Paray-le-Monial – Givors Canal railway line

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Paray-le-Monial – Givors Canal
Level crossing No.  44 at the former Claveisolles stop, 2018
Level crossing No. 44 at the former Claveisolles stop, 2018
Route number (SNCF) : 775,000
Course book range : 35, 36
Route length: 134.6 km
Gauge : 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
Power system : Tassin – Givors Canal 1.5 kV  =
Maximum slope : 11 
Dual track : formerly yes
Moulins – Mâcon railway to Moulins
Le Coteau – Montchanin railway from Roanne
Train station, station
0.0 Paray-le-Monial 250 m
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Railway line Moulins – Mâcon to Mâcon and
railway line Le Coteau – Montchanin to Montchanin
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7.0 Tunnel du Breuil (431m)
8.4 Lugny-lès-Charolles 287 m
8.9 Arconce (69 m)
Railroad Crossing
≈13.3 D985 (formerly N 485 )
13.4 Saint-Julien-Changy 326 m
17.5 Viaduc de la Côte (159 m)
17.9 Dyo 343 m
Tunnel - if there are several tunnels in a row
23.1 Bruyères tunnel (151 m)
Pouilly-sous-Charlieu – Clermain railway from Clermain
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CD du Rhône-Saône-et-Loire (RSL) to Monsols
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28.1 La Clayette-Baudemont 368 m
Railway Pouilly-sous-Charlieu – Clermain n. Pouilly-sous-Ch.
29.4 Sornin (220 m)
Tunnel - if there are several tunnels in a row
30.6 Grand Bois Tunnel (101 m)
32.6 Chassigny-sous-Dun 394 m
Tunnel - if there are several tunnels in a row
33.0 Tunnel de Chassigny (164 m)
Tunnel - if there are several tunnels in a row
35.2 Tunnel de Mussy (151 m)
35.4 Mussy-sous-dun 408 m
35.9 Viaduc de Mussy (561 m)
Tunnel - if there are several tunnels in a row
36.8 Tunnel de Mont-Loup (134 m)
Train station, station
38.8 Chauffailles 441 m
41.0 Viaduc de Villon (141 m)
41.6 Saône-et-Loire / Loire department
43.4 Viaduc de Montveneur (104 m)
45.5 Belleroche-Belmont 511 m
45.9 Tunnel des Écharmeaux (4,153 m)
47.9 Loire / Rhône department
48.5 Vertex 526 m
50.7 Poule 519 m
Bridge (medium)
55.4 Viaduc de la Grande-Neuve (87 m)
56.4 Viaduc de la Foraize (112 m)
56.9 Viaduc de la Boucle (105 m) [including: Tunnel de Claveisolles (1,268 m)]
60.0 Claveisolles 433 m
57.3 Viaduc du Collier (99 m) [next to it: Tunnel de Vigues (264 m)]
58.0 Viaduc Chez Aulas (115 m)
61.7 Azergues (10 m)
61.8 Saint-Nizier-d'Azergues 419 m
65.1 Lamure-sur-Azergues 388 m
68.7 Grandris-Allières 357 m
69.4 Azergues (45 m)
70.4 Allières 343 m
71.9 Saint-Just-d'Avray 319 m
Bridge over watercourse (medium)
73.5 Azergues (18 m)
73.6 Tunnel de Brottaux (281 m)
Bridge over watercourse (medium)
74.1 Azergues (19 m)
Train station, station
74.6 Chamelet 309 m
79.5 Ternand 278 m
Bridge over watercourse (medium)
79.8 Azergues (19 m)
81.5 Saint-Laurent-d'Oingt 271 m
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≈84.8 CFB to Villefranche-sur-Saône
Train station, station
85.0 Bois-d'Oingt-Légny 246 m
86.8 Le Breuil 237 m
Stop, stop
89.6 Chessy 224 m
Train station, station
91.7 Châtillon-d'Azergues 215 m
Bridge over watercourse (medium)
92.5 Azergues (33 m)
Bridge over watercourse (medium)
94.7 Brévenne (27 m)
95.2 Coteau – Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d'Or railway from Le Coteau
Tunnel - if there are several tunnels in a row
95.2 Lozanne tunnel (195 m)
Train station, station
95.5 Lozanne 203 m
Gleisdreieck - straight ahead, to the left, ex from the left
Coteau – Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d'Or railway to St-Germain
98.0 Tunnel de Marand (207m)
Bridge over watercourse (medium)
98.6 Semonet ( Viaduc de Civrieux ; 51 m)
Train station, station
99.5 Civrieux-d'Azergues 239 m
100.3 Bramefond tunnel (257 m)
100.9 Janzay Tunnel (531 m)
102.5 Dommartin-Lissieu (old train station; 267 m)
102.9 Viaduc de Chicotière (102 m)
Stop, stop
103.5 Dommartin-Lissieu 278 m
Bridge over watercourse (medium)
103.9 Viaduc de Grévy (40 m)
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106.0 Limonest 302 m
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OTL to Lyon
106.2 Limonest tunnel (964 m)
Stop, stop
107.4 Dardilly-le-Jubin
109.0 Dardilly 276 m
Stop, stop
109.5 Dardilly-les-Mouilles
110.7 Viaduc des Planches (99 m)
Train station, station
111.8 Les Flachères 248 m
Lyon-Saint-Paul – Montbrison railway from Montbrison
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113.9 Tassin 229 m
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114.6 Railway line Lyon-Saint-Paul – Montbrison to Lyon-Saint-Paul
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≈115.5 FOL to Lyon and D 489 (formerly N 89 )
Stop, stop
115.8 Alaï 222 m
116.6 Viaduc de Sarmières (Charbonnières; 136 m)
117.1 Yzeron ( Viaduc de Francheville ; 182 m)
Tunnel - if there are several tunnels in a row
117.7 Francheville Tunnel (92 m)
Bridge over watercourse (medium)
117.9 Viaduc du Colombier (60 m)
Train station, station
118.4 Francheville 222 m
Stop, stop
122.3 Chaponost 232 m
≈124.9 D 386 (formerly N 86 and OTL to Lyon; formerly BUE)
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125.3 Brignais 209 m
≈126.2 Autoroute 450
127.8 Vourles-Charly 199 m
130.5 Millery-Montagny 179 m
Bridge over watercourse (medium)
133.2 Garon (27 m)
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Railway line Moret-Veneux-les-Sablons-Lyon-Perrache v. Lyon-P.
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Badan Track Harp
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133.8 Junction Lozanne (Post 3)
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Givors Canal (wedge station) 161 m
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Givors-Canal – Chasse-sur-Rhône n. Chasse / s / Rhône railway line
Givors-Canal – Grezan railway to Nîmes and Rhône
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Railway line Moret-Veneux-les-Sablons-Lyon-Perrache
to Moret-Veneux-les-Sablons

The Paray-le-Monial – Givors-Canal railway is originally a double -track, now single-track, non-electrified railway line in France . It is northwest-southeast oriented, 134 km long and an important link of the Region Center-Val de Loire in the metropolitan area of Lyon , where she primarily serves the transportation. In addition, it represents the shortest connection for cross traffic between Lyon and Nantes and serves as an alternative route to Moulins , but above all it relieves the main line Paris-Lyon from freight traffic. The section between Brignais and the south-eastern end point Givors is no longer served by passenger traffic.


Givors-Canal station, around 1890

This railway line is part of the France-wide Freycinet route plan . With the law of July 17, 1879, with which 181 new railway lines were to be added to the network, this line was given legal status as number 117. For the alignment it said: "from Givors to Paray-le-Monial, at or near l'Arbresle". The choice of the route reflects the close, sometimes competing connection between railways and waterways that still existed in the second half of the 19th century. Givors Canal was an important hub for goods of all kinds.

With the law of November 20, 1883, the agreement previously signed on May 26, 1883 between the Compagnie des chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée (PLM) and the Minister of Transport and Public Works became formally legally binding and the Lozanne route –Givors finally confirmed.

On October 4, 1895, the middle, approx. 30 km long section Lozanne - Lamure-sur-Azergues went into operation. In Lozanne there was a railway connection with the Coteau – Saint-Germain-au-Mont-d'Or railway since the end of the 1860s; on September 1, 1900, the Lamure-sur-Azergues part followed Paray-le-Monial . Lozanne – Tassin only went into operation on November 25, 1906, and finally the last stretch of the Tassin – Givors Canal on June 1, 1910. All sections of the route would be double-tracked from the start.

Railway loop of Claveisolles, southwest end, 2005
Viaduc De Mussy, 2014
Inclination pointer at the former Grandris-Allières station, 2019: 21 m gradient over the next 2.1 km

Even if the freight traffic on this route was satisfactory, the number of passengers remained modest, especially on the southern part of the route between Tassin and Givors. On January 1, 1934, passenger traffic between Brignais and Givors was consequently suspended and only three years later, on January 1, 1937, between Tassin and Brignais. In the course of the electrification of neighboring routes, the traffic there was accelerated and the capacity increased, so that here, on this non-electrified route, the traffic decreased.

The second track was removed with the decline in traffic in the winter of 1997/98 - with the exception of the Tunnel des Écharmeaux . Train crossings are now only possible in Lamure-sur-Azergues , Lozanne , Dardilly-le-Jubin , Tassin and Francheville .

The increase in population due to urban sprawl and expansion of urban space around Lyon led to the resumption of passenger traffic on the section between Tassin and Brignais, which ended in 1937. In 2014, regional transport trains took 90 minutes to travel the Paray-le-Monial – Lozanne section, came from Nevers or Moulins and all ended in Lyon-Perrache .

Between 2009 and 2012, the section between Tassin and Brignais was extensively modernized as part of the Tram-Train Lyon West renewal project . The superstructure, the platforms and the signaling technology were renewed and the electrification was added. An additional bend east of the Tassin train station ensures that both branches of the route are directly accessible from the Lyon-Saint-Paul train station . Then it became possible that trains of the Lyon tram could use the tracks of this railway line . Citadis Dualis cars have been in use since then .


The construction of this line was from a military strategic point of view when it was initiated by Charles de Freycinet in the second half of the 1870s . So it was about large cargo handling and high tonnage. Accordingly, the line was designed with two tracks and only a slight gradient of a maximum of 11  . This required the construction of long ramps, wide curves and loops. The most striking example and rather rare in a typical low mountain range is the Boucle de Claveisolles , a roundabout about 1.25 km × 1.5 km in diameter in the municipal areas of Claveisolles and Saint-Nizier-d'Azergues . The 591 m high La Roche is circled almost concentrically by this full circle loop.

Many more engineering structures were required. The longest tunnel, which is still one of the ten longest in France, is the 4,153 m long Tunnel des Écharmeaux , which is also the apex of the route. The longest bridge structure is the 60 meter high and 561 m long Viaduc de Mussy , on which the route crosses the Mussy valley . Its 18 arches have a span of 25 m each.

Secondary tracks

Once this route was completed, it became attractive for other transport infrastructure companies to join it. This created a number of connections (from north to south):

Web links

Commons : Paray-le-Monial – Givors-Canal railway line  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ligne de Moulins à Givors. Section de Paray-le-Monial – Givors , sheets 35 and 36.
  2. Loi qui class 181 lignes de chemin de fer dans le réseau des chemins de fer d'intérêt general . In: Bulletin des lois de la République Française , Paris, National Printing Office, Series XII, Volume 19, No. 456, Jul 17, 1879, pages 6-12.
  3. Loi qui déclare d'utilité publique l'établissement de la deuxième section du chemin de fer de Givors à Paray-le-Monial, comprise entre Lozanne et Paray-le-Monial . In: Bulletin des lois de la République Française , National Printer Paris, Series XII, Volume 25, No. 708, 1882, pp. 29-30.
  4. No. 14213: Loi qui approuve les conventions passées . In: Bulletin des lois de la République Française , National Printer Paris, Series XII, Volume 28, No. 834, 1884, pp. 325-333
  5. a b Ligne Paray-le-Monial - Givors-Canal , on: Fandom, Infrastructure ferroviaire française
  6. a b Bernard Collardey .: Les fermetures de lignes au trafic voyageur en France , special edition 1930-2010: 80 ans de fermetures de lignes , Historail ISSN 1957-5971, No. 17, 2011th
  7. ^ Ligne de Paray-le-Monial à Givors-Canal . Histoire de lignes oubliées . July 17, 2011
  8. Timetable excerpt Nevers – Lyon , 6 July to 13 December 2014 Internet Archive of TER Bourgogne , 16 June 2014
  9. 55 kilometers de tram-train à l'ouest de Lyon , July 6 to December 13, 2014 MobiliCités Internet Archive , September 22, 2012
  10. François Samard: Le tram-train de l'Ouest lyonnais entre en gare demain . Le Progrès , September 23, 2012