Lyon Metro Line C

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Line C
Lyon tcl metro-c.svg
MCL80 n°207-208 TCL Cuire - Florian Fèvre.jpg
A rack-railway train of line C at the station Cuire
Native name Ligne C
System Lyon Metro
Stations 5[1]
Opening 1891 and 1974[1]
Last extension 1984[1]
Rolling stock MCL 80
Line length 2.4 km (1.5 mi)[1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Maximum incline 17%[1]
Rack system Von-Roll
Average inter-station distance 625 m (2,051 ft)

Line C (Ligne C) of the Lyon Metro is the modern incarnation of an old cable-hauled railway operating on part of the current alignment. In 1891, the Funiculaire Croix-Rousse - Croix-Paquet (Croix-Rousse - Croix-Paquet Funicular) was opened, running between its namesake stations.[citation needed] After surviving the closure of the nearby funiculaire Rue Terme - Croix-Rousse in 1967, this Croix-Rousse - Croix-Paquet funicular closed in 1972 for refurbishment, reopening for service in 1974[1] (four years before the Lyon Metro even opened). When it was integrated with the metro as Lyon Metro Line C in 1978, the line's southern end was extended from Croix-Paquet to Hôtel-de-Ville (City Hall).[1] A further extension of Line C opened on December 8, 1984, when its northern end was extended from Croix-Rousse to Cuire.[1] The line currently serves 5 stations, and is 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) long.[1]

The line was constructed using various methods: a steep incline rising from a deep tunnel to an exposed trench, the level segment at Croix-Rousse using cut-and-cover, and the section beyond Hénon running on the surface. Croix Paquet station claims to be the steepest metro station in the world, with an incline of 17%.[1] The repurposed alignment of the original funicular from Croix-Paquet to Croix-Rousse is among the world's oldest structures currently used by metro trains, having first opened in 1891.

List of the stations[edit]

  • Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel
  • Croix-Paquet
  • Croix-Rousse
  • Hénon
  • Cuire
Diagram of Line C


  • December 9, 1974: Croix-Paquet—Croix-Rousse
  • May 2, 1978: Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel—Croix-Rousse
  • December 10, 1984: Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel—Cuire


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Le Métro sur le réseau TCL" [The Metro/Subway of TCL's network] (in French). TCL - SYTRAL. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 

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