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Saturday 10/11 Late Eurostar from St Pancras (delayed by failure of set for preceding 08.24)
This lost me 2 hours on my arrival at Orleans for a model railway show as there is a one hour break in the `hourly' Paris – Orleans service on Saturdays
In my two hour gap (13.30 – 15.30 Sats) at Austerlitz there was little activity
26091 1149 Bourges – Paris mixed Aqualys / corail 26003, 26048, 26091 all at buffers 14.00 26015 13.28 Orleans - Paris 7274 15.27 Paris – Orleans
Orleans: 7242 stabled on stock 7318 17.28 Orleans – Paris 26007 17.07 Orleans – Le Croisic
Sunday 11/11 7216 15.27 Orleans – Paris
Rather more activity on a Sunday afternoon but hard to track carrying a heavy rucksack due to the split nature of the station during the rebuild.
7301 Train 3700 10.18 Teoz Eco Toulouse – Paris 26009 1732 Paris - Bourges 26046 0724 Cerbere - Paris
One highlight of the trip was the superb variety of styles on the 8500/88500s currently used for pilot duties at Austerlitz.
In use: 8638 large cab, large grilles, original end number plate (BB-8638) and (1930's !) SNCF roundel 8549 small cab and grilles revised flush ends with large number, spaghetti logo on sides 8642 large cab large grille revised flush ends with normal size number, spaghetti logo on sides 8645 large cab large grille revised flush ends with normal size number, spaghetti logo on sides 88529 small cab and grilles. Modified version of original end number plate including roundel but with plated numberplate carrying large 88529
Over to Gare de Lyon for the 18.45 iDTGV to Chambery.