Ligne de Cerdagne
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|Ligne de Cerdagne|
The unusual rail suspension bridge at Pont Gisclard between Sauto and Planès
|Other name||Yellow Train|
|Line length||63 km (39 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge|
|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 3⁄8 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.
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.
It is named after its yellow and red colours, derived from the Catalan flag.
List of stations
- Nyer (halte)
- Mont-Louis la Cabanasse
- Béna Fanès
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.
- Pourageaux G (2008), Les cent ans du Train Jaune, Editions La vie du rail. (French)
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