France (Nouvelle Aquitaine) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Obscure Services

Raccordement de Port de Piles: north of Châtellerault

[ERT 300] (ERA 27C3 not shown correctly 18 I 10 ) FR20/51

This provides a link from the LGV SEA for TGVs serving Châtellerault as well as Poitiers. It probably came into service at the end of 2017. Usage by the two trains shown, which are the only ones non-stop between Paris and Châtellerault, has been confirmed on the real time train location website. It is not certain if TGVs calling at St Pierre des Corps and Châtellerault use the LGV and this connection or remain on the old main line.

SX TGV8489 17:10 Paris Montparnasse - Châtellerault - Bordeaux St Jean
FSSuX TGV8344 Poitiers - 17:35 Châtellerault - Paris Montparnasse

Raccordement Juillé and Raccordement Villognon (north of Angoulême)

[ERT 300] (ERA 28B3, not shown correctly - see this schematic plan instead) FR725

These two links north of Angoulême between LGV SEA and the 'classic' line, which came into service 2 July 2017 are about 7.25km apart but function as a single grade separated junction. They are normally used by TGVs serving Angoulême.

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

(ERA 28C2 not shown ) FR20/50

An east to south curve linking the high level (Angoulême) and low level (Saintes) lines. In the past this curve was used by late evening trains southbound to Bordeaux and by early morning and late evening ones northbound from Bordeaux. This pattern probably still applies but details of individual trains are no longer available to the compilers.

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Raccordement de la Grave.jpg


The following train has used this route in previous years, unfortunately the real time train location website has not assisted in this example due to a lack of information on the alternative routes.

SSuX 865021 Angoulême - 13:33 Libourne - Bordeaux St Jean

The compilers would greatly appreciate details of trains that currently use this route.

Hendaye - Irun (Spain)

[ERT 689] FR20/52

There have been no standard gauge passenger trains from Hendaye to Irún since December 2017. The only cross-border services are broad gauge trains. See Spain route Hendaye (France) – Irún (standard/broad gauge) for details and train timings

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