SNCF TGV La Poste

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TGV La Poste
TGV postal at the Technicentre Sud Est Européen.
TGV postal at the Technicentre Sud Est Européen, Paris.
Manufacturer GEC-Alsthom
Family name TGV
Entered service 1984
Number built 2,5
Number in service 3 (including 1 converted from SNCF TGV Sud-Est trainset no. 38) + ½ spare set
Formation 10 cars (2 power cars, 8 postal cars)
Operator La Poste
Specifications
Train length 200 m
Width 2.904 m (9 ft 6.3 in)
Maximum speed 270 km/h (168 mph)
Power output 6,800 kW (9,100 hp) @ 25 kV
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC
1500 V DC
Catenary
Current collection method Pantograph
Safety system(s) TVM 300/TVM 430
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The SNCF TGV La Poste (TGV-Postes) trains were built by Alstom between 1978–1986. These TGV units are essentially TGV Sud-Est trainsets that are modified for transporting mail for the French postal carrier La Poste. The top speed is 270 km/h (168 mph), making them the fastest freight trains in the world.

5 half-trainsets were built, numbered 1-5. A further two, numbered 6 and 7, were converted from former TGV-SE trainset no. 38. Each half-trainset consists of a power car and four intermediate-trailers.

Services[edit]

Since 2009, La Poste has reduced services from 8 to 6 daily round trips.[1]

On 21 March 2012 a demonstration freight train ran to London St Pancras International.[2]

In June 2014, La Poste announced plans to shift mail services from TGV to swap bodies.[3]

Fleet details[edit]

Class Number in service Year built Operator Current units Notes
Series 923000 2.5 (5 half-sets) 1981 La Poste P1-P5
1 (2 half-sets) 1984 P6-P7 Rebuilt from PSE set

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