Boulogne–Calais railway

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Boulogne-Calais railway
Calais gare cpa faisceauvoies.jpg
Calais railway station in about 1910
LocaleFrance Nord-Pas-de-Calais
TerminiGare de Calais-Ville
Gare de Boulogne-Ville
Number of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification25 kV 50 Hz[1]
Route map
Line to Amiens
253.5 Boulogne-Ville
254.9 Boulogne-Tintelleries
259.5 Wimille-Wimereux
270.0 Marquise-Rinxent
273.2 Le Haut-Banc
278.3 Caffiers
282.3 Pihen
LGV Nord to Lille-Europe
286.9 Calais-Fréthun
289.5 Fréthun
Eurotunnel Calais Terminal
Channel Tunnel
293.0 Les Fontinettes
294.6 Calais-Ville
297.3 Calais-Maritime
Line to Dunkirk
Line to Lille Flandres

The Boulogne–Calais railway is an electrified double track railway running between the ports of Boulogne-sur-Mer and Calais in France. An extension of the Longueau–Boulogne railway it meets the Lille–Fontinettes railway and Coudekerque-Branche–Fontinettes railway to Dunkirk at Gare des Fontinettes in Calais.

The line opened on 7 January 1867 with railway stations at Wimille, Marquise, Caffiers and St Pierre. It was used only for local traffic between Boulogne and Calais until that March when the Paris to Calais trains were diverted, cutting 30 minutes off the Paris to London mail route.[2]

Until the start of the Eurostar service from London to Paris in 1994 via LGV Nord it was the main route for the boat trains to Paris which met the ships carrying passengers from Great Britain. As of August 2011 the line is used by TGV services from Rang-du-Fliers via Calais-Fréthun to Lille-Europe and local TER Nord-Pas-de-Calais services.[3]


  1. ^ "RFF - Map of electrified railway lines" (PDF).
  2. ^ "The Opening of the new railway between Boulogne and Calais". The Railway News. 12 January 1867. p. 33. archive
  3. ^ Paris-Amiens-Calais-Hazebrouck-Lille timetable (in French)

Coordinates: 50°48′06″N 1°42′59″E / 50.8016°N 1.7163°E / 50.8016; 1.7163