December 12, 2016

First TGV Océane trains enter service

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THE first Alstom TGV 2N2 Euroduplex Atlantique trains for France’s Sud Europ Atlantique high-speed line entered commercial service on December 11, when French secretary of state for transport Mr Alain Vidalies and Mrs Florence Parly, executive director of Voyages SNCF welcomed passengers aboard the first service, the 09.28 Paris Montparnasse - Toulouse Matabiau.

The fleet of 40 dual-voltage (25kV 50Hz ac/1.5kV dc) double-deck trains - dubbed TGV Océane by SNCF - were ordered in March 2012 using a €1.2bn option from a contract awarded to Alstom in 2007.

Seventeen TGV Océane will be in service by the time the 302km Tours - Bordeaux high-speed line opens on July 2 2017 and the remainder of the fleet is due to be delivered by the end of 2019.

The TGV Océane features a new exterior livery, which reflects towns and cities in the regions of Occitanie and Nouvelle Aquitaine.

Further details of the new trains can be found here.


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