Border Crossings: France - Italy

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Modane SNCF - Bardonecchia FS (- Torino)

[E*] FS works to Modane, with locomotives operating at reduced power under SNCF 1500V catenary. There are plans for FS locomotives to work freight to and from St Jean de Maurienne, and both SNCF and FS have acquired dual-voltage or multi-system locomotives for use on freight between Lyon and Torino. Multi-system TGVs operate between Paris and Milano which since 15 June 2002 had been the only cross border passenger services, but Trenitalia reintroduced limited local services, initially at weekends only in Autumn 2017, and high-speed services between Milano and Paris from 18 December 2021.

The Maurienne Valley line from Chambery to Modane was closed by a landslide at La Praz cliff, on 27 August 2023, stopping traffic through the Frejus Tunnel from Lyon to Turin/Torino. Work to clear the rubble, inspect and assess the damage before effecting repairs is now expected to take until the end of 2024. Meanwhile SNCF Voyageurs is to introduce a bespoke daily return service from the 10 January 2024, operating a TGV from Paris and Lyon to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. From here passengers will be transferred by coach to Oulx on the Italian side, and reboard a train to Turin/Torino and Milan/Milano.

(Breil-sur-Roya -) Vievola SNCF - Limone FS (- Cuneo)

[D] FS works through between (Ventimiglia -) Breil-sur-Roya and Cuneo. Although FS diesel railcars ALn663.1195-1204 are fitted with SNCF VACMA signalling equipment for operation to Nice, FS services no longer run there. Although the line is in France, there are few SNCF workings between Breil-sur-Roya and Tende, and none north thereof.

Breil-sur-Roya SNCF - Olivetta S Michele FS (- Ventimiglia)

[D] FS works to Breil-sur-Roya.

(Nice -) Menton-Garavan SNCF - Ventimiglia FS

[E*] SNCF works to Ventimiglia. The line from Marseille is electrified at 25kV 50Hz, but Ventimiglia station itself is 1500V dc. This system can be used by both the SNCF dual-system locomotives that operate in the area and FS 3kV dc stock.

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