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France and Railroads
The French RR Main Page is a great place to start browsing railroading in France.
The French RR Gallery has hundreds of pictures of the french railroad high speed and all other aspects.
Trains, Trams, Undergrounds keep the Paris Metropolitan area daily living on track!
information on French
France is one of the three great railroading nations in Europe (the other being Germany and Russia). The volumes of rail transportation are huge, so you can find numerous rolling stock types in France.
On one subject the French are number one over all other European nations: the super high speed railroading! There is no match to over 500 TGV units mainly trafficing in France and the high speed networks of the country exceed 2000 kilometers and are expanding further. Speeds of up to 340 km/h have been reported on everyday traffic. All these make the country an important player in high speed rairoading arena.
TGV & AGV Super High Speed Page
High Speed Lines Page
Organizating the French Railroading
France has been very nationalistic in railroading. Still most of the rolling stock and systems. However, with European Union opening the competition everything is changing, however slowly. On the freight side there are already several operators and more entering the arena. The new competitors have been extremely successful in winning the tranportation and creating new rail transport. With passenger traffic the SNCF still has almost practical monopoly along with the regions operators. DB runs now to Paris from Koln Germany and Trenitalia is going to start connections between Italy and Paris.
French Railroad Organizations
Rolling Stock of France
There is a breathtaking variety of rolling stock types and their coloring. Next we will take a look at around 30 locomotive and Z and X train types (these are EMUs).
TGV Trains Roster Page
| Paris Area
Île-de-France - the Greater Paris area - has an interesting traffic patterns, with numerous metro types, some now over 100 years old, some new, many going under ground, others elevated above streets, high speed high capacity RER trains connecting Paris with its suburbs, over ground outside the city center and diving deep into the ground in the center, local trains and super high speed trains the city of more than 10 million people can function relatively well. Some capacity limitations exist especailly with RER lines, but these are being fixed within the next years. There is even the great circle line around Paris in teh drawing boards and some already built. To add to these many Paris old stations add to the railfans excitement.
The Paris Area - Île-de-France - Main Page
The local train types of Paris (RER & SNCF)
The high speed train types in Paris
The metro train types of Paris and metro history
The great stations of Paris
Pictures of Paris, Louveciennes and Versailles
| Gallery for
Why not see some of the pictures from France found on the 4rail.net and pick the ones you are most interested in? To help browsing we divided the gallery into linked categories within the page.
French Gallery Main Page
Stock in France
French railroad history is full of strive for better solutions! Even the high speed development started several decades before the first TGV trains made their maiden voyage. We will also take alook at the Mulhouse railroad museum with treasures of French railroading.
Vintage Rolling Stock on Gallery Page
French Maintenance of the Way
MOW Equipment on Gallery Page