GPS Coordinates: as needed
Access by train/transit:
All over the place! :-)
This page is just an introduction to the intercity trains that serve Paris.
The SNCF is France's equivalent to Amtrak, it stands for: Société Nationale des
Chemins de fer Français. Founded in 1938, it operates the country's national
rail traffic along with Monaco, including the TGV, on France's high-speed rail
network. Its functions include operation of railway services for passengers and
freight, and maintenance and signaling of rail infrastructure. The railway
network consists of about 35,000 km (22,000 mi) of route, of which 2,600 km
(1,600 mi) are high-speed lines and 14,500 km (9,000 mi) electrified. About
14,000 trains are operated daily.
As mentioned above, the SNCF was founded in 1938 with the
merger/consolidation of the following railways:
TGV High-Speed Service:
The SNCF operates a system of high speed intercity trains, called the TGV,
or Train à Grande Vitesse (high-speed train). The TGV opened to the public
between Paris and Lyon on 27SEP1981. The TGV was the world's third
commercial standard gauge high-speed train service, after Japan's Shinkansen,
which connected Tokyo and Osaka on 1OCT1964, and Britain's InterCity 125
on main lines such as the East Coast Main Line, which entered service in 1976.
I have a separate page for the TGV's.
Open Railway Map
Whenever you go to a "foreign" line, you need to be able to read the signals in order to know what
is going on. Although French signals loosely follow their American counterparts, there are still
many differences that demand your attention. Here is a quick rundown from the
If you love trains, who has NOT seen the movie THE TRAIN? Although the
movie itself itself takes place during WWII, it was filmed in 1964, after
the SNCF was formed. SNCF feeling a financial crunch at the time, saw
an opportunity when they wanted to "remove" the Gargenville rail yard, and let the
movie producers blow up the rail yard during the filming - something that
worked out for both parties.
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while
trying to help others.
Please Note: 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 :-)
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.
Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
By the way, 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! Please be NICE!!! Contact info is here
Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly inaccurate, wrong, or not true.