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border lines Switzerland - France

Swiss border lines
Switzerland - France
Switzerland - Italy
Switzerland - Austria
Switzerland - Germany

French border lines (incomplete)
France - Great Britain
France - Belgium
France - Luxembourg
France - Germany
France - Switzerland
France - Italy
France - Spain
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map of Swisse network
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border-stations in Basel region

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 Basel - St Louis (Haut Rhin) [- Mulhouse] (electrified)
Bay platforms at the west end of » Basel (named Basel SNCF) are used by SNCF trains terminating or starting at Basel. These bays are electrified at 25kV only.
The west ("French") end of the adjacent through platform is switchable, with a light display indicating '15' or '25' as appropriate. The SNCF platforms are accessed via buildings where frontier checks are undertaken.
Dual-frequency multiple-units work local trains running through between Mulhouse and Pratteln. EC-trains between France and Switzerland are shunted between the two parts of the station by SBB dual-frequency shunting locomotives, while the international TGV POS services are capable to operate in Switzerland.
Freight trains between France and goods yards in Basel are hauled by SNCF dual-frequency locomotives.

operator used stock
SBB/CFF/FFS NPZ (RBDe 562 000 - 005, S-Bahn services to Mulhouse)
5 dual-voltage shunters SBB Ee 3/3 II (ex-SNCF CC) are based at Basel, TGV POS (4401)
SBB/CFF/FFS Cargo 843 (to Swiss harbour St. Johann)
SNCF 115000, 426000, TGV POS (4401)
SNCF Fret 437000 (to Muttenz and Buchs AG at the Austrian border)
ECR class 66 (to Muttenz)
thanks to Didier Bachelard and Patrick Therrillion (last update: July 2008)

SNCF 20206 passing Basel SBB
entry to Basel SNCF
various railway companies at Basel SBB
SNCF 437 passing Basel St. Johann
BB 15063 at Bâsel St-Johann

Neuer Personenzug in France
EC 'Vauban'
EC 'Vauban'
mixed freight train next to Mulhouse
freight train next to Mulhouse
various impressions, taken at Basel SBB, Basel St. Johann and next to Mulhouse
©Marc Striffeler, Daniel Wipf and Alan Reekie

 [Basel -] Flüh - Leymen [- Rodersdorf] (electrified)
 [Basel -] Leymen - Rodersdorf (electrified)
Metre gauge. The Baselland Transport tram route to Rodersdorf passes through France, where there is one stop at Leymen. Trams run on reserved track at this point, the line originally having been a railway, the Birsigtalbahn.

international tram line
international tram line
international tram line
international tram line
Impressions taken at the rural section of BLT tramway line 10
© Bernd Winter

 [Delémont -] Boncourt - Delle [- Belfort] (electrified on Swiss side)
CFF used to work to Delle, but the passenger service was cut back to Boncourt on 1. June 1996.
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Ferrovi-Est - de Belfort à Delle
The through passenger trains between Delémont and Belfort had been withdrawn previously in 1992 by SNCF, leaving no service north of Boncourt. There is no freight traffic and the line has closed.
As a first step towards the reopening of services Biel/Bienne to Boncourt in correspondence to the inauguration of LGV Rhin-Rhone, CFF works RegioExpress trains to Delle again since December 2006.

operator used stock
SBB/CFF/FFS formerly Re4/4 II (to Delle only)
SNCF formerly CC72000 (to Delle only)
thanks to Luc Favre and Alexandre Frauenknecht (last update: December 2006)

Ae 6/6 is going to replace CC72047
heading one of the last intl. trains.
© O. Wileczelek

The penultimate service to Delle was
worked by a CFF 'colibri' on 26. May 1995.
© O. Wileczelek

 [La Chaux-de-Fonds -] Le Locle - Morteau [- Besançon]
SNCF works to La Chaux-de-Fons and provides the only passenger train service at Le Locle - Le Col-des-Roches, despite this being a CFF station. CFF merely operates freight trains to Le Col-des-Roches, mainly wood. SNCF at La Chaux-du-Fonds
SNCF X73000 at La Chaux-du-Fonds
©2003 Geoff Fischer

operator used stock
SBB/CFF/FFS Ae 6/6, Re 6/6 and Re 4/4 II in double-traction
Tm IV hauled in train between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Col-des-Roches
SNCF X73000
thanks to Geoff Fischer and Francis Daetwyler
(last update: May 2007)

 [Neuchâtel -] Les Verrières - La Cluse et Mijoux [- Pontarlier] (electrified)
The only cross-border passenger trains are multi-system TGVs running between Paris and cities in Switzerland. Working in double-traction to French village Frasne, all of these run as single units non-stop between Pontarlier and Neuchâtel. Any other trains are worked by CFF or BLS to and from Pontarlier.

operator used stock
BLS ???
SNCF TGV PSE 110-118 "Ligne de Coeur"

 [Lausanne -] Vallorbe - Les Tavins [- Frasne] (electrified)
All daytime cross-border passenger trains are multi-system TGVs running between Paris and Lausanne. Overnight and freight trains are worked by SNCF to Vallorbe where tracks can be fed at 25kV 50Hz or 15kV 16.7Hz.

operator used stock
SNCF TGV PSE 110-118 "Ligne de Coeur"

 [Genève -] La Plaine - Pougny-Chancy [- Bellegarde] (electrified)
This line is electrified at 1500V DC and signalled to SNCF standards from the border to both Geneva's central passenger station (Cornavin) and La Praille goods depot. CFF operates a frequent local service known as the "RER" between Genève and Bellegarde, using specially-built 1500V rolling stock. Separate tracks, parallel with the 1500V DC tracks, are used by the CFF trains that terminate at Genève Aéroport.
SNCF trains use their own platforms at Genève, and passengers pass through frontier controls to reach or leave these. Most passenger trains from France terminate at Genève, though there a small number of through night trains.
Electrification at 25 kV 50 Hz of the more direct route between Bellegarde and Bourg-en-Bresse, including restoration of the disused line between Bellegarde and La Cluse, should cut the time taken by TGVs between Genève and Paris by about 25 minutes from 2007.
RER service at Genève Cornavin
RER terminus in Genève Cornavin
©Daniel Wipf

operator used stock
SBB/CFF/FFS quadruple-voltage Ee 934 55x in Genève;
4 Bem 550 (1,5kV DC and diesel) for local operation Geneve
SNCF TGV, Thalys, ???

TGV passing La Plaine
TGV unit 074 at La Plaine
©Marc Striffeler
Z2 19615 at La Paine
EMUs of class Z2 at La Plaine
©Marc Striffeler

 Genève Eaux Vives - Ambilly [- Annemasse] (electrified)
This is part of the SNCF system and operated by SNCF throughout using dual-frequency rolling stock, though the branch itself is electrified at 25kV 50Hz. There is no freight traffic. Frontier checks are normally carried out on the train. This is part of the SNCF system and operated by SNCF throughout using dual-frequency rolling stock, though the branch itself is electrified at 25kV 50Hz. There is no freight traffic. Frontier checks are normally carried out on the train.
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extension of Cornavin - Annemasse

operator used stock
SNCF ???

 [Bouveret -] St Gingolph (Suisse) - St Gingolph [- Evian-les-Bains] (electrified)
This line was used by freight and by a summer-only tourist service; however no traffic has run since 1999 due to the poor condition of the track. CFF runs a limited passenger train service to St Gingolph (Suisse)

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 [Martigny MC -] Le Chatelard Frontière - Vallorcine [- Chamonix] (electrified)
This is a metre-gauge line, electrified at 750V DC third rail on the SNCF line from St Gervais-les-Bains to Le Chatelard Frontiere and at 750V DC, mixed overhead and third-rail, on the Martigny-Chatelard line from Le Chatelard Frontier to Martigny.
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Train du Mont-Blanc, vallée de Chamonix

Until conversion of the MC to overhead was completed in 1997, this was the only international railway to be electrified with conductor rails both sides of the border. Both MC and SNCF have recently acquired new trains capable of running through between the two systems. Previously the two railways´ motor coaches were incompatible and through working was possible only by trailer vehicles.

operator used stock
SNCF Z 8000, Z 600

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