“We have a panoramic view,” says Juliette, a student who travels almost every week between Orleans, where her parents live, and Tours, where she is studying. “It’s frankly more comfortable than Corail trains. The trip has been pleasant. But the Interloires which go as far as Nantes are already good, ”adds Yves Lecoeur, an Orléanais who teaches in the preparatory class in Tours and who is a daily user of the line.
Small surprising detail: while each seat is equipped with an electrical outlet and a USB socket, few travelers have connected a computer. A few have recharged their phones. “The journey is quite fast, we have time to be on the computer afterwards”, notes Yves Lecoeur.
Bombardier’s first Omneo2N in commercial circulation linked Orléans to Tours on Tuesday, in 1h22. This top-of-the-range regional train was right on time, it even entered the Tours station in slow motion, its final destination. “I was able to reach 200 km / h in several places, before and after Blois”, smiles Damien, the driver of this new generation train. While the Corals do not exceed 160 on these portions.
A new dedicated maintenance center
The Center-Val de Loire regional council has acquired 32 Omneo2Ns built in Crespin, near Valenciennes (North). They will be delivered by 2023 to run on the Paris-Orléans-Tours, Paris-Bourges and Paris-Montargis-Nevers lines. They will gradually replace the Corail Intercités, which date from the 1970s. “It’s not luxury,” says a traveler.
To maintain them without sending them to technicentres in the Paris region, the regional council is financing a new SNCF factory. A new railway maintenance center is thus under construction near the Orléans-Les Aubrais station. Its commissioning is scheduled for 2023. It will employ around sixty railway workers.
The regional council is spending 460 million for the entire operation, including 46 million for the future technicentre, the construction of which is estimated at 70 M €. The rest is financed by the State, European Feder funds and SNCF. “This proximity will allow us to significantly increase the regularity of service,” says Philippe Fournié, vice-president of transport for the region, who knows full well that the new train may be pretty and comfortable, if it is not up to date. hour, he will receive letters from dissatisfied users.