SNCF Class X 72500

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The SNCF Class X 72500 diesel multiple units were built by Alstom between 1997 and 2002. They operate longer distance TER services, particularly in the areas south and west of Paris, the Paris to Laon line, around Tours, Nantes, Toulouse, Lyon, Dijon, Nevers, Grenoble, Bordeaux and the South Coast of France. They do not operate in the far north of France. The X 72500 units come in two types: Three sets can be coupled where required The maximum speed is 160 kilometres per hour (99 mph). Units are equipped with two MAN six-cylinder engines of 300 kilowatts (400 hp) per motor vehicle. Each train has four engines for traction, giving a total power of 1,200 kW (1,600 hp). The engines drive a hydromechanical Voith transmission. Additionally each vehicle also includes a 135 kW (181 hp) Perkins/Mecalte diesel generator for auxiliaries (lighting, air conditioning, door controls, etc..). The braking system is provided by mechanical disc brakes coupled to a hydrodynamic engine brake. The driving position, TGV type centered in the cab, was designed to facilitate the work of the driver. It also includes elements to enable Driver Only Operation (but the absence of CCTV/mirrors require a second

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