TGV Sud-Est SNCF Profile and Models


Set 82 at Paris-Gare de Lyon in October 1992. ©Falk2

The SNCF TGV Sud-Est was a French high speed TGV train built by Alsthom and Francorail-MTE and operated by SNCF, the French national railway company. The trainsets were semi-permanently coupled, consisting of two power cars (locomotives) and eight passenger carriages. The equipment was named after the Ligne à Grande Vitesse Sud-Est (Southeast high-speed line) that the trains first operated on. Operation TGV 100, referring to a target speed of 100 metres per second (360 km/h, 224 mph), took place on 26 February 1981 shortly before the opening of the LGV Sud-Est and ended with a speed record of 380 km/h (236 mph) set by TGV Sud-Est trainset number 16. In December 2019, all TGV Sud-Est sets were retired from service. In early 2020, a farewell service was run which included TGV01 (nicknamed Patrick), the very first TGV train ever built. This train was painted in all 3 liveries that it used during its service.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Unit

Electric - Overhead Catenary (25kV 50Hz AC/ 1500V DC)


Alsthom/ Francorail-MTE

Build Dates

1978 to 1988

Total Sets Built


Power Output

9,100 hp (AC)
4,200 hp (DC)

Top Speed

186 mph
(Originally 162mph)
(World Record Run recorded 236mph)

Passenger Capacity


Operated By


Main Duties

Express Passenger

In Service Until


Surviving Sets



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