A full-size model of a part of a TET series train, designed for intercity transportation on regular, not high-speed, lines of the National Society of Railways of France (SNCF), has been presented in France. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to zdmira.


Following a tender in September 2019, SNCF chose the Spanish company CAF as the supplier of 28 electric trains worth 700 million euros. They are designed for speeds up to 200 km/h and should gradually replace locomotive-hauled trains of Corail railcars by 2026. Named Oxygène by SNCF, the trains will be equipped with Mitsubishi Electric traction converters. Another 100 million euros were allocated by the French government for the construction of four depots to service new trains.

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In addition, the state and SNCF Réseau, the operator of the railway infrastructure, are investing almost 3 billion euros to upgrade the infrastructure of the Paris-Limoges-Toulouse and Paris-Clermont-Ferrand lines. More than 500 million euros are directed to finance measures related to increasing the speed of movement on these lines, and 26 million to strengthen traction substations.

The new trains have 420 seats (including 103 seats in first class). Barrier-free access is provided along the entire length of the train for passengers in wheelchairs. It will be possible to reserve places for transporting up to 10 bicycles in multifunctional areas (with the possibility of recharging electric bicycles). The salons will provide a high level of comfort typical of modern passenger rolling stock: comfortable adjustable seats with leg supports, tables, individual reading lamps, Wi-Fi, electrical and USB sockets, and video surveillance.

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