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Publishing company RD-RAIL

Already published :

[LINK] Line profiles of the french network

August 2011, France, 2 volumes (line numbers 001-600 and 601-990 i.e. roughly France North and South)
Editions La Vie Du Rail
(sales taken over by publishing company RD-RAIL mid-2019)

[LINK] Rail journey times in France 1914-2014

A century of progress described in 9 years (1914/33/50/63/78/88/98/2003/2014)
With english text
This book is the first of two on the "Rail performance in France" theme

Future publications :

(publication order is now fairly clear, but deadlines still need to be confirmed)

"Historical and current index of french railways stations" (title to be confirmed)

Publication defined and decided in march, 2022. Expected publication date : november or december 2022.
This publication originates from the ongoing work (since early 2022) on station names, mainly in order to finalize the ones of the nearly 6,000 stations which are now gone : these have often changed names during their lifetime. This work is essential before publishing any new or revised line profiles, all the more so as SNCF Gares & Connexions has recently revised station names so as to fully respect official naming rules. But this has also been an interesting and sometimes surprising study : around 1,000 of these stations did not actually open when the line was inaugurated but did so later, usually either from local pressure or because of urban growth in the vicinity.
This publication will provide a full list (both in alphabetical order and by line / km location) of the nearly 9,000 stations which have existed or still exist today (their current number stands around 2,860).
- a list of stations in alphabetical order,
- a list of stations sorted by line numbers and location (km),
- in both of these lists, systematic mention of former names if any,
- applying official naming rules to current (2022) and former stations,
- a list of recent stations i.e. created after SNCF's birth in 1938, with their opening dates,
- a liste of stations belonging to different companies within the same town,
- a list of displaced stations,
- stations not belonging to the national network : Provence, Corsica, RER RATP...
- Alsace-Lorraine : how names were "germanized", 1871-1918 and 1940-1944,
- the 7 regional maps showing line numbers,
- examples of lines which have lost most of their stations, often a long time ago,
- examples of stations of small communities, incorporating the name of a larger one because this one has no rail link yet.

Line profiles, extended and revised edition (information updated may 14, 2022)

Late 2020, it has finally been decided that the next publications for line profiles would be both regional and complete over a given territory : in other words, each published volume will include, over its geographic coverage : (1) an update of profiles published in 2011, (2) the addition of all "secondary" profiles, not published in 2011 (~ freight-only or now closed lines).

The geographical division will be as follows :

Volume 1 : Est (Compagnie de l'Est + Alsace - Lorraine network)
Volume 2 : Nord
Volume 3 : Ouest (north of the Loire river)
Volume 4 : Southwest 1 (ex-Etat + PO)
Volume 5 : Southwest 2 (Compagnie du Midi)
Volume 6 : PLM 1 (from Paris to Lyon)
Volume 7 : PLM 2 (from Lyon to the Languedoc region and Italy)
Volume 8 : the Ile-de-France region

For consistency reasons, some marginal lines may appear in two volumes e.g. St-Sulpice > Toulouse, a PO line in Midi territory, for Volumes 4 and 5, and Ile-de-France portions of main lines out of Paris will of course appear in regional Volumes.

For data availability reasons, the very first publication will be Volume 5, scheduled 2023 because the "Historical and current index of french railways stations" (title to be confirmed) will be published before. This will incorporate all lines south and/or west of : Le Verdon - Bordeaux - Montauban - Castres - Rodez - Espalion - Neussargues - Millau - Le Vigan - Lodève - Montpellier - Montbazin-Gigean - Sète.

(see link above for more information on the current progress of this project)

Rail performance in France (2) : from theory to practical reality

Publication is mooted for 2024-2025. This will incorporate two sections :

(2a) Rail performance in France today, both in its principles ans in "real life".
This will first describe the physical principles and the rules which apply to a number of topics : theoretical journey time computation, influence of the overhead supply, recovery time, management of track possessions, tilting trains... Next, a practical vision in the form of commented logs, some on foreign networks, and most relating to the variety of driving behaviours and their influence on timings... a mostly unknown subject, the influence of which is highly underestimated in France.

(2b) All about distance computations on the RFN (Réseau Ferré National i.e. the french rail network) :
how to compute distances (theoretically with 1 m precision, more reliably 10 m in practical terms, because 1 m precision on the RFN is purely theoretical...) from just about anywhere to anywhere, including for a number of freight destinations.

Rail journey times in France 1914-2014 (2024 addition)

In 2024 or 2025, there will be (paper or digital, not yet decided) an upgrade including the 2024 timetable : this will be the 10th year for this survey, after 1914-1933-1950-1963-1978-1988-1998-2003-2014.