France (Auvergne Rhône Alpes) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Obscure 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 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.

See the next entry for a map.

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'.

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D1 FSSuX 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

Raccordement de Montmélian

[ERT Not shown] (ERA-E 32B3; ERA-R 76A2) FR24/456

This south to east curve allows trains from Grenoble to avoid Montmélian and proceed directly towards Bourg-Saint-Maurice or Modane. The curve has been used in the 2023-24 winter sports season (now ended) by a OUIGO train pair. It seems likely that the trains will run again in 2024-25. Similar trains routed via Grenoble may also use the Raccordement.

D1 OGV 7891 10:42 Paris Gare de Lyon – 13:56 Grenoble – Bourg-Saint-Maurice
D1 OGV 7894 17:30 Bourg-Saint-Maurice 18:50 Albertville - Paris Gare de Lyon

Note D1: During winter sports season

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.

There are diversions by two routes in the period 12 April to 12 July 2024

Vienne – Salaise - St Péray - La Voulte-sur-Rhône – Livron – Valence Ville

TER886143 21:20 Lyon Part Dieu – 21:54 Le Péage-de-Roussillon – Valence Ville

SSuX 13 May to 12 July 2024, but probably not 20 June when the routing is unclear.

TER886145 21:58 Lyon Part Dieu – 22:33 Le Péage-de-Roussillon – Valence Ville

8 and 9 May 2024

Valence Ville - Saint-Rambert-d'Albon – Givors Canal – Lyon Part Dieu

TER886140 - Valence Ville 21:47 - 22:17 Saint-Rambert-d'Albon - Lyon Part Dieu

FO 12 April to 10 May and 7 and 8 May 2024

Additionally, the full length of the West Bank appears to be available from 3 to 21 June 2024, with stops at St.Peray and Le Teil only

D1 SSuX TER 886180 12:15 Avignon Centre - Lyon Part Dieu
D1 SSuX TER 886173 10:20 Lyon Part Dieu - Avignon Centre
D1 SSuX TER 17703 12:02 Lyon Part Dieu - Avignon Centre
D1 SSuX TER 886179 13:20 Lyon Part Dieu - Avignon Centre

Note D1: 3 to 21 June 2024

See also