|En Voyage BB67628 passes south of Le Cendre with TER874009 the 14:11 Moulins-sur-Allier to Vic-le-Comte 02/05/2016.|
Day 1 Sunday 1st May-
|BB26073 prepares to depart Paris Bercy with the 14:00 to Clermont-Ferrande.|
My head feeling slightly better by Paris we decided to make a very rushed trip to 'Grand Train' at La Chapelle which should have opened the previous day. Unfortunately, as since reported, it hadn't! As it turns out we really wouldn't have had time to get round it anyway and we retraced our path back through Gare du Nord and down to Bercy for the 14:00 train to Clermont Ferrande with Sybic BB26073, one of only a handful which were not required!
|BB67555 at Moulins-sur-Allier with the 19:37 to Cleremont-Ferrande|
On arrival at Clermont-Ferrande we checked into the usual hotel; Les Commercants opposite the station and then headed to our usual crepe restaurant 'Le 1513' on the other side of the Cathedral. Somehow on the way to the restaurant I managed to loose my print out of the Nevers BB67400 diagrams and the simplifyer I had made for the locos at Clermont for the Monday. After the meal I was more than ready for some sleep... it would take more than one night to catch up for having had less than two hours sleep the previous one. Especially given the hour we would be getting up!
Day 2 Monday 2nd May-
|The driver chats with station staff before departure from |
Clremont-Ferrande with the 06:28 to Issoire.
|BB67556 and BB67574 pass at Vic-le-Comte.|
Having seen some previous trip reports from the area I was fully expecting several kart vices and swapping of locos on the TER's- but in a strange turn of events every train that we saw that was booked to be hauled was (I had managed to download a copy of the files I had lost to my phone).
With Le Cevenol no longer being hauled six locos can cover the diagrams and these were BB67555, BB67556, BB67557, BB67574, BB67601 and BB67628.
|BB67574 is seen shortly after departure from Clermont-Ferrande with TER873763 to Issoire. The presence of snow at the top of Pays du Dome indicates how unseasonably cold it had recently been. 02/05/2016.|
All locos were easily covered and there was time for some photos as well. The sun came out and it was a jolly pleasant day- We had clearly done something right as everything went just as it should have done. Would our luck with the SNCF gods continue!?
|BB67556 basks in the sun as it waits for the 17:19 to Brioude.|
Arrival at Montlucon was on time and our next move the 08:44 to Paris was already being shown on the platform for the following morning. We stayed at Hotel Le Faisan near to the station, I can't say I'd stay there again. The town was fairly dead on a Monday night but we found somewhere to get some dinner.
|Beautiful french scenery between Clermont-Ferrande and Montlucon.|
Tuesday 3rd May-
Woke up and used WiFi to check any gen and discovered that CC72084 was planned to work the 19:42 Paris Troyes... there was a target for later. Anyway, back to the original plan picking up some breakfast and heading to the station for a loco hauled run to Paris. We got back to Montlucon Ville station and sure enough the Corails were sitting in the platform as advertised the night before- but something was not right. BB67377 was sitting about a half a coach length in front of the train, cold, and this was 10 minutes before departure. Even worse- a pair of 'bananas' were sitting in the opposite platform advertised as the 08:44 to Bourges. Ah- the SNCF gods were back on form- a Kart vice. Disappointing was the word, we had come all the way to Montlucon and we weren't even going to get a diesel. With no other option we boarded the somewhat busy kart and kept our fingers crossed that there might at least be some Corails waiting for us at Bourges. Fortunately there were and BB26046 took us forward to Paris. Also at Bourges were BB67330, BB67345, BB26049 and ECR 66203.
|BB67567 and BB67421 stabled with a train at Les Aubrais.|
|BB7212 provides a splash of colour as ECS loco at Austerlitz.|
|The lines from Melun to Juvisy and Montereaux are the last |
stronghold of the X5300 'Petit Gris' EMU's. X5333 approaches
Le Grande Paroisse with a service to Melun.
|BB67406 at Crouy-Sur-Ourcq with the |
17:05 Paris Est - Le Ferte Milon 03/05/2016.
We took BB67406 on the 17:05 Le Ferte Milon with just a single RIO set. Taking this to Crouy Sur Ourcq meant we could be back at Est to see the 19:42 Troyes. BB67599 worked the 18:05 to Le Ferte Milon with a normal 8 car set, passed at Trilport.
Back to Est and we had already worked out that CC72084 was not going to appear on the 19:42- it was sitting turned off at Pantin. We couldn't see anything else to form the train however, until we spotted a Champagne-Ardenne AGC- it looked a bit cosy!
We stayed to watch the departure of BB15003 on the 19:42 to Chalons-en-Champagne. It was then time for a McDonalds before heading back to Gare du Nord for the 21:03 Eurostar back to reality, another new e320 set in the form of 374002.
|The closest we came to CC72084, stabled at Pantin.|