Ligne du Haut-Bugey

Ligne Du Haut-Bugey

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Ligne du Haut-Bugey

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The Haut-Bugey line () (also nicknamed Lignes des Carpates) is a railway line in France. It is 65 kilometres in length and connects Bourg-en-Bresse with Bellegarde, travelling through the Jura Mountains. With steep grades, tight curves, and a long poorly ventilated tunnel it was a challenging line to operate.

For a century and a quarter after its opening in 1877, it served local interests only, suffering a slow decline. However in 2006, it had a new lease of life as its renovation was chosen as the most cost effective way to shorten the journey time from Paris to Geneva. The line was closed in 2006 for complete reconstruction and electrification. The upgraded line was inaugurated on December 2, 2010 featuring 25 kV AC electrification, replacement of 18 level-crossings with bridges, avalanche protection and daylighting a tunnel. Today the line enables a faster link between the French TGV network and Geneva, giving a Paris to Geneva journey time of just over three hours (a saving of nearly 20 minutes compared to the old route via Amberieu and Culoz.


The history of the line began in 1866. The Compagnie des Dombes et des Chemins de Fer du Sud Est (DSE), founded 1863, obtained a concession to build and operate a line linking the communes of Bourg-en-Bresse and La Cluse. This project, deemed insufficiently lucrative by the major companies was given life thanks to a law passed in 1865...
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