Longueau–Boulogne railway

The Longueau–Boulogne railway is a French railway which runs from a junction with the Paris-Lille railway at Longueau to the coastal port of Boulogne. A double track railway it is 171 kilometres (106 miles) long. Until the start of the Eurostar service from London to Paris in 1994 via LGV Nord it was the main route for the boat trains to Paris which met the ships carrying passengers from Great Britain. As of August 2011 the line is used by Intercités services from Paris to Boulogne, TGV services from Rang-du-Fliers via Calais-Fréthun to Lille-Europe and local TER Hauts-de-France services.[1]

Longueau–Boulogne railway
French coastal railways 1853.jpg
Northern France railway network in 1853
Overview
SystemSNCF
StatusOperational
LocaleFrance (Hauts-de-France)
TerminiGare de Longueau
Gare de Boulogne-Ville
Operation
Opened1847 to 1848
OwnerRFF
Operator(s)SNCF
Technical
Line length171 kilometres (106 mi)
Number of tracksDouble track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map

km.0
126.0
Longueau
130.6
Amiens
132.6
Saint-Roch (Somme)
freight line to Frévent
137.5
Dreuil-lès-Amiens
140.0
Ailly-sur-Somme
144.7
Picquigny
151.7
Hangest
158.0
Longpré-les-Corps-Saints
160.3
Long-Le Catelet
163.0
Fontaine-sur-Somme
166.7
Pont-Rémy
176.0
Abbeville
183.5
Port-le-Grand
189.0
Noyelles
Réseau des Bains de Mer
to Forest l'Abbaye
194.3
Ponthoile-Romaine
198.9
Rue
204.1
Quend-Fort-Mahon
209.0
Conchil-le-Temple
215.0
Rang-du-Fliers
CF du ARB
to Berck-Plage
220.2
Saint-Josse
226.3
Étaples-Le Touquet
233.7
Dannes-Camiers
239.4
Neufchâtel-Hardelot
244.6
Hesdigneul
248.4
Pont-de-Briques
to Sarraz-Boumet
249.6
Outreau
253.5
Boulogne-Ville
original
site
254.3
Boulogne-Maritime
km.0

The line was built by Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord during 1847 and 1848.[2] The section from Longueau through Amiens and to the junction with the line to Rouen is electrified at 25 kV 50 Hz.[3] From 2009 to 2010 the line from Boulogne to Rang-du-Fliers was also electrified to allow a TER-GV service to run.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Paris-Amiens-Calais-Hazebrouck-Lille timetable (in French)
  2. ^ Direction Générale des Ponts et Chaussées et des Chemins de Fer (1869) (in French). Statistique centrale des chemins de fer. Chemins de fer français. Situation au 31 décembre 1869. Paris: Ministère des Travaux Publics. pp. 146–160
  3. ^ "RFF - Map of electrified railway lines" (PDF).
  4. ^ Bernard Collardey, "Amiens - Calais : La ligne de la côte se modernise", in Rail Passion, no 158, December 2010, p. 40-57 (ISSN 1261-3665) (in French)

Coordinates: 49°51′51″N 2°21′08″E / 49.8643°N 2.3521°E / 49.8643; 2.3521