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

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Obscure Services

Sablé-sur-Sarthe Triangle

[ERT 280 & 287, fiche Ligne 28] (ERA 27B2; 45C4) FR20/680

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 to south curve (Raccordement de Sablé-sur-Sarthe) enables TGVs to run between Paris and Angers. 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 west to south curve (Virgule de Sablé-sur-Sarthe: Laval (SEI 75 Auvers) - Sablé-sur-Sarthe) enables TER trains to run between Rennes and Nantes via Laval and Angers.

Redon avoiding line: Severac – Avessac

[ERT 287, fiche FH04 Rennes Redon Nantes] (ERA 27B1; 43A4) FR250

This curve is used by those trains between Nantes and Rennes scheduled to call at neither Redon nor Angers St. Laud.

(The town of Redon is in Bretagne, but the avoiding line is on the opposite bank of the River Vilaine in Pays de Loire).

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