Electrification projects of the French railways SNCF

After the Second World War, the French railways continued at an accelerated pace with the electrification of the French railway network. Before the Second World War, mainly 1500 volts direct current was used for electrification. After the Second World War, experiments were carried out with 25,000 volts on the Aix-les-Bains – La Roche-sur-Foron railway in the French Alps. The results obtained there were positive. So positive that it was decided that the remaining railway lines to be electrified would be electrified with 25,000 volts. To this day, France still has these two mains power types.

This beautiful 6-part series shows how electrification was carried out. The series is spoken in French, but only here at 24Trains.tv you can watch this series with English subtitles! Enjoy the beautiful authentic French images from the 50s and 60s here at 24Trains.tv!

Available with English subtitles, only at 24Trains.tv, click on 'cc' at the bottom right to select your subtitles.

Credits: SNCF - French Railways

The part 'South of Paris’ will be online on 21st July 2022.


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