France (Auvergne Rhône Alpes) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services
Racc de St.Germain-des-Fossés
[ERT 328, fiche 06 Lyon - Clermond-Ferrand] (ERA-E 32A1; ERA-R 75A4) FR24/451
The line from Lyon via Roanne makes a triangular junction with the Paris to Clermont-Ferrand main line south of St.Germain-des-Fossés station. The south-facing curve is used by TER services between Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand via Vichy.
St.Germain-des-Fossés - Roanne
[ERT 290, fiche 06 Lyon - Clermont-Ferrand] (ERA-E 32A1; ERA-R 75A4) FR24/452
This east to north curve is used by Intercités trains between Lyon and St Germain-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.
|IC4502||Lyon Perrache - 10:42 Roanne - Nantes|
|IC4504||Lyon Perrache - 13:41 Roanne - Nantes|
|IC4506||Lyon Perrache - 16:51 Roanne - Nantes|
|IC4402||Nantes - 11:27 St Germain-des-Fossés - Lyon Perrache|
|IC4404||Nantes - 16:42 St Germain-des-Fossés - Lyon Perrache|
|IC4406||Nantes - 19:40 St Germain-des-Fossés - Lyon Perrache|
Ambérieu avoiding line: Ambronay-Priay – Torcieu
[ERT 341] (ERA-E 32B3; ERA-R 75C3) FR24/453
Used by TGVs between Bourg-en-Bresse and Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard. Services between Paris and Chambéry not calling at Aix-les-Bains-le-Revard can be expected to run via Lyon St Exupéry and not use this route.
Culoz avoiding line: Seyssel-Corbonod – Vions-Chanaz (Bifurcation de Chambéry
[ERT 364, fiche 51 Chambéry - Genève] (ERA-E 32B3; ERA-R 76A3) FR24/454
Used by trains between Bellegarde and Aix-les-Bains-Le Revard not scheduled to call at Culoz.
Culoz Platform C to Bellegarde line
[ERT 364, fiche 51 Chambéry - Genève] (ERA-E 32B3; ERA-R 76A3) FR24/455
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 using an 'inside curve'.
|FSSuX||D1||TER 96646||Genève-Cornavin - 17:12 Bellegarde - Grenoble|
|TER 96648||Genève-Cornavin - 19:11 Bellegarde - Grenoble|
|SSuX||TER 96601||Grenoble - 06:09 Aix-les-Bains-Le Revard - Genève-Cornavin|
Note D1:- From 5 February 2024
Lines used on an occasional basis for engineering work diversions
Rhône West Bank (Rive Droite) line: Givors Canal – Nîmes (Poste 1) and branches
[the southern portion of this line is in Occitanie region]
[fiche 05] (ERA-E 32B2-33A2; ERA-R 75C2-79B4) FR24/471
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.
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A local passenger service between Avignon Centre and Pont St Esprit (between Avignon and Le Teil) started on 29 August 2022, following an opening event and special services on 28 August.
The line is used fairly regularly by passenger trains diverted for engineering work, although few passenger trains run the full length of the West Bank line. Diverted trains may call at St.Péray and/or Le Teil on the West Bank line, instead of Valence and Montélimar, respectively. It is often possible to deduce diversions from St.Péray and Le Teil stops and from omission of regular stops on the main line.
See Villeneuve-lès-Avignon – Remoulins - Nîmes for any use of the Villeneuve-lès-Avignon – Remoulins - Nîmes line.
For such diversions, readers should check by means of the TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes website, fiche 05 and its associated engineering work notices.