018. The line is <i>expected</i> to transfer to other (presumably local authority) ownership, when CFTSA hope to resume operations over the Attigny - Vouziers - Challerange section.
 
 
 
===Racc de Mohon: Poix-Terron (Bif Km 139.6) - Lumes (Bif Km 140.6)===
 
(ERA 16B2; ''18B1'') FR18/353
 
 
 
This south to east curve enables trains to run between Reims and Sedan without reversing at Charleville-Mézières.  It is not normally used by passenger trains, but some services are diverted this way between 15 April and 17 May 2019, mostly Mondays to Fridays until late afternoon.  These omit the normal stop at Charleville-Mézières. 
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TER38303
 
| Reims - 08:38 Poix-Terron - Sedan
 
|-
 
| D
 
| MTThFO
 
| TER40801
 
| Reims - 09:35 Poix-Terron - Sedan
 
|-
 
| D1
 
| SSuX
 
| TGV2711
 
| Paris Est - 09:49 Reims - Sedan
 
|-
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TER38347
 
| Reims - 11:02 Poix-Terron - Sedan
 
|-
 
| D
 
| SuX
 
| TER38307
 
| Reims - 12:32 Poix-Terron - Sedan
 
|-
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TER38309
 
| Reims - 14:14 Poix-Terron - Sedan
 
|-
 
| D
 
| FSSuX
 
| TER38435
 
| Reims - 14:47 Poix-Terron - Sedan
 
|-
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TER40803
 
| Reims - 15:37 Poix-Terron - Sedan
 
|-
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TER38320
 
| Sedan - 11:33 Nouvion-sur-Meuse - Reims
 
|-
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TER38312
 
| Sedan - 12:32 Lumes Halte - Reims
 
|-
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TER38332
 
| 12:52 Sedan - Reims
 
|-
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TGV2730
 
| 13:05 Sedan - Paris Est
 
|-
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TER38342
 
| 13:18 Sedan - Reims
 
|-
 
| D
 
| FSSuX
 
| TER40806
 
| Sedan - 15:37 Nouvion-sur-Meuse - Champagne-Ardenne
 
|}
 
 
 
D1: 15 April to 24 May 2019
 
 
 
===Mulhouse===
 
(ERA 31B4; ''69B1'') FR19/1
 
 
 
Three possible routes exist for <I>TGVs</I> between Strasbourg and Belfort-Montbéliard <I>TGV</I> (or beyond) to traverse the Mulhouse area.
 
 
 
*<b>(a) by means of the original main line via Mulhouse-Dornach, with reversal in Mulhouse Ville</b>
 
Trains with a stop of 9 minutes or more at Mulhouse and taking 46 minutes or less to/from Strasbourg are highly likely to take this route.
 
 
 
*<b>(b) via the Contournement de Mulhouse and Raccordement de Wanne: Lutterbach (Haut-Rhin) (Bifurcation de Lutterbach) – Mulhouse (via Mulhouse Nord)</b>
 
 
 
This route enables these trains to avoid reversal at Mulhouse. Trains from Mulhouse have been noted using a route around the north side of some parts of Mulhouse yards and trains to Mulhouse have been noted using a route around the south side of some parts of Mulhouse yards. More than 10 tracks separate the two routes.
 
 
 
It may be assumed that trains spending only 3-5 minutes at Mulhouse Ville run this way as they do not have time for a reversal. <b>The compilers would welcome confirmation (or contradiction) that the following trains take this route.</b> Trains marked "(*)" were noted in 2019 as taking this route.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|
 
|
 
| TGV6827
 
| Nancy - 13:47 Strasbourg - Nice
 
|-
 
|
 
 
| TGV Inoui9580
 
| Frankfurt (Main) Hbf - 16:12 Strasbourg - Marseille St-Charles (*)
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
| TGV6831
 
| Metz Ville - 18:33 Colmar - Lyon Part Dieu
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
| TGV9896
 
| Montpellier Saint Roch - 11:23 Mulhouse Ville - Luxembourg (*)
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
| TGV Inoui9582
 
| Marseille St-Charles - 12:55 Mulhouse Ville - Frankfurt (Main) Hbf
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
| TGV9898
 
| Marseille St Charles - 15:01 Mulhouse Ville - Luxembourg (*)
 
|-
 
|
 
 
| TGV6866
 
| Marseille St-Charles - 21:03 Mulhouse Ville - Strasbourg
 
|}
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Mulhouse_1.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
*<b>(c) via Mulhouse-Dornach – Brunstatt</b>
 
 
 
This direct curve, to the west of Mulhouse, between the Colmar line near Mulhouse-Dornach and the Belfort line near Brunstatt, enables trains to avoid Mulhouse altogether.  The train listed does not call at Mulhouse so is assumed to use this curve as trains have in previous years.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|
 
|
 
| TGV6882/3
 
| Montpellier Saint-Roch - 17:54 Belfort Montbéliard TGV - Metz Ville
 
|}
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Mulhouse_3.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===(Flüh [Switzerland] –) frontier – Leymen – frontier (– Rodersdorf [Switzerland])===
 
(ERA 31C5 not shown; ''69C2'') FR19/2
 
 
 
BLT operate through France - see [https://www.fahrplanfelder.ch/en/welcome/ Swiss table] > 505 - over this route which is not linked to the French national network.
 
 
 
===(Vendenheim  –) Mundolsheim – Strasbourg via ligne 1 bis on the west side of Hausbergen Yard===
 
(ERA 31A5, not shown; ''39B1-B2'') FR19/3
 
 
 
Track 1 bis runs on the west side of the main lines, veering away at Mundolsheim station to run "behind" Hausbergen yard and coming back alongside the main lines at the south end of the yard, near the PRS / Poste 1. This line '''may''' be used by trains booked more than the usual 15/16/17 mins between Mommenheim and Strasbourg. At January 2018 it was reported as being used (and booked) by the following train:
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|
 
|SSuX
 
|''86383''
 
| Saarbrücken Hbf - 15:30 Mommenheim - Strasbourg
 
|}
 
 
 
 
 
In the opposite direction, track 2 bis runs on the east side of the yard, virtually parallel to the main lines. It seems most unlikely it would be used as there is no operational reason for this and it creates further conflictions at Vendenheim.
 
 
 
<b>The compilers would welcome reports of actual use by the cited train - or any others, in either direction.</b>
 
 
 
===Novéant – Onville===
 
[fiches L28 and L30] (ERA 72A4; ''36A1'') FR550
 
 
 
This section of the former Paris - Metz main line has a service of trains direct between Metz and Onville, some continuing to Bar le Duc (fiche L28) and others to Conflans-Jarny and either Verdun or Longwy (fiche L30).
 
 
 
===<div id="BOUZ"></div>Bouzonville – Niedaltdorf (Germany)===
 
(ERA 72A5-B5; ''20B3-C2'') FR18/551
 
 
 
This line has no regular service but a special shuttle service has operated from Dillingen in conjunction with the Good Friday market at Bouzonville - see Germany route [[Germany_(Saarland)_-_Lines_with_Obscure_or_Sparse_passenger_services#NIEDBOUZ|Niedaltdorf – Bouzonville (France)]]. However, freight traffic ceased in 2013 on this line, of which the German section is reportedly to be sold or closed completely.  The 2019 service, which is similar to that in previous years, runs on 19 April every two hours from 09:10 to 17:10 from Dillingen (Saar) and 10:15 to 16:15, then 17:45 from Bouzonville.
 
 
 
===Sarrebourg avoiding line: Sarraltroff – Réding===
 
[fiche L19 Strasbourg - Metz section] (ERA 72B4; 55B3) FR552
 
 
 
This is used by 'classic' trains between Metz and Strasbourg '''''not''''' calling at Sarrebourg. Non-stop TGVs run via the ''LGV Est''; see FR553.
 
 
 
For the other two sides of the triangle:
 
* [Berthelming -] Sarraltroff - Sarrebourg: see  fiche L19 Strasbourg - Metz section
 
* Sarrebourg - Réding: see fiche L19 Strasbourg - Nancy section
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Lucy: Rémilly (Bif. km 124,255) - Lesse (Bif. km 306)===
 
(ERA 72A4; ''36C2'') FR553
 
 
 
This north west <=> south east connection, south east of Rémilly, is used by TGVs between Luxembourg, Metz and Strasbourg transferring between the Alsace-Lorraine 'classic' line and the section of ''LGV Est'' east of here.
 
 
 
<i>Raccordement de Lucy is the opposite angle from the curve which allows through running between Paris and the Alsace-Lorraine 'classic' line east of here, which formed the eastern exit from ''LGV Est'' until 2016 but which is now used only if ''LGV Est'' east of here is blocked.</i>
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map. Pending redrawing of the map, note that the eastern and western junctions on LGV Est are both grade-separated (flyovers).
 
[[File:LGVEst2.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Woippy – Maizières-lès-Metz (via Woippy-Triage (west side))===
 
[fiche L01B Metz - Hagondange - Thionville - Luxembourg] (ERA 72A4, not shown; ''20A3'') FR554
 
 
 
Some local passenger trains are scheduled to use this route (voies 1B/2B) for pathing purposes; the actual routing is therefore particularly susceptible to the timekeeping not only of the train itself but of those around it. Likely trains can usually be distinguished in the timetable by being allowed longer between Metz Ville and Hagondange.  Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Metz_1.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Raccordement d'Uckange: Uckange (Bif. d'Uckange) – Hayange (Bif. de Florange)===
 
[CFL website plus fiche L01B Metz - Hagondange - Thionville - Luxembourg] (ERA 63C2, ''20A3'') FR554A
 
 
 
This line avoiding Thionville enables trains to run direct between Metz and Longuyon.
 
 
 
The line between Luxembourg and Bettembourg was completely closed from 10 to 18 February 2018 and two pairs of Monday to Friday rush hour trains between Luxembourg and Metz were diverted via Rodange, Longuyon and Uckange, non-stop to/from Uckange. These diversions are likely to be repeated during a long blockade in July-August 2018.
 
 
 
<!---  THE FOLLOWING DETAILS HAVE BEEN LEFT COMMENTED OUT SO THAT THEY CAN BE RESURRECTED FOR JULY/AUGUST
 
{| class="ostable"
 
| D1
 
|
 
| 86772
 
| Metz - 05:47 Uckange - Luxembourg 07:13
 
|-
 
| D1
 
|
 
| 86710
 
| Metz - 06:51 Uckange - Luxembourg 08:13
 
|-
 
| D1
 
|
 
| 86532
 
| 16:29 Luxembourg - Metz 18:27
 
|-
 
| D1
 
|
 
| 86534
 
| 17:29 Luxembourg - Metz 19:29
 
|}
 
 
 
D1: 12 - 16 February 2018
 
--->
 
 
 
===Contournement de Metz: Metz Ville – Woippy===
 
[fiche L01B Metz - Hagondange - Thionville - Luxembourg] (ERA 72A4; ''20A4'') FR555
 
  
The original Metz - Thionville line provides an alternative route to the west of the current main line of 1908. Trains using this line arrive and depart at the south end of Metz Ville station, instead of the north. Non-stop trains booked 17 or more minutes between Metz and Hagondange, or 22 or more minutes between Metz and Thionville, might be expected to run this route as it is 4.5km longer than the main line.  The following train was observed in April 2018 taking this route:
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SNCF's most recent on-line [https://www.oui.sncf/ext/editorial/guide-voyageur/carte-destinations.pdf passenger destinations map] is diagrammatic and does not show lines used only by local trains: see the [[France_-_General_Information#Maps|General Information Maps]] page for mapping information.
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|
 
|SSuX
 
|''837682''
 
| 14:09 Metz Ville - Thionville,
 
|}
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Metz_2.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===(Esch sur Alzette [Luxembourg] – ) frontier – Audun-le-Tiche===
 
(ERA 72A5; ''19C2'') FR556
 
 
 
[http://www.cfl.lu/espaces/voyageurs/fr CFL] > ''Télécharger les horaires'' > ''Trains nationaux'' > ''Afficher'' > ''60c'' operate into France over a route not linked to French national network.
 
 
 
===(Dudelange-Usines [Luxembourg] – ) frontier – Volmerange-les-Mines===
 
(ERA 72A5; ''19D2'') FR557
 
 
 
[http://www.cfl.lu/espaces/voyageurs/fr CFL] > ''Télécharger les horaires'' > ''Trains nationaux'' > ''Afficher'' > ''60A'' operate into France over a route not linked to French national network.
 
 
 
===<span id="MD"></span>(Lasauvage Carreau [Luxembourg] – ) frontier – Saulnes===
 
(ERA 72A5, not shown; ''19C2'') FR558
 
 
 
[http://minieresbunn.lu/index.php/fr Minièresbunn Doihl asbl (MBD)] operates a 700mm gauge preserved mining line into France.
 
 
 
==Hauts-de-France==
 
<u>'''Note on Dates:'''</u> A number of curves in this region have been used by <I> TER Mer</I> summer "dated" weekend services to the coast. As the timetable information for these services is not published until the start of the summer, it is not known at the time of the December timetable change. If shown, these entries will therefore carry the <b>previous</b> year ("FRyy") and contain the previous summer's information, until updated with the information for the current summer. From summer 2017 the programme was marketed as "éTER en Hauts-de-France" <!---[https://www.ter.sncf.com/nord-pas-de-calais/loisirs/bons-plans/eter "éTER en Hauts-de-France"], with the timings of Saturday trains [http://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/nord_pas_de_calais/FH%20samedi_tcm64-18178_tcm64-131848.pdf here] and Sunday trains [http://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/nord_pas_de_calais/FH%20dimanche_tcm64-18178_tcm64-131849.pdf here]--->.
 
 
 
===Calais Fréthun (Bifurcation de Riviere Neuve) – Pont de Coulogne (Bifurcation de Coulogne)===
 
[fiche 12] (ERA 67B4; ''1B1'') FR18/651
 
 
 
This curve avoiding Calais Ville is used in summer 2018 by "dated" weekend Lille Flandres/Arras <==> Boulogne/Rang-du-Fliers-Verton trains shown non-stop between Hazebrouck and Wimille-Wimereux. <!---See [http://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/nord_pas_de_calais/TER%20MER-BD_tcm64-18176_tcm64-53229.pdf SNCF TER]. ---> Note that this route is '''''not''''' used by TGVs to/from Boulogne, which reverse at Calais Fréthun using a connection off the LGV line. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Calais.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|E1
 
|SSuO
 
|''846909''
 
|Lille Flandres - 08:01 Hazebrouck - Rang-du-Fliers-Verton
 
|-
 
|E1
 
|SSuO
 
|''846919''
 
|09:25 Lille Flandres - Boulogne Ville
 
|-
 
|E1
 
|SSuO
 
|''846962''
 
|Boulogne Ville - 17:10 Wimille-Wimereux - Arras
 
|-
 
|E1
 
|SSuO
 
|''846935''
 
|Rang du Fliers - 17:48 Wimille-Wimereux - Lille Flandres
 
|}
 
 
 
E1: Runs  7, 8, 21, 22 July and 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2018.
 
 
 
===Lambersart (Bifurcation de St.André) [A] ''or ''Lompret (Bifurcation de 4 Maisons) [B] – Santes (Bifurcation de la Tortue) [C] ''or ''Haubourdin (Bifurcation de Haubourdin) [D] (via Sequedin)===
 
(ERA 64A3; ''3B1-A1'') FR18/652
 
 
 
This freight line to the west of Lille, the middle section of which passes Lille Dèlivrance Triage and Sequedin, has triangular junctions at each end (hence the title given above). Route [B] <=> [D] 1s used by a summer "dated" weekend Dunkerque train. See [https://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/hauts_de_france/FH%20samedis%202018_tcm77-191301_tcm77-198636.pdf L’ÉTER] (Saturdays) and [https://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/hauts_de_france/FH%20dimanche%202018_tcm77-191301_tcm77-198635.pdf L’ÉTER] (Sundays).
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Lille_Delivrance.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|D1
 
|SSuO
 
|''846926''
 
|Hirson - 08:41 St Amand les Eaux - Dunkerque [assumed for 2018]
 
|
 
|-
 
|D1
 
|SSuO
 
|''846926''
 
|19:30 Dunkerque - Hirson [route taken on 4 August 2018]
 
|}
 
 
 
D1: Runs 7, 8, 21, 22 July and 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2018
 
 
 
Note that train 846924 Jeumont - Dunkerque does '''''not''''' take this route.
 
 
 
===<div id="NPC_LMT1"></div>Lesquin (Bifurcation de Lesquin) – Bifurcation du Mont de Terre – Raccordement de Ronchin – Lille Porte de Douai (Bifurcation de la Justice)===
 
(ERA 64A3; ''3B1'') FR18/653
 
 
 
This freight line on the south side of Lille avoids the main station area. It is common with the [[#NPC_LMT2|Bif. de Lesquin – Lille Poste 2 connection]] between Bif. de Lesquin and Bif. du Mont de Terre.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|E1
 
|SSuO
 
|''846926/27''
 
|Hirson - 08:41 St Amand les Eaux - Dunkerque [assumed for 2018]
 
|
 
|-
 
|E1
 
|SSuO
 
|''846926''
 
|19:30 Dunkerque - Hirson [route taken on 4 August 2018]
 
|}
 
 
 
E1: Runs 7, 8, 21, 22 July and 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2018.
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Lille_2.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Lille Flandres Avoiding Line: La Madeleine (Jonctions du Lion d'Or) – Ronchin (Bifurcation des Sourds et Mouets)===
 
(ERA 64A3; ''3B1'') FR17/654
 
 
 
No use in 2018. This freight line links the lines which diverge at the throat of Lille Flandres station.  It was used by a summer 2017 "dated" weekend Dunkerque train, which ran on normal passenger lines via Béthune in 2016 and in 2018 on 4 August 2018 ran via FR17/652 and 653. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
 
 
[[File:Lille_4.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Lille Flandres Avoiding Line: La Madeleine (Jonctions du Lion d'Or) – Lille-Flandres Point Z – Lille-Europe AS===
 
(ERA 64A3, not shown; ''3B1'') FR18/655
 
 
 
This freight line links the Lille-Flandres - Tourcoing line with the ''LGV Nord'' via the Raccordement de Becquerel, which descends alongside the ''Remisage de Lille Fives'' TGV Depot. It is common with the previous entry between Jonctions du Lion d'Or and Lille-Flandres Point Z. It is used by ''Ouigo'' TGVs between Tourcoing and Marseille, Nantes and Rennes: visit the [http://www.ouigo.com/train-pour-tourcoing ''Ouigo''] website for details of services to/from Tourcoing. Part of the route is also used by TGV services from Lille Flandres to Paris and other destinations via L'Aeroport Charles de Gaulle.
 
 
 
<!---
 
THESE SERVICES ARE NOW OUT OF DATE
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|
 
| SuX
 
| TGV7633
 
| 08:29 Tourcoing - Nantes
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
| TGV7613
 
| 11:29 Tourcoing - Rennes
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
| TGV7603
 
| 19:47 Tourcoing - Lyon Part Dieu
 
|-
 
|
 
|
 
| TGV7600
 
| Lyon Perrache - 09:52 Aéroport Paris Charles de Gaulle TGV - Tourcoing
 
|-
 
 
|
 
| TGV7630
 
| Nantes - 17:16 Aéroport Paris Charles de Gaulle TGV - Tourcoing
 
|-
 
 
| SX
 
| TGV7610
 
| Rennes - 21:16 Aéroport Paris Charles de Gaulle TGV - Tourcoing
 
|}
 
--->
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Lille_5.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===<div id="NPC_LMT2"></div>Lille Flandres (Bifurcation des Sourds et Mouets) – Bifurcation du Mont de Terre – Lesquin (Bifurcation de Lesquin)===
 
(ERA 64A3; 3B1) FR17/656
 
 
 
No use in 2018 as on 4 August 2018 the previous years TER MER train ex Dunkerque ran via FR17/652 and 653. This freight line on the south side of Lille links the Bethune line tracks from Lille Flandres station and the Lille Avoiding Line with the Valenciennes line.  It is common with the [[#NPC_LMT1|Bif. de Lesquin – Bif. de la Justice connection]] between Bif. du Mont de Terre and Bif. de Lesquin.
 
 
 
===Raccordement d'Avion: Pont de Sallaumines (Bifurcation de Sallaumines Ouest) – Avion (Bifurcation d'Avion)===
 
(ERA 64B2; ''7A1'') FR657
 
 
 
This east <=> south curve avoiding Lens is used for diversions when the Arras - Douai line is blocked and trains are shown with extended journey time.
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Sallaumines: Sallaumines (Bifurcation d'Epinette) – Coron de Méricourt (Bifurcation du Sallaumines)===
 
(ERA 64B3; ''7A1'') FR658
 
 
 
This north <=> east curve avoiding Lens is used for diversions when the Lille - Douai line is blocked and trains are shown with extended journey time.
 
 
 
===<div id="NPC_ARN"></div>Arras Raccordement Nord: Arras (Bifurcation 199,6km) – Lille (Bifurcation 161,94km)===
 
(ERA 64C3; ''7A1'') FR659
 
 
 
This west <=> north spur, linking Arras station with the ''LGV Nord-Europe'' to the north, is used by trains running non-stop between Arras and Lille (whether -Flandres or -Europe stations) in less than 25 minutes; trains taking 33 minutes or more use the 'classic' line via Douai.
 
 
 
In addition to long distance <I>TGVs</I>, the spur is used also by:
 
 
 
• two <I>TERGV</I> commuter trains [fiche Ligne 01 Amiens Arras Lille] each way between Arras and Lille-Europe
 
 
 
• the ''Izy Thalys'' non-stop services between Bruxelles Midi and Paris Nord: visit the [https://www.izy.com/en/homepage ''Izy''] website for details of services, which use the ''LGV'' between Brussels and Arras but the 'classic' main line south thereof. See also the [[#PR_AAL|Amiens avoiding line]]
 
 
 
===Lourches (Poste 2) – Somain (Poste 3)===
 
[fiche 17] (ERA 26B2; ''7C1'') FR19/660
 
 
 
This double track line provides an alternative route to the single track direct line between Douai and Cambrai. It is used by one peak hour service.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|
 
|SSuX
 
|''843408''
 
| Lille Flandres - 18:10 Somain - Cambrai
 
|}
 
 
 
It has been used in the past by summer dated weekend ''TER Mer'' Busigny <==> Cambrai <==> Calais Ville trains. However, according to Cambrai Ville station staff, the 2018 services were booked to run non-stop via the direct route. Prospective travellers in future years are therefore advised to make local enquiries.
 
 
 
This route was used by additional services for the ''Lille Braderie'' market on 1/2 September 2018.
 
 
 
===Aulnoye-Aymeries avoiding line: Berlaimont (Bifurcation de Berlaimont) – Leval (Bifurcation de Leval Est)===
 
[fiche 17] (ERA 68A1; ''8B2'') FR18/661
 
 
 
This line, which passes to the south of Aulnoye-Aymeries station, is used by two Monday to Friday Hirson <==> Lille round trips '''''not''''' scheduled to call at Aulnoye-Aymeries.
 
 
 
It was also used by ''summer dated'' services in summer 2018:
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
| E1
 
| SSuO
 
| 846926
 
| Hirson - 08:00 Avesnes - Dunkerque 
 
|-
 
| E1
 
| SSuO
 
| 846952
 
| Dunkerque - 21:01 Valenciennes - Hirson 
 
|}
 
 
 
E1: Runs 7, 8, 21, 22 July and 4, 5, 18, 19 August 2018
 
 
 
===<div id="PR_AAL"></div>Amiens avoiding line: Boves (Bifurcation de Longueau Sud) – Lamotte Brebière (Bifurcation de Camon)===
 
(ERA 26C5; ''6B4-C4'') FR700
 
 
 
This curve is used by:
 
 
 
• the ''Izy Thalys'' non-stop services between Bruxelles Midi and Paris Nord: visit the [https://www.izy.com/en/homepage ''Izy''] website for details of services, which use the ''LGV'' between Brussels and Arras but the 'classic' main line south thereof. See also the [[#NPC_ARN|Arras Raccordement Nord]]
 
 
 
• the [London Victoria <==>] Calais Ville <==> Venezia SL ''VSOE'' train as between Calais and Paris Est: visit the [http://www.belmond.com/venice-simplon-orient-express/ ''VSOE''] website for dates and times.
 
 
 
===Barreau de Jussy (Mennessis avoiding line): Jussy (Bifurcation de Flavy-le-Martel) – Montescourt (Bifurcation Jussy)===
 
[fiche Ligne 25 Amiens - Tergnier Laon / St-Quentin] (ERA 30C1;  ''16B1'') FR701
 
 
 
This curve connects the Chaulnes - Tergnier and St.Quentin - Tergnier lines north of Mennessis. Trains between Amiens and St.Quentin '''''not''''' scheduled to call at Tergnier use this line.
 
 
 
===Ormoy-Villers – Bifurcation Ageux – (a) Longueil-Ste.Marie ''or'' (b) Le-Meux-Croix-St.Ouen (Bifurcation Rivecourt)===
 
[fiches Ligne 20 Laon Crépy-en-Valois Paris and Ligne 24 St-Quentin Tergnier Compiègne Paris] (ERA 27A5; ''15D4-D3'') FR702
 
 
 
This electrified line connects the Paris Nord - Laon and Creil - St.Quentin lines, with a triangular junction at the north end. It is used only when the following diversions are advertised:
 
*(a) between Paris and Laon (with reversal at Ormoy-Villers) where extended journey times and bus substitution south of Ormoy-Villers apply [fiche Ligne 20]
 
*(b) between Paris and Compiègne or beyond when shown ''non-stop'' with a journey time of circa 51+ minutes ''(instead of the normal 40 minutes)'' [fiche Ligne 24].
 
 
 
==Île-de-France (including Paris)==
 
 
 
The ''LGV Interconnexion'' runs through the country to the east of Paris and links ''LGVs Nord, Est, Sud-Est'' and (by a connection via the southern part of the ''Grande Ceinture'') ''Atlantique''; it is used by all TGVs between these routes. The <i>Petite Ceinture</i> which ran around central Paris is mostly closed, while the <i>Grande Ceinture</i>, which runs round the outer suburbs, is partly closed, partly freight-only and partly used for suburban services; it only carries regular passenger services transferring from one main line to another as shown below.
 
 
 
===St.Denis – Pantin (Villette Poste 2) (via La Chapelle Poste 6)===
 
(ERA 24B3; ''31B:A2'') FR450
 
 
 
This is a combination of the links between the Paris Nord and Paris Est main lines via Evangile signalbox. It is used only by the '''weekday''' Calais Ville <==> Venezia SL (or elsewhere) ''VSOE'' trains as between Calais and Paris Est: visit the [http://www.belmond.com/venice-simplon-orient-express/ ''VSOE''] website for dates and times.
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Eastern_Paris_1.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Garges-Sarcelles (Bifurcation Pierrefitte Sud) – Noisy le Sec===
 
(ERA 24A3-B4; ''31B:A1-A2'') FR451
 
 
 
This is a section of the ''Grande Ceinture'' circular freight route round Paris, linking the Paris Nord and Paris Est main lines. It is used only by the ''VSOE'' train between Paris Est and Calais Ville '''on Sunday mornings''', instead of route FR450. Visit the [http://www.belmond.com/venice-simplon-orient-express/ ''VSOE''] website for dates and times. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Eastern_Paris_2.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Lieusaint: Le Creusot-TGV (Bifurcation de Crisenoy) – Combs-la-Ville-Quincy===
 
(ERA 24C4; ''31C4-D4'') FR452
 
 
 
This is the former northern end of the ''LGV Sud-Est'', now little used (a few trains are routed this way for engineering works or pathing purposes) as most TGVs to and from Paris Gare-de-Lyon run via Triangle de Coubert (Bifurcation Sud – Bifurcation Ouest), joining the main line from Gare-de-Lyon at Bifurcation de Creteil, north of Villeneuve Triage.
 
 
 
===Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy ''or'' Le Creusot-TGV (Bifurcation de Valenton) – Les Saules===
 
(ERA 24B4; ''31B:B4'') FR453
 
 
 
This connection between ''LGV-Interconnexion'' and the ''Grande Ceinture'' is used by all TGVs between ''LGVs Sud-Est, Est'' or ''Nord'' and ''LGV Atlantique''. Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Les Saules.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Massy TGV – Chemin d'Antony (Bifurcation km 23,4)===
 
(ERA 24C3; ''31A:D4'') FR454
 
 
 
This connection between ''LGV Atlantique'' and the ''Grande Ceinture'' is used by all TGVs between ''LGVs Sud Est, Est'' or ''Nord'' and ''LGV Atlantique''.
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Massy-Palaiseau.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Paris-Bercy-Bourgogne-Pays d'Auvergne===
 
(ERA 24B3; ''31B:A2'') FR455
 
 
 
This station is an annexe to Paris Gare-de-Lyon, being located behind carriage sidings outside the station. Relatively little use used to be made of the facility but there are now various regular services [e.g. Bourgogne fiche DIJON-LAROCHE-SENS-PARIS (TER directs)]. Trains also use the goods lines (M1 and M2) to access the station.
 
 
 
===Paris Gare de Lyon Banlieue – Villeneuve St.Georges===
 
(ERA 24B3-B4; ''31B:A2-B4'') FR456
 
 
 
Between the throat of Gare de Lyon and Villeneuve St.Georges there are three sets of tracks - not always following exactly the same alignment - in passenger use: ''1.'' fast lines (1 and 2); ''2.'' suburban or slow lines (1bis and 2bis), and ''3.'' erstwhile goods lines (1M and 2M). The M tracks - which have platforms at most stations - have been observed being used by passenger stock but no definitive information of regular loaded workings is available - '''reports welcomed'''.
 
 
 
===Villeneuve St.Georges – Vigneux sur Seine===
 
(ERA 24C4; ''31B:B4'') FR457
 
 
 
Between Villeneuve St.Georges and Vigneux sur Seine there are three pairs of tracks: ''1.'' 1B and 2B; ''2.'' 1C and 2C, and ''3.'' 1M and 2M. The B tracks are used by RER line D trains, the M tracks by through trains between ''LGVs'' north or east of Paris and the Orléans main line via Valenton [the last were Brive-la-Gaillarde <=> Lille TGVs withdrawn June 2016]<!---TO DELETE THIS BRACKETED REFERENCE AT DEC 2017, I SUGGEST--->. No definitive information of other regular loaded use is available - '''reports welcomed'''.
 
 
 
===Vigneux sur Seine – Juvisy===
 
(ERA 24C3; ''31B:A4'') FR458
 
 
 
Between Vigneux sur Seine and Juvisy there are two pairs of tracks: ''1.'' 1C and 2C, and ''2.'' 1M and 2M. The northbound track 1M crosses over the Orléans main lines and back again by two bridges north of Juvisy. The C tracks are used by RER line D trains, the M tracks by through trains between ''LGVs'' north or east of Paris and the Orléans main line via Valenton [the last were Brive-la-Gaillarde <=> Lille TGVs withdrawn June 2016]<!---TO DELETE THIS BRACKETED REFERENCE AT DEC 2017, I SUGGEST---> and have been observed being used by other passenger stock but no definitive information of other regular loaded use is available - '''reports welcomed'''.
 
 
 
===Juvisy (PLM-side) – Athis-Mons (via TER tracks)===
 
(ERA 24C3, not shown; ''31B:A4'', not fully shown) FR459
 
 
 
Through RER line C trains use Orléans-side platforms (Quais F, G and H). Juvisy RER line C turn-back trains generally use PLM-side platforms (Quai C), reached by tracks 1 TER (inbound - train codes ''JILL'' and ''JADE'') and 2 TER (outbound via overbridge). Together, these save such trains having to make the flat crossing movement which would be necessary if Quai E were used.
 
 
 
===Dourdan-la-Forêt===
 
(ERA 24C2, not shown; ''31A4'') FR460
 
 
 
Dourdan-la-Forêt is a dead-end single platform beyond Dourdan station, on a track parallel to the Vendôme line but separated from it by carriage sidings. It is used by those RER line C4 trains so advertised. Note that there is '''no''' service from mid July to late August.
 
 
 
===Paris Montparnasse Vaugirard===
 
(ERA 24B3; ''31B:A2'') FR461
 
 
 
This station is an annexe to Paris Montparnasse and comprises additional platforms adjacent to the main running lines about 0.5km from the main station, for those trains so advertised (including - from 10 December 2017 - ''Ouigo'' services with Rennes and Nantes).
 
 
 
===Versailles Chantiers – St.Cyr l'École===
 
(ERA 24B3-B2, not shown; ''31A:C3-B3'') FR462
 
 
 
Main line trains from Paris Montparnasse to Plaisir Grignon or beyond (including Granville line trains) do not use the main lines between Versailles and St.Cyr but a separate alignment (tracks M1/M2 - formerly freight) via Versailles-Matelots, to the north. The east end access to this route - at the west end of Versaille Chantiers - is for westbound trains to use the diveunder, from platforms G, H or J, and for eastbound trains to use the curve on the north side to the RER line C (B1/B2) tracks (rather than the diveunder); there are, however, exceptions to both these general practices.
 
 
 
No trains have been identified as using the flat junction (Bifurcation de Granville), just west of St.Cyr station, to gain access to the Granville line.
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Versailles.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Épluches (Bifurcation d'Épluches) – St.Ouen-l'Aumone-Liesse (Bifurcation de Liesse (Nord))===
 
(ERA 24A2; ''31A1'') FR18/463
 
 
 
Some TER line H trains between Paris Nord and Persan Beaumont (usually for Beauvais or beyond) with a non-stop journey time of 35 or more minutes (instead of the normal 27-30 mins) use this route to avoid a conflicting movement on the route via Montsoult-Maffliers.
 
 
 
Each summer in recent years a single SSuO round trip between Paris Nord and Auvers-sur-Oise has operated via this route, advertised locally
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
| D1
 
| SSuO
 
| RER20601
 
| 09:38 Paris Nord - Auvers sur Oise (arr 10:22)
 
|-
 
| D1
 
| SSuO
 
| RER20606
 
| 18:32 Auvers sur Oise - Paris Nord (arr 19:05)
 
|}
 
 
 
D1: 7 Jul to 14 Oct 2018; also 15 Aug, '''not''' 1 to 23 Sep, 6, 7 Oct
 
 
 
Note that because of engineering works, revised arrangements (which may not involve the use of this route) may apply on some dates.
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Bezons ''and'' Raccordement de la Folie: Houilles Carrières sur Seine (Bifurcation de Bezons) – Puteaux (Bifurcation de Puteaux)===
 
(ERA 24B3; ''31A:D2'') FR464
 
 
 
This west <=> south connection is an alternative to the Mantes la-Jolie - Plaisir Grignon - Versailles line during engineering work.
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Piquettes: Mantes la-Jolie – Rosny-sur-Seine===
 
(ERA 24A1, not shown; ''30B2'') FR465
 
 
 
This curve connects the south side of Mantes-la-Jolie station (Rouen platforms) and the Le Havre line.  It may be used if a train from Paris to the Le Havre line needs to be overtaken by a fast service from  Paris to the Rouen line, though this may be necessary only if the ‘slow line’ Rouen platforms are occupied by terminating trains. Any  train to the Rouen line calling at platforms F to H  must use the Raccordement. The following train has been observed using this route and appears to be booked to use platform H.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
| D
 
| SuX
 
| 850003
 
| Paris St. Lazare - 06:44 Mantes la-Jolie - Rouen
 
|}
 
 
 
'''The compilers would welcome further observations on use of this curve.'''
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Mantes-le-Jolie.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Provins - Villiers-St.Georges===
 
(ERA 31A1; ''32:C4'') FR18/466
 
 
 
[http://www.ajecta.fr/ AJECTA] has resumed occasional excursions over this 15 km section of SNCF freight line. Trains are advertised  15 - 16 June 2019 (''Medievals de Provins'').
 
 
 
==Normandie==
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Folligny: Bifurcation km 74,0 – Bifurcation km 74,9===
 
[fiche Caen-St Lo-Coutances-Granville-Rennes] (ERA 27A1; ''26C2'') FR19/150
 
 
 
This curve provides a direct connection between Coutances and Granville. Since 9/12/2018 all trains south of Coutances take this curve and call at Granville, rather than taking the former route to Folligny which now has no service.
 
 
 
==Nouvelle Aquitaine==
 
 
 
===Raccordement Juillé and Raccordement Villognon (north of Angoulême)===
 
(ERA 28B3, not shown correctly - see [https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch%C3%A9ma_de_la_LGV_Sud_Europe_Atlantique this schematic plan instead]) FR725
 
 
 
These two links north of Angoulême between ''LGV SEA'' and the 'classic' line are about 7.25km apart but function as a single grade separated junction. The more northerly raccordement (Juillé) is normally used by northbound TGVs serving Angoulême and the more southerly (Villognon) by southbound TGVs. These came into service 2 July 2017.
 
 
 
=== Raccordement de la Grave: St.Loubès (La Grave d'Ambarès Supérieure) – Ste.Eulalie-Carbon-Blanc (Bifurcation de la Grave)===
 
(ERA 28C2 not shown ) FR19/50
 
 
 
An east <=> south curve linking the high level (Angoulême) and low level (Saintes) lines. In the past this curve was used by late evening trains southbound to Bordeaux and by early morning and late evening ones northbound from Bordeaux. This pattern probably still applies but details of individual trains are no longer available to the compilers.
 
 
 
The following train had been identified as using this route in previous years. '''The compilers would greatly appreciate confirmation they still do and details of any other trains observed taking this route''', another train previously reported as using this route has been observed not doing so on the [https://www.sncf.com/sncv1/fr/geolocalisation real time train location website].
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|-
 
|
 
| SSuX
 
| 865021
 
| Angoulême - 13:33 Libourne - Bordeaux St Jean
 
|}
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Raccordement de la Grave.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
=== Raccordement de Port de Piles: north of Châtellerault===
 
(ERA 27C3 not shown correctly ''18 I 10'' ) FR19/51
 
 
 
This provides a link from the ''LGV SEA'' for TGVs serving Châtellerault as well as Poitiers. It probably came into service at the end of 2017.  Usage by the two trains shown has been confirmed on the [https://www.sncf.com/sncv1/fr/geolocalisation real time train location website].  It is not certain if TGVs calling at St Pierre des Corps and Châtellerault use the LGV and this connection or remain on the old main line
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
|-
 
|
 
| FSSuX
 
| TGV8291/8489
 
| 17:05 Paris Montparnasse - Châtellerault - Poitiers/Bordeaux St Jean
 
|-
 
|
 
| FSSuX
 
| TGV8344
 
| Poitiers - 17:34 Châtellerault - Paris Montparnasse
 
|}
 
 
 
==Occitanie==
 
 
 
===Raccordement de Narbonne: Lézignan (Bifurcation Raccordement Nord) – Port La Nouvelle (Bifurcation Sud)===
 
(ERA 29B5) FR19/500
 
 
 
This curve avoiding Narbonne is used by two dated train pairs.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable"
 
| D1
 
|
 
| AVE/TGV9726
 
| Barcelona Sants - 19:55 Perpignan - Toulouse-Matabiau
 
|-
 
| D*
 
|
 
| 3730
 
| Cerbère - 20:00 Perpignan - Toulouse-Matabiau [- Paris Austerlitz]
 
|-
 
| D*
 
|
 
| 3731
 
| [Paris Austerlitz -] Toulouse-Matabiau - 07:54/08:00 Lézignan - Port Bou
 
|-
 
| D2
 
|
 
| TGV9729
 
| Toulouse-Matabiau - 08:56 Carcassonne - Barcelona Sants
 
|}
 
 
 
D1: 31 March to 5 July 2019 but not 3 - 8 May.
 
 
 
D2: 1 April to 5 July 2019 but not 4, 5 May
 
 
 
D*: the dates of running are too complex to list
 
 
 
===Nîmes (Bif. de Grézan) – Raccordement Fret de Saint-Gervasy – Nîmes-Manduel===
 
(ERA 33A2) FR19/501
 
 
 
This freight connection links the Rhône West Bank line east of Nîmes with the ''Contournement de Nîmes et de Montpellier'', the LGV running west to beyond Montpellier. The line passes under the classic line to Tarascon by means of the ''Tranchée « couverte » de Manduel''.
 
 
 
This route is used by a few trains terminating at Montpellier Sud de France, following their reversal at Nîmes.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable" 
 
| D
 
| SSuX
 
| TGV6331/6330
 
| Paris Gare de Lyon – 23:24 Nîmes - Montpellier Sud de France
 
|-
 
| D
 
| FO
 
| TGV6227/6226
 
| Paris Gare de Lyon – 00:20 (SO) Nîmes - Montpellier Sud de France
 
|-
 
|}
 
 
 
This route will certainly go out of use when the new Nîmes-Manduel LGV station opens. However, that is scheduled for December 2019. As at April 2019, the above trains are scheduled to run on up to 18 May 2019 and then on various dates until 12 December 2019 (Source: DB Hafas).
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Nimes_junctions.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===[Beaucaire –] Raccordement de Jonquières – Nîmes-Manduel (west junction)===
 
(ERA 33A2) FR19/502
 
 
 
This connection links the Tarascon - Nîmes line with the ''Contournement de Nîmes et de Montpellier'', the LGV running west to beyond Montpellier.
 
 
 
It is used by the following services which run non-stop, or stop only at Arles, between Marseille and Montpellier Sud de France. They have to use this route because, being loco hauled, they cannot use the LGV east of Nîmes-Manduel.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable" 
 
|
 
|
 
| IC4658
 
| 08:34 Marseille St Charles - Bordeaux St Jean
 
|-
 
| D
 
|
 
| IC4764
 
| Marseille St Charles - 15:02 Arles - Bordeaux St Jean
 
|-
 
|
 
 
| IC4657
 
| Bordeaux St Jean - 12:52 Montpellier Sud de France - Marseille St Charles
 
|-
 
|
 
 
| IC4663
 
| Bordeaux St Jean - 18:52 Montpellier Sud de France - Marseille St Charles
 
|}
 
 
 
Click on the thumbnail for a full size map.
 
[[File:Nimes_junctions.jpg|50px|thumb|left]]<br style="clear: both" />
 
 
 
===Rhône West Bank (Rive Droite) line: Givors Canal – Nîmes (Poste 1) and branches===
 
(ERA 32B2-33A2) - see FR801
 
 
 
==Pays-de-la-Loire==
 
 
 
===Sablé-sur-Sarthe Triangle===
 
[fiche Ligne 28] (ERA 27B2; ''45C4'') FR19/680
 
 
 
This triangular junction provides a link southwards from the ''LGV BPL'' to the 'classic' Le Mans - Angers [ - Nantes] line at Sablé-sur-Sarthe.
 
 
 
*The east <=> south curve ('''Raccordement de Sablé-sur-Sarthe''') enables ''TGVs'' to run between Paris and Angers [ - Nantes]. This curve is used by all such trains which do '''NOT''' call at Le Mans. However, it appears that the majority of TGVs which call at Le Mans, or perhaps all such trains, use the ‘classic’ line between Le Mans and Angers. The only train which was identified as running via the Raccordement in 2018, as it overtook a preceding TER, no longer does so. '''The compilers would greatly appreciate reports of any TGVs taking this route between Le Mans and Angers.'''
 
*The west <=> south curve ('''Virgule de Sablé-sur-Sarthe: Laval (SEI 75 Auvers) - Sablé-sur-Sarthe''') enables TER trains to run direct between [Rennes - ] Laval and Angers [ - Nantes].
 
 
 
==Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur ==
 
 
 
===Raccordement Grand Sud: Avignon TGV (Bifurcation Km 624,0/624,2) – Manduel-Redessan (Suze SEI71 (Bifurcation Km 5,2))===
 
(ERA 33A2) FR19/750
 
 
 
The third side of the Triangle des Angles, west of Avignon TGV station, is used by direct TGVs (or equivalent) between Marseille and Nîmes or beyond.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable" 
 
| D
 
 
| AVE9731
 
| Marseille St Charles - 08:43 Avignon TGV - Madrid Puerta de Atocha
 
|-
 
| D
 
 
| AVE9724
 
| Madrid Puerta de Atocha - 20:25 Nîmes - Marseille St Charles
 
|}
 
 
 
===L'Estaque – Marseille St.Charles===
 
[fiche Ligne 07] (ERA 33B3) FR751
 
 
 
There are two routes between [Miramas -] L'Estaque and Marseille St.Charles: the main line running direct and a more indirect line via the dock area. Trains calling at Arenc-Euroméditerranée use the latter route; all other trains use the main line. The trains via the dock area may use lines on either side of Marseille Maritime Arenc yard (north of Arenc-Euroméditerranée station), which are reversible.
 
 
 
===Raccordement des Chartreux: St.Berthelmy – Marseille Blancarde===
 
[fiche  Ligne 07] (ERA 33B3) FR19/752
 
 
 
This curve bypassing Marseille St. Charles to the north is used by TGVs to/from Toulon and beyond '''''not''''' calling at Marseille St.Charles. The local services which ran by this route in 2018 have been withdrawn owing to issues with line occupation.
 
 
 
Owing to the introduction of Ouigo services, most regular TGV services now call at Marseille, leaving fewer trains taking this route.
 
 
 
{| class="ostable" 
 
|
 
 
| TGV6150
 
| 05:38 Toulon - Paris Gare de Lyon
 
|-
 
|
 
 
| TGV OUIGO 7858
 
| Nice Ville – 07:46 Toulon - Paris Gare de Lyon
 
|-
 
|
 
 
| TGV OUIGO 7856
 
| Nice Ville – 15:42 Toulon - Paris Gare de Lyon
 
|-
 
|
 
 
| TGV OUIGO7851
 
| Paris Gare de Lyon – 10:22 Aix-en-Provence TGV – Nice Ville
 
|-
 
|
 
 
| TGV 6175
 
| Paris Gare de Lyon – 12:58 Avignon TGV – Nice Ville
 
|-
 
|
 
 
| TGV OUIGO7853
 
| Paris Gare de Lyon – 20:20 Aix-en-Provence TGV – Nice Ville
 
|}
 
  
 
=Trams=
 
=Trams=
Line 1,164: Line 69:
 
Away from the LGVs and main lines to and from Paris, SNCF provide some of the least frequent services in Europe on their cross-country, secondary and tertiary lines. To list those with a poorer frequency than might be expected elsewhere would be tedious. However, the following lines have - on several working days of the week - no more than a single round trip, <i>or</i> have no service on some working days, <i>or</i> are restricted to seasonal or "dated" service. Careful study of the Régional TER fiches is therefore strongly recommended. "Better service" may still be limited compared to standards elsewhere.
 
Away from the LGVs and main lines to and from Paris, SNCF provide some of the least frequent services in Europe on their cross-country, secondary and tertiary lines. To list those with a poorer frequency than might be expected elsewhere would be tedious. However, the following lines have - on several working days of the week - no more than a single round trip, <i>or</i> have no service on some working days, <i>or</i> are restricted to seasonal or "dated" service. Careful study of the Régional TER fiches is therefore strongly recommended. "Better service" may still be limited compared to standards elsewhere.
  
<b>Readers should also take particular notice of lines listed as  
+
Readers should also take particular notice of lines listed as  
[[France_-_General_Information#Services_which_are_particularly_threatened|Particularly Threatened]]</b>
+
[[France_-_General_Information#Services_which_are_particularly_threatened|Particularly Threatened]].
  
==Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes==
+
'''Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes'''
 
{| class="osstable3"
 
{| class="osstable3"
| fiches 66, 81
+
| ERT 332, fiche 81
 
| Neussargues - St Chély-d'Apcher
 
| Neussargues - St Chély-d'Apcher
 
|
 
|
 
|}
 
|}
  
==Bourgogne-Franche-Comté==
+
'''Bourgogne-Franche-Comté'''
 
{| class="osstable3"
 
{| class="osstable3"
 
| fiche **
 
| fiche **
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|}
 
|}
  
==Bretagne==
+
'''Bretagne'''
 
{| class="osstable3"
 
{| class="osstable3"
| fiche 09
+
| ERT 285
| Retiers - Châteaubriant
 
| Better service at weekends. <b>However, the entire line from Rennes is closed until September 2019 for relaying work.</b>
 
|-
 
| fiche **
 
 
| Auray - Quiberon
 
| Auray - Quiberon
| Summer service only (note ** = fiche is at TER Bretagne website, but "hidden" under Loisirs et Tourisme >  Lignes touristiques$$ > Tire Bouchon <i>(= Corkscrew)</i> and the current version is not usually available until the summer
+
| Summer service only.  Details are found in the [https://www.ter.sncf.com/bretagne/loisirs/lignes-touristiques Les Trains Touristiques] section of the TER Bretagne website.
 
 
$$ accessed by clicking on the 'Les trains touristiques' tab!)
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
==Grand Est==
+
'''Grand Est'''
{| class="osstable3"
 
| fiche A 08*
 
| Saales - St.Dié-des-Vosges
 
| *(fiche Strasbourg Saales St.Dié Epinal). Better service at weekends. ''Service should be restored to more normal level by 2021 on completion of relaying and other work.''
 
|}
 
 
{| class="osstable3"
 
{| class="osstable3"
| fiche L02
+
| ERT 915, fiche L02
 
| Thionville – Apach – frontier (– Perl [Germany])
 
| Thionville – Apach – frontier (– Perl [Germany])
 
| Weekend service only  
 
| Weekend service only  
 
|}
 
|}
  
==Normandie==
+
'''Normandie'''
 
{| class="osstable3"
 
{| class="osstable3"
| fiche **
+
| ERT 276a, fiche **
 
| Trouville-Deauville - Dives-Cabourg
 
| Trouville-Deauville - Dives-Cabourg
| ** (fiche Dives Cabourg-Trouville Deauville-Paris). Summer service plus winter weekends (except 11 January - 29 March 2018)
+
| ** (fiche Dives Cabourg-Trouville Deauville-Paris). Daily in July and August; more limited, mostly at weekends, in spring and autumn; no winter service
 
|}
 
|}
  
==Nouvelle-Aquitaine ==
+
'''Nouvelle-Aquitaine'''
 
{| class="osstable3"
 
{| class="osstable3"
| fiche 33
+
| ERT 307, fiche 42
 
| Le Verdon - Pointe-de-Grave
 
| Le Verdon - Pointe-de-Grave
 
| Summer service only; Pointe-de-Grave does not appear on the fiche outside the summer
 
| Summer service only; Pointe-de-Grave does not appear on the fiche outside the summer
 
|-
 
|-
|  
+
| fiche 25
| Hendaye – Irún (Spain)
+
| Busseau-sur-Creuse - Felletin
| There have been no '''standard gauge''' services from Hendaye to Irún since December 2017. The only cross-border services are broad gauge trains: 310 and 313 (Hotel trains from/to Lisboa Santa Apolonia) and IC 280 '''from''' A Coruña .
+
| Limited weekday service; none at weekends
 
|}
 
|}
  
 +
'''Occitanie'''
 
{| class="osstable3"
 
{| class="osstable3"
| fiche 10
+
| ERT 332, fiche 31
| Busseau-sur-Creuse - Felletin
+
| Mende - Le Monastier-Pin-Moriès [ - Marvejols]
|-
+
|  
| fiche 10
 
| Bressuire - Chantonnay
 
| Better service on summer weekends
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
==Occitanie==
+
'''Pays de Loire'''
 
{| class="osstable3"
 
{| class="osstable3"
| fiches 31, 32
+
| fiche 14
| Mende - Le Monastier-Pin-Moriès [ - Marvejols]
+
| Chantonnay - Bressuire
|  
+
| Better service on summer weekends
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=Deletions since previous edition=
 
=Deletions since previous edition=
 +
 +
==Obscure services==
  
 
{| class="dpetable3"
 
{| class="dpetable3"
|  
+
| FR19/501
| None
+
| Nîmes (Bif. de Grézan) – Raccordement Fret de Saint-Gervasy – Nîmes Pont du Gard
|  
+
| This route was used on a temporary basis by a few trains pending compltion of the ''Contournement de Nîmes et de Montpellier''.
 +
|-
 +
| FR19/502
 +
| [Beaucaire –] Raccordement de Jonquières – Nîmes-Manduel (west junction)
 +
| Following completion of the ''Contournement de Nîmes et de Montpellier'' IC trains no longer run via Montpellier Sud de France.
 
|}
 
|}
  
==Deletions from Other Sparse Services section==
+
==Other sparse services==
  
 
{| class="dpetable3"
 
{| class="dpetable3"
 +
| Bretagne
 +
| Retiers - Châteaubriant
 +
| Bus service pending track renewals no earlier than 2021
 +
|-
 +
| Grand Est
 +
| Saales - St Dié-des-Vosges
 +
| A reasonable train service was reinstated in November 2019 or earlier
 +
|-
 +
| Nouvelle Acquitaine
 +
| Hendaye - Irun (Spain)
 +
| Now included in Obscure Services
 +
|}
 +
 +
<!---{| class="dpetable3"
 
| Bretagne
 
| Bretagne
 
| Morlaix - Roscoff
 
| Morlaix - Roscoff
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| Thionville – Bouzonville
 
| Thionville – Bouzonville
 
| Bus since April 2016 with no resumption date announced so presumed closed
 
| Bus since April 2016 with no resumption date announced so presumed closed
|}
+
|-
<!---{| class="dpetable3"
+
| class="dpetable3"
 
| Auvergne Région
 
| Auvergne Région
 
| Clermont-Ferrand - Volvic
 
| Clermont-Ferrand - Volvic

Latest revision as of 23:09, 30 December 2019

Introduction

Timetable Information

It has not been possible to obtain access to the working timetable in recent years. The entries in this list therefore derive from:

  • services which can be adduced from public timetable information (such as occasional pre-planned engineering diversions where these are shown in the journey planners) for which an explanation is given
  • services where the same train / timings apply as in the last accessed working timetable and where it may therefore be assumed that the same "obscure" routing applies
  • services for which the routing has been confirmed subsequently.

Therefore for some entries this list does not represent the service for any specific timetable period and it is not planned to update these entries with each timetable change. For some entries where the service is particularly sparse or difficult to deduce, individual trains are listed and the compilers will endeavour to update these entries with each timetable change. Entries marked FR20/ are based on the timetable commencing 15 December 2019, unless otherwise stated. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Regions

From 1982 the Départements in metropolitan France were grouped into 16 Régions, which were merged and renamed into 13 metropolitan Régions in 2016. SNCF continued to use the 1982 names for a while after 2016, but now use the new names.

Regions are listed geographically, north to south, and there is a separate page giving details of obscure services in each.

Hauts de France includes Lille and Amiens
Normandie includes Caen and Rouen
Île-de-France includes Paris
Grand Est includes Metz, Strasbourg and Mulhouse
Pays de Loire includes Le Mans and Nantes
Centre - Val de Loire includes Orléans and Tours
Bourgogne Franche Comté includes Besançon and Dijon
Nouvelle Aquitaine includes Poitiers and Bordeaux
Auvergne Rhône Alpes includes Lyon, Chambéry and Valence
Occitanie includes Toulouse and Perpignan
Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur includes Avignon and Marseille

The following regions currently have no Obscure Services: Bretagne and Corse (Corsica)

Dates of Running

SNCF has one of the most complex patterns in Europe of dates on which some trains run, such that they can be very cumbersome to express in words. The entries thus show just the basic pattern, such as weekdays only or weekends only. The letter 'D' denotes a train whose dates of operation are seasonal or variable. Users should use the SNCF journey planner to determine on which dates a train runs.

The timetable fiches do not normally cover the whole year. A new series usually comes into force in July, but not all régions seem to adhere to the same July date. These summer/autumn fiches are not normally available until June. Check also when reading the timetable fiches for dated entries, fiches being reissued after they have come into force (and hence not necessarily available at the time of compiling details of obscure services) and gaps in the period covered (which can give rise to a 'hidden' suspension of service). Owing to this complex situation users should not rely on details herein being up to date at all times and should check on the SNCF journey planner. Check for alterations in consequence of strikes, engineering works and of service reductions at holiday periods at SNCF Grandes lignes, Île de France or the TER regional websites.

LGVs

Details are not generally given of spurs linking to Lignes à Grande Vitesse (LGVs) (except in the cases of a few little-used or particularly obscure spurs). Detailed schematic plans of all LGVs can be found via this list; these plans should be consulted to identify all the various spurs on and off LGVs. TGVs normally make maximum use of LGVs on their line of route, but overnight services may use classic lines for part of the journey, in order to allow for infrastructure maintenance. A TGV calling at two stations reasonably close together on a classic line may not use a parallel LGV.

Where reference is made to TGV services, this should be taken to include Eurostar, Thalys, Ouigo and Izy trains as appropriate, where the context so permits and unless otherwise indicated (but remember that Ouigo and Izy trains may not show up on Voyages-SNCF or HAFAS-related on-line journey planners - only on their dedicated websites). In lists of trains herein, TGV Inoui services are shown as TGVI and TGV Ouigo as TGVO.

Table Numbers/Fiches

No overall French public timetable in tabular form is now issued, so table numbers cannot be quoted. Lines are listed by local government Région so, for local services, the number of the TER fiche is quoted. These can be downloaded through the TER regional websites: select the relevant Région and follow Horaires & Trafic then Fiches Horaires or Votre Fiche Horaires or Fiches Horaires à télécharger or Horaires / Travauz / Grèves.

Where a service is shown in the European Rail Timetable this is indicated by 'ERT' and the table number.

Maps

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA" refer to the European Railway Atlas France & Benelux Regional Series 2017, by M.G.Ball (ISBN 978-1-9997875-1-6). An additional map reference in italics for some entries refers to the Schweers+Wall Atlas Ferroviaire de la France Band 1 Nord, dated 2015.

SNCF's most recent on-line passenger destinations map is diagrammatic and does not show lines used only by local trains: see the General Information Maps page for mapping information.

Trams

See France - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

Away from the LGVs and main lines to and from Paris, SNCF provide some of the least frequent services in Europe on their cross-country, secondary and tertiary lines. To list those with a poorer frequency than might be expected elsewhere would be tedious. However, the following lines have - on several working days of the week - no more than a single round trip, or have no service on some working days, or are restricted to seasonal or "dated" service. Careful study of the Régional TER fiches is therefore strongly recommended. "Better service" may still be limited compared to standards elsewhere.

Readers should also take particular notice of lines listed as Particularly Threatened.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

ERT 332, fiche 81 Neussargues - St Chély-d'Apcher

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

fiche ** Clamecy - Corbigny ** (fiche CORBIGNY/CLAMECY/AVALLON-AUXERRE-PARIS BERCY)

Bretagne

ERT 285 Auray - Quiberon Summer service only. Details are found in the Les Trains Touristiques section of the TER Bretagne website.

Grand Est

ERT 915, fiche L02 Thionville – Apach – frontier (– Perl [Germany]) Weekend service only

Normandie

ERT 276a, fiche ** Trouville-Deauville - Dives-Cabourg ** (fiche Dives Cabourg-Trouville Deauville-Paris). Daily in July and August; more limited, mostly at weekends, in spring and autumn; no winter service

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

ERT 307, fiche 42 Le Verdon - Pointe-de-Grave Summer service only; Pointe-de-Grave does not appear on the fiche outside the summer
fiche 25 Busseau-sur-Creuse - Felletin Limited weekday service; none at weekends

Occitanie

ERT 332, fiche 31 Mende - Le Monastier-Pin-Moriès [ - Marvejols]

Pays de Loire

fiche 14 Chantonnay - Bressuire Better service on summer weekends

Deletions since previous edition

Obscure services

FR19/501 Nîmes (Bif. de Grézan) – Raccordement Fret de Saint-Gervasy – Nîmes Pont du Gard This route was used on a temporary basis by a few trains pending compltion of the Contournement de Nîmes et de Montpellier.
FR19/502 [Beaucaire –] Raccordement de Jonquières – Nîmes-Manduel (west junction) Following completion of the Contournement de Nîmes et de Montpellier IC trains no longer run via Montpellier Sud de France.

Other sparse services

Bretagne Retiers - Châteaubriant Bus service pending track renewals no earlier than 2021
Grand Est Saales - St Dié-des-Vosges A reasonable train service was reinstated in November 2019 or earlier
Nouvelle Acquitaine Hendaye - Irun (Spain) Now included in Obscure Services


See also