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Rail-net Euro Tour 2005
Sunday, 21st August, 2005

After and offer I couldn't refuse... 'Wanna come grid bashing in France?' plans were made and hotels booked and warning triangles purchased, maps consulted...

Many thanks must go to the following for providing help and information to Brian and I before the trip to France:

Craig Adamson
Kim Fullbrook
Ian Furness
Les Pitcher
Members of the French Trains Forum

France - Day 1

So the nice French people want to add a new high speed railway line [Ligne Grande Vitesse] to their network. This one will run from Paris in the west to Strasbourg in the east.

On this map it is the dotted line

With EWS supplying 'surplus' locos to the construction companies of Fertis, Seco and TSO the work has convinced many a British Enthusiast that a trip abroad is well worth while.

There is an excellent French language webiste - LGV - EST about the construction. So, with no idea where to find the work sites it was just a case of driving around and seeing what we could turn up.

Monday, 22nd August, 2005
France - Day 2

Find more trains....

Off to explore the eastern end of the line and then back..

Tuesday, 23rd August, 2005
France - Day 3

Go for the sun....

With plenty of shots in the bag Brian and I decided to have a more casual look around the St Hillaire locale. Concentrating on one train parked up.

Wednesday, 24th August, 2005
Scotland - Day 1

Never having done the Kyle line in day light a recon mission was needed to establish if some shots were still available. So the best way from Glasgow to Kyle first thing in the morning is obviously via Crianlarich to get the sleeper

Friday, 26th August, 2005
Scotland - Day 2

Having failed to make it last year the CFPS had another go at getting 40145 to Kyle. A slightly different route to get there and at least this time it was during day light hours!

Saturday, 27th August, 2005
Scotland - Day 3

So having done the 40 to Kyle the day before, time for a re-run.. With the SRPS and a pair of EWS 37s. The weather was not on our side during this day tho.

Sunday, 28th August, 2005

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