SNCF has begun the renewal of some of France’s oldest intercity trains.
The national operator brought the first new Coradia Liner V160 train into service earlier today. Built by Alstom, the first train has been deployed between Paris, Troyes and Belfort.
Alstom is building 34 of the trains, which are based on the Coradia Polyvalent design, for SNCF in total. The €350 million order was signed in 2013 and includes a mixture of electric and bi-mode trains to replace the ageing fleet of Corail passenger cars.
The first train is a 110-metre, bi-mode unit.
Altogether, 19 trains will be introduced into service on the Paris-Troyes-Belfort line between now and August. The remaining 15 vehicles will serve passengers on the Nantes – Lyon and Nantes – Bordeaux lines.