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TGV-PSE - 4rail.net High Speed

Welcome to the developing TGV-Paris SudEst trains page. We have collected here all the relevant information related to these infamous train sets of SNCF and SBB, along with dozens of pictures, later hundreds of them. TGV-PSE was the pathfinder for the European super high speed trains segment. It has also been highly successful both technically and in concept.SNCF TGV-PSE near Nissan in southern France
Picture above: A TGV-PSE dashing through the French southern landscape in Nissan. Picture by Focalplane.


  TGV-PSE Technical Details and Development Story...
  TGV-PSE Color Schemes...

SBB TGV-PSE roster pictures: 114 *
SNCF TGV-PSE roster pictures: 02 * 05 * 12 * 15 * 21 * 27 * 41 * 45 * 47 * 95 * 96 * 97 * 116 *






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Technical Info of TGV-PSE

 TGV-PSE (TGV Paris Syd-Est)
TGV unit 001 at Strasbourg, France
  The TGV-PSEs units 96 and 17 here seen at Gare du Nord in Paris France behind their newer cousin Thalys PBKA unit 4306. Picture by Sanna Siissalo 2008.

TGV-PSE at Bellegarde
  A great view to the structure of the articulated TGV trailers on this TGV-PSE unit number 47 at Bellegarde France. Notice the faded "TGV 25 Ans " (years) logo on the nose of the train. In France the super high speed period has lasted already third of a century, over 30 years! Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007.

TGV PSE unit 95 Paris Gare du Nord
  TGV-PSE unit 95 at Paris Gare du Nord in summer 2009. Picture by Robert Forsstrom.

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 15 in Grenoble, France
  TGV-PSE unit 15 seen at its destination from Paris in Grenoble, France. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.
  An unknown TGV-PSE unit dashing past Nissan oppidum (the village center) in southern France. In front of it the train will enter the local tunnel in 10 seconds. Picture by Focalplane.SNCF TGV-PSE near Nissan in southern France

TGV PSE double unit on line in it's original colors
  An SNCF TGV-PSE double unit in it's original colors somewhere in France.

 

The 109 built TGV-PSE (Paris-Sud-Est = Paris to South East) units were the very first production type of the Alstom TGVs. They were also the train that started the infamous TGV saga we know today. The 92 units of the initial order were originally painted bright orange / blue / red livery and were only painted to current SNCF super high speed gray and blue around year 2000 when the units were refurbished. Most of these units will soon again be refurbished and rebuilt for another 10 - 15 years in daily service. The TGV-PSE truly is a proof of concept that these trains are both durable and safe!
 An orange TGV-PSE unit
  Picture: An orange-blue-white colored double TGC-PSE unit on line in 1987. Picture by Pekka Siiskonen 1987. 

 TGV-PSE Usage
The first generation TGV-trains were first used for super high speed traffic from 1981 between Paris and Lyon in France. While the super high speed line was used between these two major French cities, the trains' routes radiated much further. The travel time between Paris and Lyon was slashed from 6 hours to 2 hours so all the routes that could use TGV and this first high speed line benefited from the novelty.

Nowadays the TGV-PSE units can be found most anywhere on the French networks and some Swiss, Italian and Spanish direction destinations.

The TGV-PSE units are all still in active use after 3 decades of work. On the way they have received a number of improvements and alterations. The first units are currently in process of receiving the third refurbishment and some a new Carmillion paint scheme.

Running the TGV-PSE in Switzerland: The swiss 15kV 16,66 Hz AC system can't provide enough power for the 1st generation TGV's electrical system to run at their maximum speed and thus the speed is reduced to around 200 km/h. As a careful observer, you may notice that this means the French older 1500V DC system is insufficient for higher speed needs as well. However, the 1500V in France is only used around bigger cities and traditional lines with no capability to super high speed (>280 km/h) operations. All the super high speed LGV's (Lignes à Grande Vitesse) are equipped with the newer 25kV 50-60 Hz AC.
 



 TGV-PSE Technology      
After decades of intense research many technical details were still conservative on these production vehicles. I.e. traditional DC traction motors were used and the suspension system for passenger trailers was originally provided with !springs! instead of the later used air cushioning. Tried and traditional was also the choice to use locomotive at both ends of the train instead of the Shinkansen style power distribution. Partly this was probably made on safety concerns. The TGV's have since proven to be the safest high speed trains. The heavy locomotives plow anything away from the rails if necessary and the articulated articulated trailer structure prevents the train from zigzagging which would always be fatal to the passengers.   

The TGV-PSEs have served well and were the needed important first step for the success of the French super high speed trains. The TGV-PSE units were rebuilt around year 2000 and repainted to the current SNCF blue-silver-gray high speed colors. Rebuilding also meant upgrading the speed  to the 300 km/h / 186 mph (from the original 270 km/h / 168 mph) for most units after the TVM430 train control system was added instead the older TVM300. Being a great success as the production super high speed train almost all of the TGV-PSE's are still in their original revenue earning use around France and neighboring countries. The third refurbishing is currently under way and will bring a new non-TGV-like Carmillion coloring to the units as well as new modern interiors for coaches.


Technical details for TGV-PSE
-> Builders: a consortium of Alst(h)om, Francorail-MTE and De Dietrich
-> Type: TGV-Paris Sud-Est, virtual EMU
-> Delivered to use: April 1978 - 1986
-> Units 01- 102 are bivoltage: 25kV 50 Hz + 1500V DC
-> Units 110-118 are trivoltage: 25kV 50 Hz + 15kV 16,7 Hz AC
+ 1500V DC
-> Number of units: 109 units unlike the numbers which
would suggest 111 units, more info below on notes
-> Most units have gone through Renovation 1 and 2, where the trains were rebuilt to almost new condition. From 2012 first units were started with internal renovation 3. The seats will be modernized during this phase and new "Carmillion" color added to outside.

-> Configuration: Power car (Bo'Bo') + Powered trailer (Bo'2') + 6 interconnected trailers (2'2') + Powered trailer (2'Bo') + Power car (Bo'Bo') = Bo'Bo'+Bo'2'2'2'2'2'2'2'Bo'+Bo'Bo' with interconnected trailer modules sharing bogies.
After Renovation 2: power Car + powered trailer 1st class (32) + trailer 1st class (38) + trailer 2nd class (52) + trailer restaurant (16) + trailer 2nd class (52) + trailer 2nd class (52) + trailer 2nd class (52) + powered trailer 2nd class (52) + power car
-> Capacity: 350 (Rn1)/345 (Rn2) passengers in two class configuration
Renovation 1: 110 1st class and 240 2nd class passengers
Renovation 2: 69 1st class and 276 2nd class passengers
Renovation 3:

All units:
-> ventilation and climate control
-> Operated by SNCF, SBB/CFF, La Poste (French Postal Services),
-> operations area: Around the high speed and traditional networks inside France and the tricurrent versions also in Switzerland (TGV-Lyria branding), some used for journeys to Italy as well.

-> Operational max. speed: originally 270 km/h (168 mph) with TVM300, now 300 km/h (186 mph) on units equipped with TVM430 train control system
-> Unit length: 200,2 meters
-> Unit power: 6450 kW (8646 Hp), 6 powered bogies (12 axles)
on 25kV: 6450 kW (8646 Hp)
on 1500V: 3100 kW (4215 Hp)
on 15kV: 2800 kW (3807 Hp)

-> Power to weight ratio (Hp): 22,46 / 16,7 W/kg (quite powerful)

-> Train control system: most units upgraded to TVM 430, some left with TVM 300
-> Mass, metric tons: bicurrent 385 t / 418 t gross, tricurrent 390 t / ?
-> Wheel diameter: 920 mm
-> Axle weight 17 tons

-> Scharffenberg automatic couplers behind the nose cone doors


Easy recognition guide

Colors:
-> SNCF: blue and gray for most units,
--- after renovation 3 "Carmillion" coloring (the newest colors for SNCF trains).
-> postal services units are yellow
-> special stickers and vinyls might appear on paint schemes from time to time.

Appearance:
-> the forehead is significantly more boxy looking than on the Reseau/Atlantique models, which otherwise look at first quite similar.
-> Above the driver roof and the body of the locomotive there is an easily noticeable step. This can not be found otherwise at first look similar TGV-A / TGV-R.
> The first bogies of the coaches are powered (unlike in the following evolution versions).

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 45 stopping at Nice Ville, France
  TGV-PSE unit 45 is bathing in the sunlight on the French Riviera at Nice. Dozens of TGV trains seem to make here an intermediate stop during the day, some ending or starting there. Picture by John McKey.

SNCF TGV-PSE unit in old colors, France
  Another look to the TGV-PSE locomotive in its original colors. Picture by Pekka Siiskonen.


Snails on rails
  Snails on rails? Turn your head or see the next picture...for the snail logo turned around! Pictures by John McKey.
TGV on rails

SNCF TGV unit 021 at Nice Ville, France
    A smiley at Nice Ville on French riviera. Sometimes the parts that are borrowed from another units stock are not quite of the right colors...making the train all more interesting looking. Pictures by John McKey.
SNCF TGV unit 021 at Nice Ville, France

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 41 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France
   This TGV-PSE front shows well all the most typical spotting features, forehead spoiler, pointed nose, number and the painting. Picture from Gare de Lyon, Paris by John McKey.

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 02 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France
   SNCF is actively remodeling its services every now and then. The fleet of TGV-PSE is also now in the process of being refurbished internally. Externally it is receiving a new Carmillion color scheme also found on most recent coloring of other rolling stock. In the pictures the TGV-PSE units 27 and 02 sport the colors. Pictures here by Ilkka Siissalo. SNCF TGV-PSE unit 02 and TGV-POS unit 4411 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France
SNCF TGV-PSE unit 27 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France
SNCF TGV-PSE unit 27 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France



Notes on SNCF TGV-Paris Sud-Est Trains


Unit incidents, happenings and changes
-> TGV-PSE unit 04 (among the first) received a new "Carmillion" color scheme at Romilly without internal refurbishing in the early 2012. See details of color below.
-> TGV-PSE units 05 and 15 were on the first batch in 2012 to receive in and out "Renovation 3" level rebuilding at d'Hellemmes in Lille, France. Outside the trains blue is now replaced by dark green with narrow red stripes. The hoods of the units are painted dark green with narrow red stripes on sides and lower levels now painted white almost to the end of locos. SNCF calls this color scheme "Carmillion". Inside the units now have the latest design chairs and tables and the train looks more roomy and comfortable. The buffet car has also been refurbished along with other trailers.
-> TGV-PSE Unit 16 set the 1981 speed record of 380 km/h and has a plate commemorating this. See our High Speed Records Page for details...
-> TGV-PSE Unit 38 was converted to a third La Poste TGV set in 1993/1994/1995 (depending on the source of the information ;) forming 2 half units. (MB)
-> TGV-PSE unit 40 (among the first) received a new "Carmillion" color scheme at Romilly without internal refurbishing in the early 2012.
-> TGV-PSE Unit 46 hit a truck with the huge concrete mixer stuck on the level crossing near the Swiss border late 2007. The train speed just before the accident was fortunately just 100 km/h (65 mph). Although the truck driver was killed (as the truck was torn apart), the engineer and some passengers were 'just' injured in a huge collision. The TGV unit 46 suffered major damage on its forward locomotive and the whole unit derailed. As with previous derailments, the TGV safety features prevented any major accident from happening (the train stayed aligned in spite of derailment and the locomotives collision structure protected the engineer). At first it was thought that SNCF could borrow the locomotive from La Poste's vacant half unit to get the unit running again, but later it was reported that the unit 46 was towed very slowly for repairs or storage. One of the alternatives is that this would be the first cargo TGV-unit or the third La Poste unit, as it is unsure whether repairs will cost so much (TGV-PSE's are at the end of their life cycle with just 10-15 years remaining in active duty) that it would be wiser to order new TGV-Dasye, AGV or similar unit instead. March 2009 SNCF unveiled plans to repair this unit too as a part of the TGV-PSE rebuilding program. However, as of 2012 this unit was still not part of the roster and it is doubtful if it ever will be again due to the much more technically advanced (and more productive) newer TGVs being available.
-> TGV-PSE Unit 60 was involved in the accident in Dijon at the end of year 2006. It is back in the roster.
-> TGV-PSE Unit 70 hit a special road transport of 80 tons at the level crossing in Voiron and was severely damaged in 1988. The engineer and one passenger died as a result (only casualties in the era of the TGVs). Power car and 3 trailers were destroyed and the rest of the train was used as a spare. (MB) This unit was never repaired.
-> TGV-PSE Unit 88 was used for TGV-Atlantique testing and later renumbered as TGV-PSE Unit 118 (so the number 88 is missing from the roster).
-> TGV-PSE Unit 99 newer existed!
-> TGV-PSE unit 101 was for years (from 1997 to 2000) used as a test lab for the tilting technology as a TGV P-01. After the extensive tests were completed in the middle of the year 2000 the unit 101 was returned back to normal service without the tilting capacity. Tilting tests were started with Fiat Ferroviaria tilting mechanics but later replaced by (the French said more robust, advanced and cheaper) Alstoms own tilting technology. Interestingly this technology is said also to be used in the most recent Pendolino units. Alstom also acquired Fiat Ferroviaria years ago so some of the issues might be solved that way now. The tested tilting technology was most likely used first time on the Amtrak Acela tilting TGV like units in the Northeastern U.S.A. from 2004. The TGV-PSE does not carry name of a city or area, like all the sister trains.
-> TGV-PSE Units 112 and 114 are in Swiss SBB/CFF ownership since 1993 and 2005 as a part of TGV-Lyria fleet. These trains carry SBB CFF FFS red letters on their sides.

-> TGV Lyria (France to Switzerland) TGV-PSE trivoltage units 110 to 118 are most likely first to be taken out of active service, when newer units will vacate and rotate to replace them. But these units might as well end up serving smaller high speed routes after renovation 3 and Carmillion paint. These units also need to receive TVM-430 to replace their TVM-300 and be able to run 300 km/h (186 mph).
-> There is one spare locomotive, number 23119, to replace one of the active fleet locos when need arises. Each TGV unit has a powerful locomotive at both ends of the train, also serving as an additional safety structure.


Future
-> The SNCF unveiled plans in march 2009 to rebuild the complete line of 107 TGV-PSEs to match today's needs. No details on the program were published, but the price was estimated to be 150 million euros. SNCF expected the original TGV manufacturer Alstom, German super high speed manufacturer Siemens AG and the large international railroad rolling stock manufacturer Bombardier among 2 others to take part in the competition for the deal. By 2012 plans had changed. The opening of the new high speed rail routes (like LGV Rhin-Rhone) needed more and more units travelling between other cities besides just Paris. The refurbishing started by SNCF itself at its Romilly and Lille plants. The units will receive "Carmillion" color scheme: Outside the trains blue is now replaced by dark green with narrow red stripes. The hoods of the units are painted dark green with narrow red stripes on sides and lower levels now painted white almost to the end of locos. Inside the units now have the latest slightly curved design chairs and tables and the train looks more roomy and comfortable.


History
-> La Poste (the French National Postal Services) has 2,5 TGV-PSE units for its express mail services. These units have not been cleared for 300km/h operations like the all the SNCF TGV-PSEs were after the refurbishing. Maximum speed for TGV La Poste is 270 km/h (168 mph), still quite sufficient for the parcel and freight operations and suitable for beating the airlines in the distances of under 1000 kilometers!
-> All SNCF TGV-PSEs were refurbished outwardly ("renovation 2") around the year 2000 and most inside too. The infamous orange-white-blue livery was painted silver-gray-blue and interiors of the trailers were upgraded. Also some standardization on the seating schemes were made. The maximum speed was raised from 270 km/h to 300 km/h matching that of the newer Atlantique and Réseau units and the standard minimum speed for the French super high speed lines, the LGVs. These will be changed during the renovation 3 by upgrading the TVM300 train control to TVM430.
-> We forecasted years ago that the future of the TGV-PSE units is in the "quieter" routes and new markets to give room to more spacious double decked TGV-Duplex, TGV-Hybrid and TGV-Dasye units. Or some of the unit might be adapted to fast freight use if the market for that is found "interesting". The TGV Manufacturer Alstom has had plans for the super fast freight units for decades. Now it seems like this is how thing might be turning out if one of the parcel freight operators makes a good enough offer.
-> The TGV units (mostly TGV-PSE) trafficking to Switzerland from France are called with the brand name "TGV Lyria". The TGV Lyria stop in Switzerland at: Basel, Zurich, Sargans, Landquart, Chur, Pontarlier, Neuchatel, Bern, Vallorbe, Lausanne, Montreaux, Aigle, Martigny, Sion, Siders, Leuk, Visp, Brig and Geneva (end of 2008 information from TGV Lyria). Some of the Lyria TGV units are owned by the Swiss SBB/CFF.

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 47 "TGV 25 years" sticker, Bellegarde, France  TGV-PSE unit 47 at Bellegarde, France. The unit is celebrating the gone "TGV 25 years" on the sticker under the cab windows. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

TGV-PSE original livery
TGV-PSE in its original attractive orange-blue-white livery. Picture in Lyon, France by Pekka Siiskonen 1983.

TGV-PSE original livery
A pair of TGV-PSE units dashing on the LGV high speed line between Paris and Lyon in 1987. Picture by Pekka Siiskonen.

Panning camera view to original TVG-PSE noses
The panning of the camera shows an interesting view on the automatic couplers of the orange colored TGV-PSE units. Picture by Pekka Siiskonen.

Inside the original TGV-PSE second class, France
Inside the second class of the brand new TGV-PSE trailer. Looks quite ascetic compared to today's interiors. Picture by Pekka Siiskonen 1983.

Newer TGV-Duplex meets older TGV-PSE, Gare de Lyon, Paris, France
The newer meets the old, the age of the original TGV design shows well in this picture. The TGV Duplex on the left unit number 208 and a TGV-PSE on the right.

 

TGV-PSE Naming
Each unit also has a name and a coat of arms on the sides of the end coaches. The 5 digit numbers are carried by the locomotives and can be found in small letters on the nose near the unit number.

Note: these names will disappear with the latest Carmillion colored rebuilding program.

Unit 01: 23001/2, Cannes
Unit 02: 23003/4, Marseille
Unit 03: 23005/6, Belfort
Unit 04: 23007/8, Rambouillet

Unit 06: 23011/12, Frasne
...
Unit 27: 23053/54, Mâcon
...
Unit 31: 23061/62, Combs-la-Ville
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Unit 34: 23067/68, Dunkerque
Unit 35: 23069/70, Grenoble
Unit 36: 23071/72,
Seine Saint-Denis


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Unit 40: 23079/80, Versailles
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Unit 52: 23103/4, Geneve
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Unit 57: 23113/4, Bourg-en-Presse
Unit 58: 23115/6, Oullins
Unit 59: 23117/8, Hautmont
Unit 60: 23091/120, Langéac
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Unit 69: 23137/8, Vichy
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Unit 112: 33005/6, Lausanne (Swi)
Unit 114: 33009/10, Cluses (Swi)
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TGV-PSE Roster Pictures

 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 02
SNCF TGV-PSE unit 02 and TGV-POS unit 4411 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France

TGV-PSE unit 02 (a prototype unit) is seen freshly after the second refurbishment at Gare de Lyon in Paris, France. The train now wears the modern and attractive Carmillion color scheme.

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 

 

 

 

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 41 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France SNCF TGV-PSE units 27 and 02 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France
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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 05
SNCF TGV-PSE unit 05 at Gere de Lyon, France

TGV-PSE unit 05 is seen here in 2002 at Gare de Lyon station in Paris.

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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 12
SNCF TGV-PSE unit 12 at Gere de Lyon, France

Recently repainted TGV-PSE unit 12 has just arrived from its destination to Paris Gare de Lyon station.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

 

 

   
   
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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 15
SNCF TGV-PSE unit 15 in Grenoble, France

TGV-PSE unit 15 seen at its destination from Paris in Grenoble, France. The first foothills of the mighty Alps are showing in the background.

Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo.

 

 

 

 

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 15 in Grenoble, France SNCF TGV-PSE unit 15 in Grenoble, France
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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 21
SNCF TGV unit 021 at Nice Ville, France

A smiley at Nice Ville on French riviera! Sometimes the parts that are borrowed from another units stock are not quite of the right colors...making the train all more interesting looking. Here they were fitted from the 600 series train locomotive to TGV-PSE loco.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 27

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 02 at Paris Gare de Lyon, FranceSNCF TGV-PSE unit 27 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France

TGV PSE unit 27 with the new colors is quite a mean looking train. Carmillion colors of white-red-dark green-gray create a strong contrast on the exterior. The interiors are most of the time refurbished simultaneously more traditionally with the latest SNCF style seatings.

Here the train is seen midday at Paris Gare de Lyon, also the place where the high speed traffic of France started in early 1980s.

Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo.

 



SNCF TGV-PSE units 27 and 02 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France

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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 41
SNCF TGV-PSE unit 41 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France

TGV PSE unit 41 nose is showing from between the ranks of the TGV trains late in the evening of the Paris Gare de Lyon. This is the station where trains first dash to and from the LGV-PSE, the first high speed line built in France. The capacity is saturating today, but late evening services are quite ok to run even on this older single story TGV type.

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SNCF TGV-PSE unit 45 stopping at Nice Ville, France

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 45 is bathing here in the late afternoon sun of the French Riviera in Nice, Southern France. Having been battered with flying objects and insects and then washed with train washing machines clean for decades it now looks like this paint scheme would need refurbishing. And the unit will probably be painted to Carmillion colors.

Picture by John McKey.

 

 

 

 

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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 47
TGV-PSE at Bellegarde

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 47 seen curving neatly in Bellegarde near the Franco-Swiss border line.

This is also a unit celebrating 25 years of super fast traffic in France with the sticker on the nose.

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 

 

 

 

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 47 "TGV 25 years" sticker, Bellegarde, France  
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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 95
TGV PSE unit 95 Paris Gare du Nord

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 95 at Paris Gare du Nord in summer 2009. The red TGV unit at the background is a PBA locomotive of the Thalys TGV fleet.

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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 96
TGV unit 001 at Strasbourg, France

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 96 is nosing here at Gare du Nord, Paris with a Thalys PBKA number 4306 and sister TGV-PSE unit 17.

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 SNCF TGV-PSE unit 97
SNCF TGV-PSE unit 97 at Paris Gare du Nord, France

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 97 seen parked next to cousin Eurostar Capitals unit. The location here is under magnificent train shed of Gare du Nord in Paris, France.

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 SBB TGV-PSE unit 114
SNCF TGV-PSE unit 114 at Paris Gare de Lyon, France

SBB TGV-PSE number 114 operated by TGV Lyria service is seen here at the French destination of its international route. The new section of Gare de Lyon station in Paris, France serves many Lyria TGV trains during the day as the traffic to Switzerland due to significant high speed line additions is now booming.

The TGV-PSE units will be retired form active service here being replaced by TGV-POS and TGV-2N2 types.

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SNCF TGV-PSE unit 116 nose, Paris Gare de Lyon, France

SNCF TGV-PSE unit 116 nose is showing here behind the newer TGV units. notice the nose and roof modules that show well from this angle. Also the spoiler under the windshields that prevents direct hits by animals and flying debris is well seen.

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