The train of the Mont-Blanc valleys
History and engineering of Mont-Blanc Express

From les Tines to la Joux

After les Tines, the track is confronted with steep slopes to climb up a glacial sill: the gradient reaches 70 mm/m. The railway crosses the Arve on a stones and metal brdige, then it goes through the short tunnel des Éboulis and through two avalanche galleries. After this, the slopes ease somewhat and the railway serves La Joux stop in a prairie.

A Z 800 EMU is about to cross the bridge in Les Tines.
A Z 800 EMU is about to cross the bridge in Les Tines.
This Z 850 has just left Les Tines; it is approaching the steep slopes towards Argentière.
This Z 850 has just left Les Tines; it is approaching the steep slopes towards Argentière.
The bridge on the Arve at Les Tines, seen from the cockpit of a Z 800 EMU.
The bridge on the Arve at Les Tines, seen from the cockpit of a Z 800 EMU.
The Z 801/802 train towards Argentière has just crossed the Arve after les Tines; it is now moving forward among the larches.
The Z 801/802 train towards Argentière has just crossed the Arve after les Tines; it is now moving forward among the larches.
A little further on, approaching the Éboulis tunnel.
A little further on, approaching the Éboulis tunnel.
The downhill head of Tunnel des Éboulis, which is 226 m long.
The downhill head of Tunnel des Éboulis, which is 226 m long.
After Tunnel des Éboulis, the line directly transitions to an avalanche gallery (75 m). The “Gare” signpost, direction Chamonix, announces Les Tines station.
After Tunnel des Éboulis, the line directly transitions to an avalanche gallery (75 m). The “Gare” signpost, direction Chamonix, announces Les Tines station.
The second avalanche gallery is not far away. Here, a Z 850 EMU crosses this gallery just before calling in La Joux.
The second avalanche gallery is not far away. Here, a Z 850 EMU crosses this gallery just before calling in La Joux.
These avalanche paths have prompted the building of the protection galleries.
These avalanche paths have prompted the building of the protection galleries.
This Z 850 EMU is about to call in La Joux.
This Z 850 EMU is about to call in La Joux.
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