France - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Obscure Routes

General

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 this list does not represent the service for any specific timetable period and it is not planned to up-date entries with each timetable change. 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.

With the exception of a few little-used or obscure spurs, details are not given of all the spurs linking to Lignes à Grande Vitesse (LGVs). It may be assumed that Trains à Grande Vitesse (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 and Thalys trains as appropriate.

No overall French public timetable in tabular form is now issued (so table numbers cannot be quoted). Lines are listed by local government Région and, for local services, the number of the TER fiche is quoted. These can be downloaded through the TER website > Région > Fiches Horaires > fiche. Exception: Île-de-France and Paris > Fiches horaires en poche. There are no entries for the following Régions: Corse; Limousin; Haute-Normandie; Pays-de-la-Loire; Poitou-Charentes.

Car-carrier trains

All internal French car-carrier trains have been withdrawn. The only such services now remaining (which are mentioned under some routes below) are those from Germany by DB Autozug, which do not convey passengers without an accompanying vehicle.

Obscure services

Alsace Région

Contournement de Mulhouse and Raccordement de Wanne: Lutterbach (Haut-Rhin) (Bifurcation de Lutterbach) – Mulhouse (via Mulhouse Nord)

[fiche 01] (41A3) FR1

Enables trains from the Colmar direction to approach Mulhouse station from the east, and is used by most through-running trains between the Colmar and Belfort lines, to simplify operation at Mulhouse (although those with extended station time at Mulhouse are likely to run between Lutterbach and Mulhouse direct via Dornach and reverse at Mulhouse station). It is also used by those DB Autozug trains not listed under FR203.

A direct curve, now open for freight, to the west of Mulhouse between the Colmar line near Mulhouse-Dornach and the Belfort line near Brunstatt will eliminate the need for use of this route FR1 by those TGVs between Strasbourg and Marseille without a Mulhouse call when they commence in December 2013.

Contournement de Mulhouse and Raccordement de Dornach: Mulhouse Dornach – Rixheim (via Mulhouse Nord)

[fiche 15] (41A3, not all shown) FR2

This route (which partly overlaps the preceding entry) enables trains from the Basel direction to approach Mulhouse station from the west, and vice versa. It is only used when engineering work blocks the direct line between Rixheim and Mulhouse, by local trains (which may be advertised with extended running time between those points).

Mulhouse Ville – Müllheim (Baden) (Germany)

(41A3) FR3

For details of seasonal Sunday services on this route see DB Kursbuch, table (Kursbuchstreckennummer) 703.

(Flüh [Switzerland] –) frontier – Leymen – frontier (– Rodersdorf [Switzerland])

(41A2 - not shown) FR4

BLT operate through France - see Swiss table > 505 - over this route which is not linked to the French national network.

Aquitaine Région

Raccordement de la Grave: St.Loubès (La Grave d'Ambarès Supérieure) – Ste.Eulalie-Carbon-Blanc (Bifurcation de la Grave)

(51B1, not shown) FR50

An east <=> south curve linking the high level (Angoulême) and low level (Saintes) lines. From the 2011/2012 timetable the following trains, mainly in the early morning and late evening, are scheduled via this curve:

FSSuO 5241 Lille Flandres - 21:32 Angoulême - Bordeaux St Jean
FO 8467 Paris Montparnasse - 20:29 Angoulême - Arcachon
FSSuO 8469 Paris Montparnasse - 22:42 Libourne - Bordeaux St Jean
FX 8479 Paris Montparnasse - 20:29 Angoulême - Bordeaux St Jean
FO 8491 Paris Montparnasse - 00:54 SO Libourne - Bordeaux St Jean
8549 18:29 Paris Montparnasse - Toulouse Matabiau
FO 8579 19:29 Paris Montparnasse - Toulouse Matabiau
MSSuX 865023 Coutras - 06:12 St Loubes - Bordeaux St Jean
MSSuX 865035 Coutras - 05:45 Libourne - Bordeaux St Jean
SuO 865319 Périgeux - 21:36 Libourne - Bordeaux St Jean
SSuX 865609 Bergerac - 06:11 Libourne - Bordeaux St Jean
SuO 865727 Sarlat/Bergerac - 21:52 Libourne - Bordeaux St Jean
D SSuX $$ 407/406 Madrid-Chamartin - 22:56 Vitoria/Gasteiz - Paris Austerlitz
SSuX 8406 05:00 Bordeaux St Jean - Paris Montparnasse
MSSuO 8408 05:40 Bordeaux St Jean - Paris Montparnasse
SuO 8590 Hendaye - 21:13 Bordeaux St Jean - Paris Montparnasse
MO 865030 05:44 Bordeaux St Jean - Angoulême
MSO 865300 05:36 Bordeaux St Jean - Périgeux
SuO 865322 21:52 Bordeaux St Jean - Périgeux
SSuX 865540 06:02 Bordeaux St Jean - Limoges Bénédictins
FSuO 865608 21:45 Bordeaux St Jean - Bergerac
SSuX 865712 05:54 Bordeaux St Jean - Sarlat/Bergerac

Note $$: Runs WThFO from Madrid in the winter months; SSuX or daily at other times. The Saturday and Sunday departures from Madrid run via Bassens and do not use the curve.

Le Verdon - Pointe-de-Grave

[fiche Le Verdon ... Bordeaux] (51A2) FR51

Summer only service

Auvergne Région

Raccordement de St.Germain-des-Fossés

(47B1, not shown) FR100

Used by through trains between Lyon and Montluçon or Clermont Ferrand when not scheduled to call at St.Germain-des-Fossés.

Basse-Normandie Région

Trouville-Deauville - Dives-Cabourg

[fiche 05] (12B1) FR150

Summer only service but with some winter weekend workings.

Bourgogne Région

Saincaize avoiding line: La Guerche-sur-l'Aubois – Nevers

[Centre fiche 34] (47A3) FR200

Used by through trains between Bourges and Nevers.

Raccordement de Laroche-Migennes: Poste 5 (station south side) - Poste 4 (main line)

[fiche 12] (37B3, not shown) FR201

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.

Dijon Perrigny and Gevrey Triages (Yards)

(38B1) FR203

These connections, through Dijon Perrigny Triage and also (in the case of (a) and (c)) through Gevrey Triage, are used by those trains between the Nancy or Dole lines and the Beaune or Bourg-en-Bresse lines not scheduled to call at Dijon Ville. Used by car-carrier trains between Germany and Avignon/Narbonne - route (a) or route (b).

  • (a) between Nancy and Beaune lines: Dijon-Porte-Neuve (Bifurcation km 318,8) – Gevrey-Chambertin Trains between Metz or Nancy or beyond and the south of France not shown to call at Dijon Ville.
  • (b) between Nancy and Bourg-en-Bresse lines: Dijon-Porte-Neuve (Bifurcation km 318,8) – Perrigny Triage Poste 3 Used by some car-carrier trains between Germany and the south of France.
  • (c) between Dole and Beaune lines: Neuilly-lès-Dijon (Bifurcation de Longvic) – Gevrey-Chambertin Used for engineering diversions by trains between Lyon and Strasbourg when shown to be diverted from the normal route via St.Amour.


In 2011, the following DB Autozug trains were scheduled via Perrigny (although it is not clear whether via FR203(a) or FR203(b)):

E SuO 1340 Berlin Wannsee - 20:26 Neu Isenberg - Narbonne [from 25 Sep only]
E WO 1334 Hamburg Altona - 16:35 Hildesheim Hbf - Narbonne
E ThO 1336 15:16 Narbonne - Hamburg Altona
E WO 1354 Düsseldorf Hbf - 19:46 Neu Isenberg - Narbonne [from 29 June only]
E ThO 1356 17:03 Narbonne - Düsseldorf Hbf [from 30 June only]
E MO 1342 Narbonne - 19:19 Avignon Centre - Berlin Wannsee [from 27 June only]

Note: the trains do not all use the same inward and outward routes [which explains why they seem unbalanced], and in some cases they may also be referred to by their impair train number (the immediately following uneven number).

Meursault (Bifurcation km 363,0) – Santenay-les-Bains (Chagny ex-Poste4) via Chagny ex-Poste 3bis and Raccordement Nevers

[fiche 03] (48B3) FR204

Used by trains between Dijon and the Montchanin branch when not scheduled to call at Chagny.

Meursault (Bifurcation km 363,0) – Chagny (west side platforms) via Chagny ex-Poste 3bis

[fiche 03] (48B3) FR205

Used by trains between Dijon and the Montchanin branch when scheduled to call at Chagny, where they reverse in the west side platforms 4 or 5 (track A, B or C).

Rully (Chagny (Poste 1)) – Chagny (west side platforms)

[fiche 06] (48B3) FR206

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).

Mâcon raccordement nord: Mâcon (Bifurcation km 442,426) – Mâcon-Loché south junction

(48B1) FR207

A link between the PLM main line and the LGV used by TGVs between [Dijon Ville -] Mâcon-Ville and Lyon.

Mâcon raccordement sud: Mâcon-Loché TGV – Creches (Bifurcation km 445,296)

(48B1) FR208

A link between the PLM main line and the LGV used when engineering work blocks the LGV between Mâcon-Loché TGV and the Lyon area and extended journey times are shown.

Bretagne Région

Redon avoiding line: Severac – Avessac

[fiche 04] (32A2) FR250

Used by those trains between Nantes and Rennes not scheduled to call at Redon.

Auray - Quiberon

[fiche 32] (31A2) FR251

Summer only service

Centre Région

Raccordement Orléans-Vierzon: Orléans – St.Cyr-en-Val-La-Source

[fiche 23] (36A3) FR300

Used by those trains between Orléans station and the Vierzon line not scheduled to call at Les Aubrais.

Raccordement Orléans-Tours: Orléans – La Chapelle-St.Mesmin

[fiche 03] (36A3) FR301

Used by those trains between Orléans station and the Tours line not scheduled to call at Les Aubrais.

St.Pierre-des-Corps (Bifurcation PS Autoroute) – Monts (Indre-et-Loire) (Bifurcation de Tours)

[fiche 30] (34B1) FR302

This section of the main line is used by trains between St.Pierre-des-Corps and Chatellerault or Poitiers not scheduled to call at Tours.

St.Pierre-des-Corps (Bifurcation PS Autoroute) – St.Genouph or La Membrolle-sur-Chois (Bifurcation Grammont)

[fiches 27 and 28] (34B1) FR303

Used by trains between St.Pierre-des-Corps and Saumur or Chateau-du-Loir not scheduled to call at Tours.

Raccordement Tours-Bordeaux: Tours – Monts (Indre-et-Loire) or Joué-les-Tours (Bifurcation de Tours)

[fiches 29, 30 and 31] (34B1) FR304

Used by trains between Tours and Poitiers, Loches or Chinon not scheduled to call at St.Pierre-des-Corps.

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

[fiche 36] (46A3) FR305

Used by trains between Vierzon and Montuçon Ville not scheduled to call at Bourges.

Bellébat turning circle (Musée des Transports de Pithiviers)

(25A1) FR306

See www.lafrancevuedurail.fr/pithiviers

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.

Champagne-Ardenne Région

Epernay avoiding line: Ay – Châlons-en-Champagne (Epernay east junction)

[fiche Reims - Châlons] (26B3) FR350

Non-stop trains between Reims and Châlons-en-Champagne (but check for reversals at Epernay). The route is an alternative to that via St.Hilaire-au-Temple and is also used for engineering diversions.

Raccordement Trois Puits: Trois Puits – Champagne-Ardenne TGV

[fiche Reims - Champagne-Ardenne TGV] (27A3, not shown - see link to FR LGV Est from Rinbad website) FR351

This link with LGV Est is unusual in that not only do through Paris <==> Reims TGVs use it but so also do non-TGV trains to make connections at Champagne-Ardenne TGV (using bay platforms there).

Raccordement direct de Chalindrey (Culmont-Chalindrey avoiding line): Andilly or Chaudenay (Haute-Marne) (Raccordement Est) – Le Pailly (Culmont-Chalindrey Poste 2, Raccordement Sud)

(39A3) FR352

Used by trains between Nancy and Dijon which are not scheduled to call at Culmont-Chalindrey. Used by car-carrier trains between Germany / the Netherlands and the south of France.

Franche-Comté Région

Belfort avoiding line: Chèvremont (Raccordement Est) – Héricourt (Raccordement Sud)

[fiche Besançon - Belfort] (40B2) FR400

Used by trains between Lyon and Mulhouse (including relief trains and for engineering diversions and DB Autozug trains not listed under FR203) not scheduled to call at Belfort.

Besançon-Franche-Comté TGV east curve

(39B3, not shown) FR401

Used by TGV trains between Mulhouse and Besançon Viotte. Note that trains between Besançon-Franche-Comté TGV station and Besançon Viotte use the west curve.

Île-de-France Région (including Paris)

A series of lines circles Paris, sections of which are used by trains running between the north of the France and the south and west.

The Petite Ceinture ran around central Paris and most has closed. Only that part of the western section which has been incorporated into RER line C has regular passenger services.

The Grande Ceinture runs through the outer suburbs. The southern section, between Versailles, Massy-Palaiseau and Les Saules, forms part of the suburban passenger network. The eastern section, between Valenton and Stains is used by occasional long-distance passenger trains (where such services remain). Between Sucy-Bonneuil and Bobigny GC alternative routes are available, via Neuilly- sur-Marne (Grande Ceinture Complémentaire) or via Nogent-le-Perreux (Grande Ceinture Est); this latter is shared with RER line A between Bifurcation de Nogent and Bifurcation de Noissy. The northern section, between Stains and Sartrouville has had no regular service for many years, apart from short-lived (July 2009-December 2010) experimental services of TGVs between Cherbourg and Dijon/Besançon and between Le Havre and Strasbourg; it has, for many years, been the subject of long-term proposals for re-opening for local transversal services across northern Paris. The western section, from Achères to Versailles, is currently out of use as a through route, but the middle part has been incorporated into the suburban network. Connections between the Grande Ceinture and the main lines radiating from Paris give a wide range of potential routings.

The LGV Interconnexion runs through the country to the east of Paris and links LGV Nord , LGV Est and LGV Sud-Est and, by a connection to the southern part of the Grande Ceinture, LGV Atlantique. It is used by all TGV services between these routes.

St.Denis – Pantin (Villette Poste 2) (via La Chapelle Poste 6)

(81B2) FR450

This is a combination of two links from the Paris Nord and Paris Est main lines to the Petite Ceinture (although the route does not actually use the Petite Ceinture itself). It is used by the mid-week [London Victoria <==>] Calais Ville <==> Venezia SL VSOE trains as between Calais and Paris Est: visit VSOE website for dates and times.

Garges-Sarcelles (Bifurcation Pierrefitte Sud) – Noisy le Sec

(81B3) FR452

This is the Grande Ceinture route linking the Paris Nord and Paris Est main lines. It is used by the weekend [London Victoria <==>] Calais Ville <==> Venezia SL VSOE trains as between Calais and Paris Est: visit VSOE website for dates and times.

Garges-Sarcelles (Bifurcation Pierrefitte Sud) – Villeneuve St.Georges (Poste 3) (via Bobigny GC)

(81B3 & 82A3) FR453

This is the Grande Ceinture route linking the Paris Nord and Paris Gare-de- Lyon main lines. There are no longer advertised services via this route but there are unadvertised pilgrimage specials between northern France and Belgium, and Lourdes via this pair of routes.

  • (a) via Grande Ceinture Complémentaire and Neuilly sur Marne
  • (b) via Grande Ceinture Est and Nogent-le-Perreux

Garges-Sarcelles (Bifurcation Pierrefitte Sud) – Savigny sur Orge (Bifurcation de St.Martin) (via Bobigny GC)

(81B3 & 82A3) FR454

This is the Grande Ceinture route linking the Paris Nord and the Paris Austerlitz main lines. There are no longer advertised services via this route but there are unadvertised pilgrimage specials between northern France and Belgium, and Lourdes via this pair of routes.

  • (a) via Grande Ceinture Complémentaire and Neuilly sur Marne
  • (b) via Grande Ceinture Est and Nogent-le-Perreux

Chenay-Gagny – Savigny sur Orge (Bifurcation de St.Martin) (via Valenton)

(81B3 & 82A3) FR455

This is the Grande Ceinture route linking the Paris Est and the Paris Austerlitz main lines. There are no longer advertised services via this route but there are unadvertised pilgrimage specials between north-eastern France (or beyond) and Lourdes via this route.

Triangle de Coubert north curve: Les Saules (Triangle de Coubert Bifurcation Ouest) – Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy (Triangle de Coubert Bifurcation Nord)

(25B2) FR457

Used by TGVs between LGV Nord and LGV Atlantique.

Le Creusot-TGV (Bifurcation de Moisenay) – Combs-la-Ville-Quincy (Bifurcation de Combs)

(25B2) FR458

This is the former northern end of LGV Sud-Est, now little used. Most TGVs to and from Paris 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. A few trains are routed via Bifurcation de Combs for engineering works or pathing purposes.

Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy or Le Creusot-TGV (Bifurcation de Valenton) – Les Saules

(82A3) FR459

A connection from LGV Interconnexion to the Grande Ceinture used by TGVs between LGV Sud-Est, LGV Est or LGV Nord and Cherbourg, Rouen or LGV Atlantique.

Massy TGV – Chemin d'Antony (Bifurcation km 23,4)

(82A2) FR460

A connection between LGV Atlantique and the Grande Ceinture used by all TGV services between LGV Sud Est, LGV Est or LGV Nord and LGV Atlantique.

Paris Bercy

(82A3) FR461

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 local services [fiches R], as well as overnight trains. They also use the goods lines (M1 and M2) to access Bercy.

Paris Gare de Lyon Banlieue – Villeneuve St.Georges

(82A/B3) FR462

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

(82A/B3) FR463

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 trains, the M tracks by the through Brive-la-Gaillarde <==> Lille TGVs. No definitive information of other regular loaded use is available - reports welcomed.

Vigneux sur Seine – Juvisy

(82A/B3) FR464

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 trains, the M tracks by the through Brive-la-Gaillarde <==> Lille TGVs 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)

(82B3 - not fully shown) FR465

Through RER C trains use Orléans-side platforms (Quais F, G and H). Juvisy RER 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.

Orly Ville – Valenton (via Juvisy Faisceau de rebroussement [yard] (reverse), MVP flyover, M1/M2 tracks and Villeneuve St.Georges)

(82B3 - not fully shown) FR466

This route is used for diversions when the direct line is blocked.

Orly Ville – Juvisy (Sud-est side) (via TAC flyover)

(82B3) FR467

This route is used for diversions when the direct line is blocked.

Dourdan-la-Forêt

[fiches C] (25A1) FR468

Dourdan-la-Forêt is a dead-ended single platform on a track parallel to the Vendôme line, used by those RER C4 trains so advertised. No service mid July to late August.

Paris Vaugirard

(82A2) FR469

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.

Versailles Chantiers – St.Cyr l'École

(82A, not fully shown) FR470

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 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.

Épluches (Bifurcation d'Épluches) – St.Ouen-l'Aumone-Liesse (Bifurcation de Liesse (Nord)

[fiches H] (81A1) FR471

Some TER 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 between April and October, advertised locally - 09:55 SSuO from Paris, 18:18 SSuO return. Note that because of engineering works, revised arrangements (which may not involve the use of this route) may apply on some dates.

Épluches (Bifurcation de Liesse (Sud)) – Eragny Neuville (Jonction d'Eragny)

(81A1) FR472

See FR473.

Eragny Neuville (Bifurcation de Conflans) – Conflans Pont Eiffel (Bifurcation de Neuville)

(81A1) FR473

Taken together with FR471 and FR472, part of alternative route (a) via Amiens when the Le Havre main line from Paris St.Lazare is blocked between Rouen and Pontoise, or (b) as an alternative to the eastern side of the Grande Ceinture.

Raccordement d'Epône:Aubergenville Elisabethville (Bifurcation de la Butte des Graviers) – Nezel Aulnay (Bifurcation des Etumiérs)

(25A3) FR474

Raccordement des Ambassadeurs: Poissy Talbot (Bifurcation des Ambassadeurs) – Achères Ville (Bifurcation d' Achères Ville)

(81B1) FR475

Taken together FR474 and FR475 are part of an alternative to the eastern side of the Grande Ceinture.

Raccordement de Bezons and Raccordement de la Folie: Houilles Carrières sur Seine (Bifurcation de Bezons) – Puteaux (Bifurcation de Puteaux)

(81B2) FR476

An alternative to the Mantes la Jolie - Plaisir Grignon - Versailles line during engineering work.

Languedoc-Roussillon Région

Raccordement de Narbonne: Lézignan (Bifurcation Raccordement Nord) – Port La Nouvelle (Bifurcation Sud)

(73A2) FR500

Used by the daily overnight Paris <==> Barcelona service and by summer dated trains between Paris Austerlitz <==> Port Bou / Cerbère where not booked to call between Perpignan and Carcassonne.

Rhône West Bank (Rive Droite) line: Givors Canal – Nîmes (Poste 1) and branches

(56B, 64B1 & 65A) - see FR801

Lorraine Région

Raccordement de Frouard: Pompey (Raccordement Est) – Liverdun (Raccordement Sud)

(28B2) FR550

Non-stop trains between Metz and Toul, for the Dijon line, avoiding Nancy, in the event of engineering works. Used by some car-carrier trains between Germany / the Netherlands and the south of France.

Novéant – Onville

[fiches 28 and 30] (28A2) FR551

This section of the former Paris - Metz main line has limited service of non-stop trains between Metz and Bar le Duc and a few trains between Metz, Onville, Conflans-Jarny and Verdun.

Lérouville east chord: Commercy (Raccordement Sud) – Onville (Raccordement Est)

(28A2) FR552

Raccordement direct de Toul: Foug (Toul Poste 1, Bifurcation Ligne 1/Racc.) – Domgermain (Toul Poste 1, Bifurcation Raccordement Sud)

(28B2) FR553

FR552 and FR553, together, provide an alternative to FR550 for trains between Metz and the Dijon line. In 2011 this route was scheduled to be used by the following single DB Autozug:

E WO 1354 Düsseldorf Hbf - 19:46 Neu Isenberg - Narbonne [from 29 June only]

Raccordement de Mondelange: Uckange (Bifurcation km 173.439) – Gandrange Amneville (Bifurcation km 343.407)

(18A1) FR554

A link providing through running between Thionville and Conflans Jarny, which may be used by some car-carrier trains from Germany / the Netherlands to the south of France.

Apach – frontier (– Perl [Germany])

[fiche 02] (18A1) FR555

Two weekend round trips; see DB Kursbuch > Kursbuchstreckennummer > 692.

Thionville - Bouzonville - Hargarten-Falck - Béning

(18A1-29B3) FR556

The section of this route between Thionville and Bouzonville has a very sparse service [fiche 03]. The complete route sees occasional engineering diversions.

Bouzonville – Niedaltdorf (Germany)

(18B1) FR557

This line has no regular service but a special shuttle service operates from Dillingen in conjunction with the Good Friday market at Bouzonville - see Germany route DE11/452. Enquire at DB, Dillingen, or check the DB online timetables.

Sarrebourg avoiding line: Sarraltroff – Réding

[fiche 21] (29B2) FR558

Used by trains between Metz and Strasbourg not calling at Sarrebourg.

Woippy – Maizières-lès-Metz (via Woippy-Triage (west side))

[fiche 01] (28B3) FR559

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.

Metz Ville – Woippy (via Contournement de Metz)

[fiche 01] (28B3) FR560

The original Metz - Thionville line provides an alternative route to the west of the current main line of 1908. Trains arrive and depart at the south end of Metz Ville station. In 2004 one round trip was booked this way but later timetables do not match. 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.

Raccordement de Metz Sablon: Peltre – Ars-sur-Moselle

(28B3) FR561

This curve enables non-ICE trains between Germany and France via Saarbrücken to avoid Metz Ville. It is used by the occasional Venezia SL - Praha - Calais Ville [- London Victoria] VSOE trains as between Praha and Paris Est - visit VSOE website for dates and times. In 2011 the DB Autozug trains listed under FR203 were also scheduled via this route.

(Esch sur Alzette [Luxembourg] –) frontier – Audun-le-Tiche

(18A1) FR562

CFL > dépliant ligne 60/AU operate into France over route not linked to French national network.

(Dudelange-Usines [Luxembourg] –) frontier – Volmerange-les-Mines

(18A1) FR563

CFL > dépliant ligne 60/VO operate into France over route not linked to French national network.

(Lasauvage Carreau [Luxembourg] –) frontier – Saulnes

(17B1 - not shown) FR564

Minièresbunn Doihl asbl (MBD) operate a 700mm gauge preserved mining line into France.

Midi-Pyrénées Région

Toulouse Poste 4, Bifurcation de Capdenac – Route de Launaguet – Lalande Eglise

[fiche 15] (71B3, not shown) FR600

Between Toulouse and St. Jory Triage is a reversible single (third) track which is the only means of serving halts at Route de Launaguet, Lalande Eglise and Fenouillet St.Alban, which have no main line platforms; the only trains certain to use this route are those booked to serve these halts - a very limited SSuX local service between Toulouse Matabiau and Fenouillet St.Alban. North of Lalande Eglise, this third line runs parallel and adjacent to the main line but through the area of Route de Launaguet, the third track is displaced both laterally and vertically from the main line.

Nord Pas-de-Calais Région

Calais Fréthun (low level platforms) – Lille Europe (PRCI 51)

(6A2) FR650

A link from the low level (Boulogne line) platforms to the LGV, used by TGV trains (including those local trains which are worked by TGVs - see fiche TERGV Lille-Calais-Boulogne) between Boulogne Ville or Calais Ville and Lille Europe or beyond.

Calais Fréthun (Bifurcation de Riviere Neuve) – Pont de Coulogne (Bifurcation de Coulogne)

[fiche 12] (6A2) FR651

Used by summer "dated" weekend Lille Flandres <==> Boulogne/Wimille-Wimereux trains shown non-stop between Hazebrouck and Wimille-Wimereux (avoiding reversal at Calais Ville station). See the Nord Pas-de-Calais Region website. Note that this route is not used by TGV trains.

As at June 2012 it is used by the following trains:

E1 SSuO 846909 Lille Flandres - 09:01 Hazebrouck - Etaples
E1 SSuO 846919 10:04 Lille Flandres - Boulogne Ville
E1 SSuO 846935 Rang du Fliers - 17:36 Wimille-Wimereux - Lille Flandres

E1: Runs 07, 08, 21, 22 July, 25, 26 August 2012

Dunkerque Ville – Grande Synthe (Poste 5, Bifurcation Vandenbrouck) (via Dunkerque Dunes / Docks)

[fiche 09] (6B2) FR652

This alternative freight route, north of the passenger line, is used when trains are booked to run non-stop but with 17 minute journey time between Dunkerque and Grande Synthe.

Raccordement de Cassel: Lille Europe (PRCI 44 Hondeghem) – Cassel (Bifurcation de Cassel)

(6B2) FR653

Links LGV Nord from Lille to Calais with the line from Hazebrouck to Dunkerque, and is used by TGV services between Dunkerque and Lille Europe.

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)

[fiche 07] (10B3) FR654

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] is used by summer "dated" weekend Jeumont <==> Dunkerque and Hirson <==> Dunkerque trains. See the Nord Pas-de-Calais Region website.

As at June 2012 it is used by the following trains:

E1 SSuO 846926 Hirson - 09:35 St Amand-les-Eaux - Dunkerque
E1 SSuO 846952 19:24 Dunkerque - Hirson

E1: Runs 07, 08, 21, 22 July, 25, 26 August 2012

Lesquin (Bifurcation de Lesquin) – Bifurcation du Mont de Terre – Raccordement de Ronchin – Lille Porte de Douai (Bifurcation de la Justice)

(10B3) FR655

This freight line on the south side of Lille avoids the main station area. Used by summer "dated" weekend Jeumont <==> Dunkerque and Hirson <==> Dunkerque trains. See the Nord Pas-de-Calais Region website.

As at June 2012 it is used by the following trains:

E1 SSuO 846926 Hirson - 09:35 St Amand-les-Eaux - Dunkerque
E1 SSuO 846952 19:24 Dunkerque - Hirson

E1: Runs 07, 08, 21, 22 July, 25, 26 August 2012

Hellemmes (Bifurcation des Ateliers Est) – Raccordement de Lezennes – Bifurcation du Mont de Terre – Bifurcation des Sourds et Mouets – Lille Poste 2

(10B3) FR655A

This freight line on the south side of Lille brings trains from the Tournai line to the Bethune line tracks into the station, avoiding the junctionry at Bifurcation d'Hellemmes and Bifurcation de Fives Sud. As at June 2012 it is used by the following trains:

SSuX IC19974 21:16 Tournai - Lille Flandres
SSuX IC19975 22:17 Lille Flandres - Tournai

Lille Flandres Avoiding Line: La Madeleine (Jonctions du Lion d'Or) – Ronchin (Bifurcation des Sourds et Mouets)

(10B3) FR655B

This freight line links the lines which diverge at the throat of Lille Flandres station. As at June 2012 it is used by the following summer "dated" weekend Dunkerque <==> Jeumont train (see the Nord Pas-de-Calais Region website):

E1 SSuO 46950 18:39 Dunkerque - Jeumont

E1: Runs 07, 08, 21, 22 July, 25, 26 August 2012

Raccordement d'Avion: Pont de Sallaumines (Bifurcation de Sallaumines Ouest) – Avion (Bifurcation d'Avion)

(7A1) FR656

This 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)

(7A1) FR657

This curve avoiding Lens is used for diversions when the Lille - Douai line is blocked and trains are shown with extended journey time.

Arras Raccordement Nord: Arras (Bifurcation 199,6km) – Lille (Bifurcation 161,94km)

(15A3, not shown) FR658

This west-to-north spur, linking Arras station with the LGV Nord-Europe to the north, is used by trains running non-stop between Arras and Lille in ca. 21 mins:

SSuX 43981 06:47 Arras - Lille Europe
SSuX 43991 07:47 Arras - Lille Europe
SSuX 43997 18:18 Arras - Lille Europe
SuX TGV7091 Paris Nord - 21:47 Arras - Lille Europe
D1 SSuX TGV7000 05:51 Lille Flandres - Paris Nord
SSuX 43994 17:21 Lille Europe - Arras
SSuX 43998 18:51 Lille Europe - Arras
D1 SSuX TGV9846 Bruxelles Midi - 20:02 Lille Europe - Paris Nord
D1 SSuX TGV7096 21:51 Lille Flandres - Paris Nord

D1: Various dates; see SNCF timetables for details.

Lourches (Poste 2) – Somain (Poste 3)

(7B1-15B3) FR659

Used by summer "dated" weekend Busigny <==> Calais Ville trains. See the Nord Pas-de-Calais Region website. As at July 2012 it is used by the following trains:

E1 SuO 846945 Busigny - 08:08 Cambrai - Calais Ville
E1 SuO 846960 Calais Ville - 19:23 Douai - Busigny

E1: Runs 25 & 26 August 2012 only

Note: These reverse at Cambrai Ville so do not use the avoiding line there.

On the weekend of the first Sunday in September each year La Braderie de Lille (a giant bric-a-brac market) is held in Lille, and some extra trains run. In 2012, the following used this line:

SO 20490 15.49 Lille Flandres - Cambrai
SO 20492 18.53 Lille Flandres - Cambrai
SO 20494 20.11 Lille Flandres - Cambrai
SuO 20444 20.28 Lille Flandres - Cambrai

Note: the balancing workings run via the direct Cambrai - Douai line.

Prospective users in future years should make local enquiries.

Valenciennes – Beuvrages (Bifurcation Beuvrages Ouest) via the Raccordement de Beuvrages

(7B1) FR659A

During works in August 2012 to reconstruct a bridge of the former Anzin colliery line for a new tram route, trains between Valenciennes and Beuvrages will be diverted (dates and service details yet to be announced) over the goods line via Faisceau de Saint Saulve (the yard north east of Valenciennes) and the Raccordement de Beuvrages, connecting this yard to Beuvrages.

Aulnoye-Aymeries avoiding line: Berlaimont (Bifurcation de Berlaimont) – Leval (Bifurcation de Leval Est)

[fiche 17] (16A3) FR660

This line, which passes to the south of Aulnoye-Aymeries station, is used by all trains between Valenciennes and Hirson or Charleville-Mézières not scheduled to call at Aulnoye-Aymeries. As at June 2012 it is used by the following trains:

 SSuX  841902  Hirson - 06:32 Avesnes - Lille Flanders  
 SSuX  841906  Hirson - 07:34 Avesnes - Lille Flanders  
 SSuX  841913  Lille Flanders - 18:02 Valenciennes - Hirson 
 SSuX  841917  Lille Flanders - 19:02 Valenciennes - Hirson 

E1 SSuO 846926 Hirson - 08:44 Avesnes - Dunkerque E1 SSuO 43791 Arras - 08:58 Le Quesnoy - Fourmies E1 SSuO 846952 Dunkerque - 20:59 Valenciennes - Hirson

E1: Runs 07, 08, 21, 22 July, 25, 26 August 2012

Picardie Région

Amiens avoiding line: Boves (Bifurcation de Longueau Sud) – Lamotte Brebière (Bifurcation de Camon)

(14B2) FR700

Used by non-TGV trains between Lille and beyond and Paris or the Grande Ceinture which are not scheduled to call at Amiens, including the dated overnight Lille <==> Ventimiglia trains and [London Victoria <==>] Calais Ville <==> Venezia SL VSOE trains as between Calais and Paris Est: visit VSOE website for their dates and times.

Barreau de Jussy (Mennessis avoiding line): Jussy (Bifurcation de Jussy) – Montescourt (Bifurcation Flavy-le-Martel)

[fiche 11] (15B2, not shown) FR701

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 – (a) Longueil-Ste.Marie or (b) Le-Meux-Croix-St.Ouen (Bifurcation Rivecourt)

(25B3-15A1) 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 for the following diversions:

  • (a) between Paris and Laon (with reversal at Ormoy-Villers) where extended journey times and bus substitution south of Ormoy-Villers is advertised [fiche 06]
  • (b) between Paris and Compiègne or beyond when shown non-stop with a journey time of circa 52+ minutes (instead of the normal 40 minutes) [fiche 12]

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur [PACA] Région

Raccordement Ouest de Bollène-Lamotte du Rhône: Avignon-TGV (km 581,6) – Bollène-la-Croisière (km 691,8)

(65A2, not shown) FR750

A link giving access between the LGV (in the direction of Avignon-TGV) and Pierrelatte, during engineering work.

Raccordement Est de Bollène-Lamotte du Rhône: Valence-TGV (Lapalud LGV km 578,4) – Bollène-la-Croisière (km 693,5)

(65A2, not shown) FR751

A link giving access between the LGV (in the direction of Valence-TGV) and Orange / Avignon Centre. This has been used regularly by the outward London St.Pancras International to Avignon Centre summer SO through Eurostar train; the return train was not scheduled to use this route.

Raccordement d'Avignon: Sorgues-Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Bifurcation km 739) – Avignon Sud (Bifurcation Poste 1)

(65A1) FR752

Trains between Lyon and Marseille may use this line when diverted via Cavaillon if not scheduled to call at Avignon or Arles.

From 4 to 30 June 2012 the following train is diverted by this route:

17716 Marseille St Charles - 13:40 Miramas - Lyon Part Dieu

Avignon TGV (Bifurcation Km 624,0/624,2) – Manduel-Redessan (Suze SEI71 (Bifurcation Km 5,2))

[fiche 11] (65A1, not shown) FR753

The third side of the Triangle des Angles, west of Avignon TGV station, used by TGV trains (only) between Marseille and Nîmes or beyond.

L'Estaque – Marseille St.Charles (via Marseille Maritime Arenc)

[fiche 07] (75B2) FR754

Local trains (in both directions) between Miramas and Marseille St. Charles via Port de Bouc use this route, with the exception of those timed 9 minutes between Marseille and L'Estaque.

Raccordement des Chartreux: St.Berthelmy – Marseille Blancarde

(75B2) FR755

Used by trains between Miramas and Toulon not scheduled to call at Marseille St.Charles.

Rhône-Alpes Région

Héyrieux – Valence (Grenay PRS44, Bifurcation Lyon)

(57A3) FR800

This west to south curve between the Lyon - Grenoble line and LGV Sud Est is used by TGVs running between Lyon Part Dieu and Valence. These are mainly services between Lille and the south of France (though not all of them), as TGVs from Paris either terminate at Lyon Perrache or run via Saint Exupéry-TGV.

Rhône West Bank (Rive Droite) line: Givors Canal – Nîmes (Poste 1) and branches

(56B, 64B1 & 65A) FR801 [southern portion of line is in Languedoc-Roussillon Région]

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, 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 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.

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
  • (b) Givors Canal – Livron (via St.Péray) Look for St.Péray stops but omitted Vienne stops and 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 Look for St.Péray and Le Teil stops but omitted Vienne stops and still calling at Avignon Centre

On working days Monday to Friday from 2 to 25 May 2012 the following trains are diverted by this route:

SSuX 886183 10:28 Lyon Part Dieu - Avignon Centre
SSuX 886121 12:15 Lyon Part Dieu - Avignon Centre
SSuX 17717 13:19 Lyon Part Dieu - Marseille St Charles
SSuX 17706 Marseille St Charles - 08:29 Avignon Centre - Lyon Part Dieu
SSuX 17704 Marseille St Charles - 10:28 Avignon Centre - Lyon Part Dieu

Note: It seems that some of these trains may again be diverted by this route later in the year, probably in July and August.

  • (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
  • (h) Salaise (St.Rambert d'Albon north junction) – Avignon (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 (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 – Nîmes (Poste 1) (via Remoulins) Look for trains which normally call at Tarascon but where those stops are omitted

On working days Monday to Friday from 1 to 29 June 2012 the following trains are diverted by this route:

SSuX 76404 Cerbère - 08:49 Nîmes - Avignon Centre
SSuX 76406 Cerbère - 09:48 Nîmes - Avignon Centre
SSuX 76414 Perpignan - 13:48 Nîmes - Avignon Centre
SSuX 76418 Cerbère - 15:49 Nîmes - Avignon Centre
SSuX 76424 Perpignan - 18:48 Nîmes - Avignon Centre

Ambérieu avoiding line: Ambronay-Priay – Torcieu

(57A3) FR802

Used by trains between Bourg-en-Bresse and Culoz not scheduled to call at Ambérieu.

Culoz avoiding line: Seyssel-Corbonod – Vions-Chanaz (Bifurcation de Chambéry)

[fiche 51] (57B3) FR803

Used by trains between Bellegarde and Aix-les-Bains not scheduled to call at Culoz.

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 but a recent survey of those lines (other than those already listed above) which - whether on several days in the week or for some seasons of the year - had only a single round trip a day produced the list shown below.

Careful study of the Régional TER fiches is therefore recommended.

Auvergne Région

  • Neussargues - St Chély-d'Apcher
  • Laqueuille - Le Mont-Dore (more in summer)

Bourgogne Région

  • Clamecy - Corbigny

Bretagne Région

  • Morlaix - Roscoff (more in summer)

Centre Région

  • Reignac - Loches

Limousin Région

  • Busseau-sur-Creuse - Felletin

Midi-Pyrénées Région

  • Montréjeau-Gourdan-Polignan - Luchon (more in summer)
  • Rodez - Sévérac-le-Château

Poitou-Charentes Région

  • Bressuire - Chantonnay

Rhône-Alpes Région

  • [Bourg-en-Bresse -] Brion-Montréal-La Cluse - Oyonnax - St.Claude [the only other trains over the Bourg-en-Bresse - Bellegarde line are Paris - Généve TGVs]

Deletions since previous edition

  • FR101: Raccordement de Mohon: engineering diversion not repeated
  • FR104: Onville – Lérouville: normal route for local trains between Metz and Bar le Duc (see Lorraine Région fiche 28)
  • FR152: Collonges-Fontaines – Lyon Perrache (via Lyon Vaise): normal route for local trains for Lyon Perrache (see Rhône-Alpes Région fiche 26)
  • FR153: Collonges-Fontaines – Lyon St.Clair: normal route for local trains for Lyon Part-Dieu (see Rhône-Alpes Région fiche 26)
  • FR202: Raccordement de Vergigny: Brienon – Le Creusot-TGV (Bifurcation de Vergigny); subsidised TGV service ceased.
  • FR451: Sartrouville (Bifurcation de Sartrouville) / Val d'Argenteuil (Bifurcation du Val Notre Dame Ouest) – Argenteuil Poste 5 – Stains [reverse] – Garges- Sarcelles (Bifurcation Pierrefitte Sud): experimental TGV service ceased.
  • FR456: Triangle de Vemars south curve: Villiers le Bel-Gonesse (Triangle de Vemars Bifurcation Sud) – Aéroport Charles de Gaulle TGV (Triangle de Vemars Bifurcation Epiais): experimental TGV service ceased.
  • FR756: (Limone [Italy] –) frontier – Vievola – Breil-sur-Roya – frontier (– Olivetta-San-Michele [Italy]): moved to Border Crossings
  • Other sparse services, Bourgogne Région: Valençay - Luçay-le-Mâle: closed because of condition of track.

See also