Strange name for a mysterious sub-group of SNCF loco hauled passenger trains. This spring
some guessed that the low cost 100% ECO trains were close to the end of their short lives.
For SNCF suddenly withdrew the Paris-Austerlitz - Bordeaux ECO services without any particular explanation, while the Paris - Strasbourg service was taken over by Grand Est TER.
One can speculate that the introduction of low cost OUiGO TGV's from Paris-Montparnasse to Bordeaux and Paris-Est to Nancy might be a motive, along with the move away from loco hauled corail stock. However, suggestions that all the remaining ECO trains would be quickly withdrawn are premature. On the contrary at the end of May, a new route was opened from Paris-Austerlitz to La Rochelle on Saturdays and Sundays. The Paris - Nantes service has been extended to the seaside at Le Croisic. The Paris-Bercy - Lyon Part-Dieu train has been extended to Grenoble.
Tickets for intercité 100% ECO trains are only available on the internet (oui.sncf). They cannot be changed or reimbursed. There is no dedicated intercité 100% ECO timetable, you have to search around on the net.
Here are the 4 loco-hauled intercité 100% ECO trains currently in service (data for Sat July 20th);
Tr 3705/3706 Paris-Austerlitz (08.29) - Toulouse-Matabiau (15.19) (stops; Orléans Les Aubrais, Châteauroux, La Souterraine, Limoges, Brive, Souillac, Gourdon, Cahors, Montauban)
Tr 4075/4175 Paris-Austerlitz (08.39) - Nantes (12.27) - Le Croisic (13.35) (stops; Orléans Les Aubrais, Blois, Amboise, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Saumur, Angers, Saint Nazaire, La Baule)
Tr 4021 Paris-Austerlitz (07.36) - La Rochelle-Ville (11.46) (stops; Orléans Les Aubrais, Blois, Amboise, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, Futuroscope, Poitiers, Niort )
Tr 5757 Paris-Bercy (09.16) - Lyon Part-Dieu (13.35) - Grenoble (14.59) (stops; Dijon-Ville, Beaune, Chalon-sur-Saône, Mâcon-Ville) Frequencies; 3705/3706 daily in both directions. 4075/4175 + 4021 Sats/Suns return services, 5757 southbound Sats northbound Suns.
for departure and arrival times which may be different to those in the example given above.
Above. Low cost OUIGO TGV's started operating to Toulouse from Paris Montparnasse on July 6th, in addition to the Intercité 100% ECO service. On July 7th, OUIGO sets 785 + 784 pass Lacourtensourt with the 09:38 Paris Montparnasse - Toulouse. Photo Georges Turpin.