Location / Name:
the Eurostar Train
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: n/a
Postal Code: n/a
Access to the train/transit in: London / Waterloo Station: -- London Underground Subway - Bakerloo, Jubilee, and Northern
London / St Pancras International Station: -- London Underground Subway:
Paris / Gare du Nord: -- SNCF - TGV service, Thalys
-- Métro - La Chapelle Station - 4 and 5 Lines
-- RER - Magenta Station - B and D Lines
Brussels: Midi/Zuid station: --
-- Métro -
If you're traveling from London to Paris by train, you will be using a train called the
Eurostar. It goes between the St Pancras International station in London to
Gare du Nord in Paris, and takes 2 hours and 16 minutes. A
standard train ticket from London to France starts around $74.
Eurostar is an international high-speed rail service connecting the United Kingdom with France,
Belgium and the Netherlands. Most Eurostar trains travel through the Channel Tunnel between the
United Kingdom and France, which is owned and operated separately by Getlink.
The London terminus is St Pancras International; the other British calling points are
Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International in Kent. Intermediate
stations in France are Calais-Fréthun and Lille-Europe, with trains to Paris terminating at
Gare du Nord. Trains to Belgium and the Netherlands serve Midi/Zuid station in Brussels
and Rotterdam Centraal, before terminating at Amsterdam Centraal. Additionally, in
France there are direct services from London to Disneyland Paris and seasonal direct
services to southern France (Lyon, Avignon and Marseille) in summer, and to the
French Alps in winter.
In Paris, Gare du Nord platforms 3 to 6 serve the Eurostar train.
Although the headquarters for Eurostar is in London, the U.K. sold their 40%
stake in the organization to a variety of investment firms. The SNCF in France has a 55% stake, and the
National Railway Company of Belgium has a 5% share. Eurostar is operated by Eurostar International Limited (EIL).
Eurostar e320, a fourth-generation train of the Siemens Velaro family, started commercial operations
in late 2015. The interoperable high-speed train will run on the London-Paris-Brussels line,
traversing the Eurotunnel between the UK and mainland Europe. It was officially unveiled at
St Pancras International station, London, in November 2014.
Siemens is the general contractor for the project while Pininfarina has been assigned to
design both the interiors and external livery and perform similar works to revamp the
existing trains in Eurostar’s fleet.
Orders for the Eurostar e320 high-speed train - Eurostar was created as a single and
unified corporate entity owned by SNCF, SNCB and LCR in September 2010. In December,
a £700m (approximately $1,076bn) investment to add ten new e320 trains to its fleet
and carry out a complete upgrade of its existing 28 trains. It further decided during
the e320 unveiling ceremony to add seven additional e320 trains to its fleet, which
will increase the overall investment in the project to £1bn (approximately $1.5bn)
and the number of new e320 trains to 17.
Financing for the Eurostar e320 project - The European Investment Bank (EIB) along
with seven other international banks, with KfW IPEX-Bank acting as the Mandated
Lead Arranger, is providing approximately €270m (approximately $307m) for the Eurostar e320 project.
Eurostar e320 high-speed train design - With a traction power of 16,000kW, Eurostar e320 can
reach a maximum operating speed of 320km/h (200mph). It is provided with eight identical and
independent traction converter units and 64 axles, of which 32 are driven. Its traction system
is designed to operate on 25kV AC and 1.5kV / 3kV DC voltage systems.
It is capable of carrying more than 900 passengers as a result of the 20% capacity boost given
to it, compared to the existing 28 Eurostar trains which carry 750 passengers. The entire
propulsion system and technical modules are distributed under the floor over the entire length
of the train, providing more space for passengers. The train’s roof is equipped with eight
pantographs for dealing with Europe’s different power systems and contact line types.
Eurostar e320 is equipped with a regenerative braking system, a rheostatic brake system,
and a pneumatic brake system. It is also fitted with special fire extinguishing equipment
and fireproof doors and is designed to be operable for 30min under its own power to exit
a tunnel in the event of a fire.
It is the longest train in the Velaro family and has an overall length of 400m, which is
10m longer than Eurostar’s existing trains. The train features 16 cars, with Business
Premier and Standard Premier coaches located at the ends.
Signalling, control and train protection systems - The train’s signalling, control and
train protection systems include a Transmission Voie-Machine (TVM) signalling system,
Contrôle de Vitesse par Balises (KVB) train protection system, Transmission Beacon
Locomotive (TBL) train protection system, Runback Protection System (RPS), European
Train Control System (ETCS), Automatic train protection (ATP) system, Reactor Protection
System (RPS) and Sibas 32 train control system.
Amenities - The e320 is Wi-Fi accessible throughout and has a portal providing vital
information such as live news, weather and destination guides. Onboard flat-screens
are installed on all the cars and entrance areas, and seat reservation displays using
OLED technology to provide easy finding of seats. Each of the ergonomically designed
reclining seats is provided with a power socket, flexible reading lamp, a sliding
dining table and more luggage areas. Four spaces are provided for wheelchair passengers.
Energy-efficiency features of the Eurostar e320 - The end car of the train features a
high roof, which improves the sonic boom during movement through tunnels, ad-running
resistance, and reduces exterior noise. Roof-mounted pantographs and air-conditioning
units reduce the energy demand. The spoiler, nose and front section of the train are
aerodynamically optimized. The electric brake system of the Velaro is also energy-
efficient as the surplus braking energy is fed back into the power grid, resulting
in 10% energy savings and a reduction in mechanical wear.
Contractors involved with the development of Eurostar e320 - Nomad Digital has been
contracted to supply onboard Wi-Fi connectivity and state-of-the-art infotainment
facilities for the new trains. Corys will supply a replica desk simulator of the
new train in September 2015 to train the drivers of the new units.
Photographers as noted Ben Brooksbank
Open Railway Map
St Pancras Station took over the role as the British end of Eurostar on November 14th,
ending service to Waterloo that started on xxx. To coincide with the
new honor, the name of the station was changed to St Pancras
St Pancras is at the southern end of the London Borough of Camden on a site orientated
north–south, deeper than it is wide. The south is bounded by Euston Road (part of the
London Inner Ring Road), and its frontage is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, while
the west is bounded by Midland Road which separates it from the British Library and
the east by Pancras Road which separates it from King's Cross station.
The station was constructed by the Midland Railway (MR), which had an extensive
network across the Midlands and the North of England, but no dedicated line into
London. After rail traffic problems following the 1862 International Exhibition,
the MR decided to build a connection from Bedford to London with their own terminus.
Local services began running to the Metropolitan Railway junction underneath the
terminus on 13 July 1868. The station itself opened to the public on 1 October.
The first service was an overnight mail train from Leeds.
Here are some of the key dates for St Pancras
June 23, 2012, photo by Wiki user Colin
1984, photo by Martin Addison
Resting Between Duties 45102 and 45103 wait in St Pancras station. A crew is in
the cab of 45102, so she will probably be away soon. The beauty of William
Barlow's magnificent trainshed is evident. Fittingly for the Midland Railway's
London terminus, it was constructed by the Derbyshire based Butterley company
in 1868. At the time of its completion it was the largest single span structure
in the world.
1957, photo by Ben Brooksbank
Inside St Pancras Station, 53 years ago. View southward, to buffer-stops on
Platform 3. The 10:50 express to Leicester is waiting for me to join it, with
BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 (with Caprotti valve-gear) No. 73142.
May 1, 1941, Bomb damage
Illustrated London News, February 15, 1868
St Pancras train shed under construction, engraved for the Illustrated London News, from a viewpoint just south of the churchyard. The timber scaffolding
will shortly move forward to allow work to begin on the next of the arches, the stubs
of which are already in place. The giant half-buried pipe carries the Fleet sewer.
Here's a few pictures I came across from EBay listings - 3 from the
construction days, 3 from the early 1900's:
18 Rue de Dunkerque, 75010 Paris, France
Gare du Nord is close to the CBD of Paris, it is only a few blocks away from
another great station, Gare de l'Est. To the north of Gare du Nord,
are a couple of huge yards. For you Americans out there contemplating
a trip to Paris, keep in mind that the French are not as used to railfans as
people are here in the states - this comes from spending three weeks in
France back in 2002 for business, we were in Toulouse, Grenoble, and Aix en
Here you can see the yards adjacent to both Gare du Nord and Gare de L'Est.
The station is Bruxelles Midi in French, Brussel Zuid in Flemish,
Brussels South Station in English - it's all the same place.
Brussels Midi is the main hub station used by all mainline trains serving
Brussels including Eurostar to London, Thalys to Paris, Amsterdam & Cologne,
German Railways ICEs to Cologne & Frankfurt, Intercity trains to Luxembourg
and Belgian domestic trains to Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp & so on.
Brussels Midi originally opened as a terminus in 1869. Brussels Nord was
also a terminus. In 1952, the 3.8km Jonction Nord-Midi line opened through
the centre of Brussels linking Nord, Central & Midi. This turned Nord & Midi
into through stations and enabled Brussels Midi to become the main hub for all
trains serving Brussels.
There are 22 platforms, numbered from northwest to southeast.
The tracks run on a viaduct above ground level, there are escalators & stairs to the concourse at street level below.
Eurostar uses platforms 1 & 2 on the northwest side of the station, or platforms 3 & 4 if running to or from Amsterdam.
To board a Eurostar train, you must check in at the Channel Terminal.
Thalys trains to and from Paris, Rotterdam, Amsterdam & Cologne use platforms 3, 4, 5 or 6.
ICE trains to and from Cologne & Frankfurt also use platforms 3, 4, 5 or 6.
Belgian domestic trains to Bruges & Ghent leave from platforms 9-16.
InterCity (IC) trains to Rotterdam, Den Haag and Amsterdam leave from platforms 12-19.
In the movie Mission: Impossible (1996), Tom Cruise stars as Ethan
Hunt in one of his Mission Impossible series. The movie features a
long scene where Jean Reno was flying a helicopter following the train in
order to get one of the bad
guys off the train. The only problem with the premise, obviously, is
the catenary which was CGI'ed out.
Here is a list of the train related issues with the movie:
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