Collonges-Fort-l'Écluse – Divonne-les-Bains line

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Collonges-Fort-l'Écluse – Divonne-les-Bains
Gare collonges with train.jpg
Start of the line seen from Collonges - Fort l'Ecluse. The daily waste disposal train is approaching from the Chevry terminus.
Type freight
System SNCF
Locale France (Rhône-Alpes)
Termini Collonges-Fort l'Ecluse jct
Opened 1899
Owner RFF
Operator(s) SNCF
Line length 38 km (24 mi)
Number of tracks Single track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map
Lyon–Geneva railway from Lyon
142.544 Collonges - Fort-l’Écluse 356 m
Lyon–Geneva railway to Geneva
143.152 Viaduc d’Almogne
144.039 Tunnel des Iles (152 m)
145.125 Pont du Grand Echaud
145.321 Tunnel du Grand Echaud (259 m)
146.000 Paradis
150.010 PéronFarges 512 m
150.862 Pont de l’Anna (77 m)
153.430 Sous-Peyron
155.016 Saint-Jean-de-Gonville 499 m
156.740 Fénières 479 m
158.072 Thoiry 471 m
159.428 Allemogne 469 m
161.539 SergySaint-Genis 456 m
164.815 Flies
165.724 Chevry 488 m
169.156 Échenevex 529 m
171.487 Cessy
172.326 Gex 589 m
Pitegny 530 m
177.414 Grilly 515 m
179.434 Arbère 492 m
183.647 Divonne-les-Bains 471 m
French-Swiss Border
to Nyon

The Collonges-Fort-l'Écluse – Divonne-les-Bains railway is a French railway line linking the Lyon-Geneva Railway from a junction near Collonges to Divonne-les-Bains. It crosses the whole of the region called the 'Pays de Gex' and is 38 km long. It used to continue through to Nyon in Switzerland.

It is line number 891 000 of the French rail network.


The line was opened 1 June 1899, and extended to Nyon in Switzerland in 1904. In the sixties, there were four services per day using 'Picasso' diesel railcars. The last passenger train ran on 31 May 1980. Since then, the passenger service has been replaced by a TER bus service from Bellegarde-sur-Valserine to Divonne-les-Bains. The only traffic on the line is a twice weekly household waste train from Chevry to the SIDEFAGE incinerator south of Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. Motive power for these trains was initially BB 67000 class diesel locomotives, but today they have been replaced by BB 75000s. Beyond Gex, the bridge over the Route nationale 5 has been dismantled, limiting traffic to Gex. The line is not operable beyond Chevry,

Use of the line for tourist trains has been mooted in the past. In May 2009, an association for the promotion of rail services in the Pays de Gex was formed to promote the inclusion of the line into the future Rhône Express Regional.[1] There have been plans to reactivate the line for passenger traffic and to integrate it into the Geneva suburban rail system.[2]

On April 28, 2014, it was announced that the line was to close for good.[3]

Although the Nyon-Divonne line was private it was operated by CFF until 1962. The service was replaced by a bus thereafter.[4]




  • Indicateur CHAIX summer 1967, page 563
  • Connaissances du Rail no. 119, December 1990

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