Welcome to France, known worldwide as the home of the VAL. Initially, VAL stood for Villeneuve
d'Asque a Lille, the place were the
first trial runs took place in the 1970s. Afterwards they were lucky
because the three letters could also stand for vehicules
Few countries worldwide have taken to the idea of light rail transit and run with it more than France. A plethora of light rail lines, streetcars and tram-trains, similar to the interurbans of old, are spreading all over the republic, a sort of light rail renaissance without the abstract painters if you don't count the grafitti artists. As of early 2011, two 14 km metro projects and 29 light rail projects totaling 152 km are planned.
Honorable Mention Dept.: There is one more system, not a
whole rubber-tyred tram but a bus with some tram functions.
A sin against nature, you say? Even bus rapid transit would quiver in it's guided rubber boots at this man-made abonimation. This is the TVM (transport de Valle de Marne), a bus
with a separated alley for traffic. On some sections, the bus's
catenary rises and puts a contacting beam into the slit in the road to
serve as the earth contact, writhng with metallic pleasure as waves of
hot electricity surge through it's lines in anticipation of
acceleration, offering its beam to the open, accepting... Oh, sorry. .
.I keep forgetting I'm in France.
Transport & Mobilite urbain - the ultimate French transportation forum
Wikipedia Tramways In France
la boite à photos des tramways français
- Photos of French
tramways and other systems
- Sommaires des parutions dans CFRU
Urban Transport Society, complete with photos
2000 - a French and Belgian traction magazine
TRAMWAYS EN FRANCE by Dr.-Ing.
Christoph Groneck - a five star site
Funiculars (in French), includes the St. Just funicular
metro Line F, Loan's funicular metro and Thaon "telemetro"
includes Paris (Val de Seine and Saint-Denis / Bobigny)
CHEMINS DE FER REGIONAUX ET URBAINS - superb converage of
Jaune" - electric tourist train between La Tour de Carol and
- Private French interurban
de Fer Corses - Private French narrow gague railway on the island of Corsica
- a private chemin de fer that looks a big LRT
Le Petit Train de la Rhune
There's probably nothing better than riding in the open air on the edge of a precipice. Le Petit Train d'Artouste, a remote extension of the Paris metro, gives you this excellent opportunity.
Other light rail and metro-like lines in France include Le Tire Bouchon, Le Blanc Argent, Les Chemin de Fer de Provence, La Ligne des Hirondelles and Le U Trinighellu Corse.
Lestramways électriques de Versailles - a short movie
Chemins - a rich site on French urban transport
Gart - French public transport links
Trams-In-France from Dr.-Ing. Christoph Groneck