SNCF Class Z 5300

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SNCF Class Z 5300 is an ageing class 3 and 4 car Electric Multiple Unit, for Paris Regional services. They were built by Carel & Fouche between 1965-1968 and 1972-1975. Many of these have been withdrawn now.


These stainless steel-bodied EMUs were built as 4-car units including a driving motor car, two intermediate trailers and a driving trailer. However, some units were shortened to three or two cars by removing one or both of the intermediate trailers. Up to three elements can be coupled together.[1] The power supply is 1500 V DC with electromechanical traction equipment.


As the use of stainless steel eliminates the need for painting, the units are basically silvery, with originally only an orange stripe between the headlights. They are therefore nicknamed petit gris (i.e. "little gray", but also the name of a snail), couscoussière, "silver arrow" or "tin can". However, as some units were modified, the doors were painted red, light blue or dark blue according to the services they were intended for. Since 2011, only red-doored units subsist; red doors mean that the unit is fitted with EAS (exploitation à agent seul, i.e. "single crew operation"), and may be operated without a guard.



As of 2015, Z 5300s are operating on two commuter services in the south-east of Paris:


This class used to operate on many other services, but has been replaced by more recent stock. Such services include:[1]



  1. ^ a b Olivier Constant (2014). Encyclopédie du matériel moteur SNCF - tome 10 : les automotrices à courant continu 1500 V. Éditions Publitrains. "Les Z 5300", p.46. 
  • Haydock, David; Fox, Peter [1999]. European Handbook No. 4 French Railways Locomotives & Multiple Units, Third Edition, Sheffield, UK: Platform 5 Publishing Ltd.. ISBN 1-872524-87-7.