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Track laying on the new high speed passenger line between Paris and Strasbourg started on the "trace" of the LGV  on November 02, 2004 from the initial base at St Hilaire-au-Temple in the Champagne region of France. The majority of the trains used to carry ballast  are hauled by British Class 56 and Class 58 locomotives hired in from E.W.S. by Fertis, a subsidiary of VFLI. which is itself a subsidiary of SNCF. The track maintenance companies Seco-Rail and TSO also work out of the yard at St Hilaire-au-Temple and each has four Class 58 locomotives painted in their own liveries (Orange and Yellow respectively).

The line moves a further 600 metres a day  towards Strasbourg, five days per week. The site at St Hilaire-au-Temple is due to start running down in June 2005 and a new base will open up at Pagny-sur-Moselle for continuation of the line towards Strasbourg. In the west a new base will open up at Ocquerre.  

Two visits have been made to the area in March and April 2005 to record the scene plus a visit to Pagny in April 2006

56078 and 56117 head a train dropping ballast near Brizeaux on April 21, 2005. 58046 is on the rear

56087 at Brizeaux on the same day

New page April 30, 2006  :  Pagny

Updated page April 30, 2005  :  Class 58 (2)

New pages April 26, 2005  :   First Light     56087     56087 (2)     56087 (3)     Ballasting     Ballasting (2)    Class 58     Class 58 (2)      St Hilaire (2)     Engineering     Class 56

    Contact Sheet     Contact (2)

New page March 29, 2005  :  St Hilaire-au-Temple

New pages March 25, 2005  :  Fertis Locos    Fertis (2)     Fertis (3)     Fertis (4)     Seco-Rail     TSO

Page last updated : Sunday, 30 April 2006 20:23

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