I choose the Grenoble system to do as my first venture
outside North America because it is the only system I have spent anytime
riding and photographing, way back in 2002 as part of a three week business
trip which included Toulouse and Aix-en-Provence. Even though I was
close, I never made it to Lyon or Marseille, darn-it. I did manage to
get chased by a tower operator in Toulouse, and narrowly missed getting
hauled in by the police while taking pictures on a viaduct in
Aix-en-Provence (scenes from the movie The
Transporter come to mind :-)
TAG stands for: Transports de l'agglomération grenobloise, which is the transportation authority for Grenoble. The system comprises 5 tram, or light rail lines,
149 bus lines, and a regional rail service, TER - all serving 49 communities around Grenoble. The Wikipedia page says there are 8 stations for TER, but on the TAG map PDF, only four are shown, hence,
only four show up on my map.
From Railway-Technology: Grenoble, the capital city of the Isère département in the Rhône-Alpes region in France, had a tram service until 1952. Like many French systems, it went out of existence due to
the high cost for required renewals when compared to bus replacements, being perceived as an outmoded form of transport. When asked in 1983 whether they would like a modern tramway, voters were only narrowly
in its favour.
Grenoble opened its first tramway in 1987 with an 8.8km (5.5 mile) line between Fontaine La Poya and Grand Place. With the opening of Line D in October 2007, the system had grown to four lines with a
combined length of 34.2km (21.4 miles).
The Grenoble network is widely seen as an excellent example of marrying modern technology with sympathetic urban renewal.
It has won particular praise for providing far greater access and independent travel for those with impaired mobility through pioneering use of level access to low floor vehicles.
Grenoble celebrated the opening of the initial 4.8km section of light rail Line E on June 28th, 2014, with a music festival and two days of free travel across the network. The first phase of Line E runs from
an interchange with Line A at Louise Michel in Grenoble city centre to Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux Town Hall and has eight stations, including a park-and-ride station at Casamaures-Village.
Grenoble inaugurated the second phase of light rail Line E on July 13th, 2015 with the launch of commercial services on the 6.7km extension from Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux Town Hall to Saint Égrève and Fontanil
Cornillion. The 10-station extension takes the total length of Line E to 11.5km and is expected to boost ridership on the north-south line to nearly 45,000 passengers per day, with trams operating at
six-minute headways at peak times.
SNCF has a line that comes through, but it does not have the high high speed
TGV service running on it. For that, you need to go almost all the way
to Lyon by way of A48 and A43, to Grenay. On the south side of
the station, the right-of-way leaves/enters town on a built up stone
viaduct, making photos darn near impossible. The Grenoble yard is on
the north side of the station, but access is extremely limited, and I
wouldn't take a chance, especially if you don't speak French.
The light rail has a nice stop right in front of the main station.
Parking is (was) so-so, and a little further north of the station, there was
ample parking, don't know if it is still around or not. For signal
fans, the SNCF used to use white/purple dwarf signals to control shunting
moves in the yard - don't know if they still do or not.
The picture below is at the main train station, where it does a 180 degree loop.
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an
expert. I do these pages because I love spending my time doing them -
although I do a reasonable amount of research to make sure the information
presented is accurate! :-) :-)
Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides
are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those
of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my
indexa page has a list of
almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to
help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has
been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this
railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in,
oooooooops, oh well! :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a
thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only
get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take
along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still
better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts
out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their
state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em,
I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and
concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where
tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.
Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
BTW, floobydust is
a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data
book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels
inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have
something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info
Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as
being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.