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

From Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – Le Fayet to Chedde

Exiting the Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet station, the railway successivement crosses to waterways: Bon-Nant and then Arve. A relatively large set of normal gauge sidings is located between them. After river Arve, the railway heads to Chedde in mostly a straight line.

Until 2011, the track to Chedde was double gauge: it could accommodate standard gauge freight trains servicing a large chemical plant in Chedde. These services stopped in the early 1990s.

Before the switchover to Swiss signals, Le Fayet station was the only part of the Saint-Gervais-Vallorcine line to have standard SNCF light block signals. Here, a Z 800 EMU has just passed the station’s exit signal.
Before the switchover to Swiss signals, Le Fayet station was the only part of the Saint-Gervais-Vallorcine line to have standard SNCF light block signals. Here, a Z 800 EMU has just passed the station’s exit signal.
Existing Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet station, the track crosses the Bon-Nant on a metal bridge.
Existing Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet station, the track crosses the Bon-Nant on a metal bridge.
A Z 850 EMU is crossing the Arve river before calling at Le Fayet.
A Z 850 EMU is crossing the Arve river before calling at Le Fayet.
At the feet of the Fiz mountain range, the set of standard-gauge tracks of Le Fayet appears mostly unused here.
At the feet of the Fiz mountain range, the set of standard-gauge tracks of Le Fayet appears mostly unused here.
At the feet of the Fiz range, this Z 850 EMU is crossing the Arve river next to level crossing number 1.
At the feet of the Fiz range, this Z 850 EMU is crossing the Arve river next to level crossing number 1.
A long flat straight line section leads to Chedde station.
A long flat straight line section leads to Chedde station.
Looking in the other direction, this Z 800 EMU is heading towards the terminal station in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le-Fayet.
Looking in the other direction, this Z 800 EMU is heading towards the terminal station in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le-Fayet.
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