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

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – Le Fayet, kilometer 0.000

Saint-Gervais-les-Bains – Le Fayet, often simply called Saint-Gervais or Le Fayet, is the origin of the Mont-Blanc Express line on the French side. Located in the lower Arve valley (580 m above sea level), the station is the terminal point of the standard gauge railway coming from la Roche-sur-Foron and Annecy on one side, Annemasse and Geneva on the other side. It is served by high speed trains (TGV), regional trains (TER) and Geneva metropolitan services (line L3 of Léman Express).

Across the SNCF station, passengers can change to Tramway du Mont Blanc (TMB), a rack railway leading to Nid d’Aigle (“Eagle’s Nest”, 2362 m), on the route to Mont Blanc.

A Z 850 EMU is ready to take passengers at Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet. It waits near the shed-workshop for the metric rolling stock.
A Z 850 EMU is ready to take passengers at Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet. It waits near the shed-workshop for the metric rolling stock.
In Le Fayet, from left to right: a TGV Sud-Est, a Z 27500 and a Z 850.
In Le Fayet, from left to right: a TGV Sud-Est, a Z 27500 and a Z 850.
In Le Fayet, a BB 26000 (“Sybic”) is pulling a Corail train.
In Le Fayet, a BB 26000 (“Sybic”) is pulling a Corail train.
In Le Fayet, the Z 856 meets two Z 27500 EMUs of the standard-gauge network.
In Le Fayet, the Z 856 meets two Z 27500 EMUs of the standard-gauge network.
The U 20204 and U 20205 hopper cars, coupled to a Z 600 EMU, are parked in front of the work shed in Le Fayet.
The U 20204 and U 20205 hopper cars, coupled to a Z 600 EMU, are parked in front of the work shed in Le Fayet.
Three electric multiple units and passengers in Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet.
Three electric multiple units and passengers in Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet.
The tracks that leave Le Fayet are equipped with luminous signals. They are the only one of their kind on the whole railway.
The tracks that leave Le Fayet are equipped with luminous signals. They are the only one of their kind on the whole railway.
In Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet, the head station of Tramway du Mont Blanc (TMB) is located right across the SNCF station.
In Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet, the head station of Tramway du Mont Blanc (TMB) is located right across the SNCF station.
Start of the TMB track.
Start of the TMB track.
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