The SIM (Switch Inspection Measurement) is a measurement wagon made and belonging at Eurailscout. He is in charge of recording in very high definition video : the tracks, the rails fastening systems including in the switches, the environment of the tracks in panoramic view, and the geometry of the tracks. There is divers differents type of SIM wagon with more advanced technologies who operating in Nederlands, Italy, and France. In France, there are two types of SIM wagon who operate in the territory : The SIM-11 and SIM-13 called "Theïa". Their annual planning is carried out by the "National Infralog" according to the needs of the differents regional infrastructure establishments, and their regional programming is made by the regional infrastructure establishments (locomotives request , train driver, accompanying agent, Eurailscout staff and request train paths). The day I took this picture, the beautiful BB 64030 (the last BB 63500 to be still in original livery of 60's) was titulary on the week n°2 of month january 2019 of to perform the SIM inspection tour requested by the infrastructure establishment of the Paris-Est region. Which gives a beautiful composition!
The SIM-11 wagon pushed by the BB64030 arrived in Paris-Est.
The train pass on the famous Caronte bridge which connects L'Étang de Berre with the Mediterranean sea.
BB67580 leeds a regional train from Marseille to Miramas.
Regional express train from Saverne to Strasbourg in Steinbourg.
The BB66042 with the SIM-11 wagon arrived in Paris-Batignolles.
With the beautiful Cathedral of the city of Chartres called "Notre-Dame-de-Chartres" in the background !
Centre-Val-de-Loire Regional Express train to Le Mans.
The BB67345 hauled the Intercity n°3908 from Montluçon to Paris.
Normandy Intercity from Cherbourg and going to Paris-St-Lazare.
A Normandy regional train going to Paris-Saint-Lazare.
The 18/12/08 sounds the end of the Z5300 after 53 years of service to perform suburban trains on different lines in parisian region. The Z5368 has been peliculated to perform the inauguration of the new train that will replace them. The Z5368, 5317, and 5362 the last 3 still in service until today, have made a "goodbye train" between Paris and Montereau.
The last mission before retiring...
This service provides the company CPCU (Compagnie Parisienne des Chauffages Urbains) coal that will be used to heat homes in Paris. There is a round trip every Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The first train is the 93537 with a departure at 11.05am from the port of Gennevilliers, with an arrival at Saint-Ouen-les-Docks at 11.22am. He return with the number 93530 which leaves Saint-Ouen-the-Docks at 14:22pm and arrives at the port of Gennevilliers at 14:43pm. The service began in November and ends in March. But when I took the picture that day, the service has changed exceptionally and the train number too. It was train number 456524.
Supply of coal for CPCU client...