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Lyon Metro

Posted: 09 May 2017, 14:00
by michael_churchill
I will soon be going to France on holiday, and I'm going to have a go at the complete Lyon Metro system. It has 40 stations on 4 lines, one of which is a converted rack railway which claims to have the steepest metro station in Europe. There are not a lot of connections between termini, so there will be a lot of double-backing, and it should take around 2 hours.

Re: Lyon Metro

Posted: 10 May 2017, 07:35
by DrainBrain

Re: Lyon Metro

Posted: 12 May 2017, 13:16
by Duncan
Do the trams as well whilst there, was there for the Euros last year - nice system.

Re: Lyon Metro

Posted: 24 May 2017, 15:26
by michael_churchill
That particular picture shows the end of one of the two funiculars that run from "Vieux Lyon" (Old Lyon) station. Being funiculars, there are two trains connected by cable, one goes up as the other comes down. The funiculars go to the top of two separate hills. One is more touristy as it goes up to a landmark church. The one pictured is more for regular punters. Both are integrated into the local transport system.

Re: Lyon Metro

Posted: 24 May 2017, 15:43
by michael_churchill
The steep station I was talking about is "Croix-Paquet" on line C which is a proper rack railway. A cogged rack between the rails engages with a cogged wheel underneath the train to help it up the hill. Because of the gradient, it is apparently the only station on the Lyon Metro network that is not fully accessible.
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Re: Lyon Metro

Posted: 30 May 2017, 12:56
by michael_churchill
So here's my route for the whole Lyon Metro system.
Refer to this plan

Wednesday 17 May 2017
Start at Gare d'Oullins
Line B to Charpennes (Charles Hernu), dep. 09:22:28, arr. 09:37:34
Line A to Vaulx-en-Velin (La Soie), dep. 09:40:11, arr. 09:48:54
Reverse line A to Hotel de Ville (Louis Pradel), dep. 09:52:54, arr. 10:06:49
Line C to Cuire, dep. 10:09:15, arr. 10:17:13
Reverse line C to Hotel de Ville (Louis Pradel), dep. 10:18:25, arr. 10:28:01
Line A to Perrache, dep. 10:32:03, arr. 10:37:02
Reverse line A to Bellecour, dep. 10:40:51, arr. 10:42:54
Line D to Gare de Vaise, dep. 10:45:18, arr. 10:52:28
Reverse line D to Gare de Venissieux, dep. 10:54:50, arr. 11:19:18

Elapsed time = 1 hr 56 min 50 sec