Between 1971 and 1978 French State Railway SNCF ordered 56 samples of electric loco BB 15000 for traction of fast passenger trains. The four axle loco develop 4400 kW and reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
For traction of fast passenger trains under 1,5 kV DC and 25 kV AC system French State Railway SNCF ordered 205 samples of four axle BB 22000. The locos develop 4140 kW and reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
For traction of passenger and freight trains under 1,5 kV DC system French State Railway SNCF ordered 237 samples of four axle electric loco BB 7200. The locos develop 4040 kW and reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. BB 7261 – 7263 are able to reach 200 km/h.
For cross border passenger service French State Railway SNCF had ordered ten units of six axle electric loco CC 70100. The locos had delivered 3670 kW (CC 40101-40104) or 4480 kW (CC 40105-40110). Frist series locos reached a maximum speed of 240 km/h, the second series reached only 220 km/h for better tractive power.
For traction of french high speed trains French State Railway SNCF ordered 78 samples of six axle electric loco CC 6500 in 1969. The two motor units develop 5900 kW and reach a maximum speed of 200 km/h. In 2007 the last CC 6500 quitted service.
It was developed in the 1970s by GEC-Alsthom and SNCF. Originally designed as turbotrains to be powered by gas turbines, the prototypes evolved into electric trains with the 1973 oil crisis. Following the inaugural service between Paris and Lyon in 1981 on the LGV Sud-Est ("LGV") (French: Ligne à Grande Vitesse, high-speed line), the network, centred on Paris, has expanded to connect main cities across France and in adjacent countries on combinations of high-speed and conventional lines.
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French electric railcars Z 27500 debuted in 2005. French State Railway SNCF ordered 211 samples of 1300 kW railcars in three or four car units. The units reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
In 1976 German Duesseldorfer Waggonfabrik AG (Duewag) presented the six axle electric street railcar M6/N6. The two motor car has been designed also to operate in subway like tunnels. The M6 delivers 300 kW and reaches a maximum speed of 70 km/h.