18 Facts About SNCF


In 2010 the SNCF was ranked 22nd in France and 214th globally on the Fortune Global 500 list.

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SNCF operates almost all of France's railway traffic, including the TGV .

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Since the 1990s, SNCF has been selling railway carriages to regional governments, with the creation of the Train Express Regional brand.

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SNCF maintains a broad scope of international business that includes work on freight lines, inter-city lines and commuter lines.

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SNCF experts provide logistics, design, construction, operations and maintenance services.

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SNCF has employees in 120 countries offering extensive overseas and cross border consulting.

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SNCF was formed in 1938 with the nationalisation of France's main railway companies .

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In 1992 SNCF commissioned French academics to write a history of SNCF activities during World War II.

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However, historian Michael Marrus has written that claims that SNCF billed for third-class tickets and continued to seek payment after the war ended were made as part of a legal case brought against SNCF, and did not match with historians' understanding of what happened.

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Marrus argues that SNCF had no margin of maneuver during the German occupation and that the actions of SNCF employees were not ideologically motivated.

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In December 2014, SNCF agreed to pay up to $60 million worth of compensation to Holocaust survivors in the United States.

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SNCF recommended that the train take the most direct route between the two locations to reduce the complexity and cost of the project, but the SNCF's recommendations were cast aside by California politicians who wanted to divert the train through various communities, raising the cost and complexity of the project, as well as the expected travel time.

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SNCF pulled out of the project in 2011 and went to Morocco to help the country construct a bullet train service.

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In exchange, SNCF allows passengers on these flights to book railway services between Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy and Aix-en-Provence, Angers, Avignon, Bordeaux, Le Mans, Lille, Lyon Part-Dieu, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nimes, Poitiers, Rennes, Strasbourg, Tours, and Valence with their airline.

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From 1999 to 2013, SNCF's headquarters were located in the Montparnasse neighborhood of the 14th arrondissement of Paris, located near the Gare Montparnasse.

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Since July 2013, the SNCF headquarters are located in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis at 2, place aux Etoiles, 93200 Saint Denis.

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Since 1 January 2020 SNCF is a state-owned group consisting of a parent company with several independently operated subsidiaries:.

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SNCF has full or partial shares in a large number of companies, the majority of which are rail or transport related.

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