POLT Line: More than 5 hours late for a Paris-Cahors train, passengers arrive in the middle of the night

POLT Line: More than 5 hours late for a Paris-Cahors train, passengers arrive in the middle of the night
POLT Line: More than 5 hours late for a Paris-Cahors train, passengers arrive in the middle of the night

When Intercités 3665 left Paris for Cahors 30 minutes late, passengers had no idea that the train would ultimately be more than five hours late on arrival. It was a locomotive failure that caused the train to stop. barely half an hour after its departure, at Etampes station, 50 kilometers south of the capital. Passengers got out onto the platform and the delay continued to increase.

It took the arrival of a replacement locomotive and the arrival of a specialist to connect the locomotives before the train could continue its journey.We all applauded the specialist when he arrived, I have rarely seen someone get applauded when arriving at work” says Gabrielle, a passenger heading for La Souterraine in Creuse, philosophically.

A specialist agent came to connect the emergency locomotive.
Gabrielle R.

The conductor suggested that the passengers return to their starting point in Paris by RER. Three people fell ill while waiting. “But few people turned back. As for the delay, I was fine, I arrived at La Souterraine around 1:40 a.m., a friend volunteered to come and pick me up and take me to Guéret, but there were people for whom it was harder. My neighbor is going to the terminus, in Cahors, she will arrive at 4:35 a.m.” reports Gabrielle, who underlines the good state of mind of the passengers: “Frankly, almost no one complained. Almost everyone applauded in my carriage when the train started moving again. People made friends while waiting on the platform..”

The young woman took 7 hours and 40 minutes to reach La Souterraine from Paris, instead of the usual 2:50. Water was distributed to travelers, as well as a packed lunch at Vierzon station, where three travelers with connections were offered a pick-up at the hotel.

The train was delayed by 5 hours and 20 minutes, arriving in Cahors in the early morning.
Gabrielle R.
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