Ligne de Cerdagne

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Ligne de Cerdagne
Pont gisclar 082004.jpg
The unusual rail suspension bridge at Pont Gisclard between Sauto and Planès
Other name Yellow Train
Status operational
Locale France
Stations 22
Opening 1910
Line length 63 km (39 mi)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge
Electrification third rail
Operating speed 55 km/h (34 mph)
Highest elevation 1,593 m (5,226 ft)

The Ligne de Cerdagne, often called the Yellow Train (French: Train Jaune, Catalan: Tren Groc), is a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) gauge railway that runs from Villefranche-de-Conflent to Mont-Louis in France. It was started in 1903 and the section to Mont-Louis was completed in 1910, followed by an extension to Latour-de-Carol in 1927.[1]

It is 63 kilometres (39 mi) long and climbs to 1,593 metres (5,226 ft) at Bolquère-Eyne, the highest railway station in France. There are 19 tunnels and two bridges, one of which is, unusual for a railway bridge, a suspension bridge. The trains are powered by electricity at 850 volts DC, supplied by third rail. The power comes from hydro-electric generators on the River Têt.

There are open and closed cars. The open cars are a favourite with tourists enjoying dramatic views as the train climbs the twisting track. The maximum speed of the train is 55 km/h (34 mph).

It is named after its yellow and red colours, derived from the Catalan flag.

List of stations[edit]

Crossing a viaduct

Electrical discharges[edit]

In 1911, railway workers reported a fireball on the third rail between kilometres 28 and 40. A similar phenomenon occurred again when a train was hit by one of these fireballs during a thunderstorm. Lightning rods were installed where these events had occurred, the phenomena has not been reported since installation.


  1. ^ Pourageaux G (2008), Les cent ans du Train Jaune, Editions La vie du rail. (French)

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Coordinates: 42°30′14″N 2°07′40″E / 42.50389°N 2.12778°E / 42.50389; 2.12778