[FR] Burgundy trams in Dijon

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  1. k-c-p

    k-c-p Member

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    Bonjour,

    during my trip to Lyon I did a stopover in Dijon. The last time I went to Dijon was 20 years ago as part of an exchange program in school. So the time was ripe to go back to take look at the city and the tram network in particular.

    Tramway de Dijon

    The network consist of 2 lines. Line T1 runs from Dijons railway station ("Dijon Ville") to Quetigny in the suburbs. Line T2 runs from Valmy to Chenôve. In the city center both line overlap (between Gare Foch and Republique stations)

    View from the parking garade above Dijons station down on the square in front of the station. In the middle two trams of line T1 at their terminus

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    The rolling stock consists of Citadis 302 by Alstom. I like the design

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    Interieur view

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    As Dijon is in the Burgundy region of France, I guess the paint job should reflect this with some kind of burgundy tone.

    Ticket seem to be equipped with RFID chips. You just need to put them close to the validator.

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    Additionally, the seem to be rechargable, because the first question of the ticket machine was: Do you already have a ticket? For a new ticket I had to pay a fee of 30Ct.
    Nice feature of the validator: On each validation the display will show, for how long the ticket is valid. So I did know to the minute, when my 48h ticket was to expire.

    The station all have the same design

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    Each station is equipped with a screen the show the next departures and give additional information (e.g. On the day I arrived there was a strike, the information on the screen gave details about the effetcs on the service)

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    Impressions from Darcy station. Its the gateway to downton

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    The arch "Porte Guillaume" is dedicated to monk and architect Guillaume de Volpiano

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    Pretty impressive facade for a cinema

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    At Place de la Republique the two tram lines split. Their stops are located at opposite sides of the square. Three pictures of T1 at Republique

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    Interesting design (in the backhround a tram of line T2 is leaving its Republique stop and heads to Valmy)

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    Impressions of tram heading to or leaving Valmy. I liked the combination of green, blue sky, red trams and the roundabout

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    Line T2 passed below the roof of the Toison d'Or shopping centre.

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    Between the stations Europe and Nation the tram runs on the left and on the right of the Avenue de Langres. Their path seperate in the roundabout at the Place de la Nation

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    Single outbound tram tracks (T2 heading to Valmy)

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    Across the street: An inbound T2 heading to the city center

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    Tram T1 hiding behind some trees at terminus Quetigny

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    and the T2 in the vicinity of stop 1er Mai

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    Mixed stuff

    So sum this up, some mixed stuff. The Lac Kir (a lake created by a adding a dam ot the Ouche river) offered a place the relax with a lot of water and green

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    Additionally, the rail line to Paris passes by. A view across the lake on a passing train

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    When I stepped off the bus, this train of engines came along. I managed to get my camera in place for a last minute shot

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    A northbound TGV

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    Three different TER paint jobs in Dijon station: TER Bourgogne

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    TER Franche-Comté

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    a the very colourful TER Champagne-Ardenne

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    Architektur mit buntem Dach in der Innenstadt

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    Thats it from Dijon. It was a great trip. I was lucky that the weather played along too. When the rain came, was about to get en route for Lyon ;).

    I hope you enjoyed the report. Looking forward to your feedback.

    Salut
    Charly
     
  2. Ash Bridge

    Ash Bridge Established Member

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    Nice pictures, visited Dijon in April 2005 and stayed at the Kyriad hotel near the station (wasn't as lucky with the weather as you were,unfortunately) don't recall any sign of the tram system construction having started back then, but it looks a most impressive system. That was a stroke of luck catching the loco convoy! Thanks for sharing:)
     
  3. martin2345uk

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    Lovely photos of what looks like a lovely place! :D
     
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