SNCF's first Coradia Liner V160 electro-diesel trains have entered commercial service on the Paris-Troyes-Belfort Intercity line.
Developed from Alstom's Coradia Polyvalent platform, the new main line trains support the policy of renewing Corail trains on Intercity lines. In October 2013, SNCF placed a €350m order for 34 Coradia Liners with Alstom.
The new trains will mainly be used on Paris-Troyes-Belfort, Quimper-Nantes-Bordeaux-Toulouse, Paris-Amiens-Boulogne, Nantes-Lyon and Bordeaux-Lyon lines.
Alstom France president Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud said: “Intercity passengers will benefit from new trains that are accessible, comfortable and very reliable.
“Coradia Liner has been developed from the Coradia Polyvalent platform, which benefits from the return on experience of the 178 trains already delivered thanks to the excellent cooperation between the SNCF and Alstom teams.”
Coradia Liner V160 comes in lengths of 72m and 110m, with electric or bimodal diesel/electric engine options, and the capacity to accommodate up to 269 passengers, while running at speeds of 160km/h.
New reclining seats of Coradia Liner are equipped with fully upholstered armrests and fitted with electric sockets and a coat hanger.
With the design of the new main line train, the operator will be able to offer several on-board services to passengers.
Coradia Liner complies with existing European standards and can be used on all tracks of the conventional network.
Design and manufacture of Coradia trains are expected to create more than 4,000 jobs in France with Alstom and its suppliers.
Six of the 12 Alstom sites in France are involved in production of the units. Design and assembly will take place at Reichshoffen, Ornans will supply motors, Le Creusot will provide bogies, Tarbes will deliver traction equipment, with Villeurbanne supplying the on-board electronics, and Saint-Ouen responsible for design.
Image: Coradia Liner V160 electro-diesel train. Photo: Copyright_Alstom et AJean Schweitzer.