The TGV Rolling Stock—Its Evolution and Capabilities

by Henri Rollet, GEC Alsthom, Tour Neptune, France,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


The TGV has achieved a revolution in passenger rail service in France and in Europe. The subject of this paper is the TGV rolling stock, the distribution between three generations, the main technical evolutions between them and the main characteristics of the rolling stock. As of July 1992, 495 TGV trainsets were ordered of which 226 are in commercial operation. The first TGV trainset (TGV-PSE) intended for the connection between Paris and the south-east of France was delivered in July 1978. The second TGV line, the Atlantic TGV, serves the western part of France from Paris. The first set was delivered in 1988; therefore, a ten-year period elapsed between the two generations of rolling stock. Significant evolution of rolling stock is achieved when changing from one generation to another.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Railroad trains | Rapid transit systems | Passengers | Benefit cost ratios | Maintenance and operation | Europe | France | Paris

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