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Rail transport in Luxembourg

Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (CFL)
Government-owned corporation (92% Luxembourg, 6% Belgium, 2% France)
Industry Rail transport
Founded 14 May 1946
Headquarters Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Area served Luxembourg, parts of Belgium, France, Germany
Key people Jeannot Waringo, President
Alex Kremer, Director-General
Products Rail transport, Cargo transport
Revenue Increase €559.68 million (2007)[1]
Operating income Decrease €11.49 million (2007)[1]
Net income Decrease €7.73 million (2007)[1]
Employees Decrease 3,090 (2007)[2]
Website CFL
Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois
Vielsalm on 24 June 2006.
National railway Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois
System length
Total 617 km (383 mi)
Double track 140 km (87 mi)
Electrified 574 km (357 mi)
Track gauge
25kV 50 Hz AC 528 km (328 mi)
3kV DC 48 km (30 mi)
Map of the Luxemburgian rail network

The Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois (Luxembourg National Railway Company, abbreviated CFL) is the national railway company of Luxembourg. In 2005, it carried approximately 14.1 million passengers and 11.7 million tonnes of goods.[3] The company employs 3,090 people, making CFL the country's seventh-largest corporate employer.[2]

The Luxembourg rail system comprises 275 route-kilometres, of which 140 km is double track and 135 km single track. Of the total track length of 617 km, 574 km are electrified. The majority of the electrified track (526 km) is operated at 25 kV, 50 Hz, though some 48 km are run at 3 kV DC.

Luxembourg borders Belgium, France and Germany. Correspondingly, there are cross-border services into these countries. Some are wholly run by CFL, whereas others are run by SNCF, NMBS/SNCB and DB. CFL passenger trains cover the majority of the network.

CFL operates the majority of its passenger trains using EMUs and electric locomotives with push-pull stock. Two DMUs are also in service in CFL livery. The company also has a fleet of diesel locomotives for hauling freight trains and for general shunting purposes.

Luxembourg is a member of the International Union of Railways (UIC). The UIC Country Code for Luxembourg is 82.

CFL Railway Network

Passenger Services

CFL advertises its passenger network as made up of seven lines:[4][5]

  • Line 10 Luxembourg - Troisvierges-Frontière - Liège (Belgium), Kautenbach - Wiltz and Ettelbrück - Diekirch
  • Line 30 Luxembourg – Wasserbillig-Frontière - Trier (Germany)
  • Line 50 Luxembourg - Kleinbettingen-Frontière - Brussels (Belgium)
  • Line 60 Luxembourg - Esch-sur-Alzette - Rodange, Bettembourg - Dudelange - Volmerange-les-Mines (France), Bettembourg - Noetzange - Rumelange and Bettembourg - Esch-sur-Alzette - Audun-le-Tiche (France)
  • Line 70 Luxembourg - Rodange - Athus (Belgium) with extensions to Arlon (Belgium) and Virton (Belgium), Rodange - Longwy (France) with extension to Longuyon (France)
  • Line 80 Thionville (France) - Esch-sur-Alzette - Longwy (France)
  • Line 90 Luxembourg - Thionville (France) - Metz (France) - Nancy (France)

Internally it uses a different system with more sub divisions:[6]

  • Ligne 1 Luxembourg - Troisvierges-Frontière
  • Ligne 1a Ettelbruck - Diekirch
  • Ligne 1b Kautenbach - Wiltz
  • Ligne 2a Kleinbettingen - Steinfort
  • Ligne 2b Ettelbruck - Bissen
  • Ligne 3 Luxembourg – Wasserbillig-Frontière via Sandweiler-Contern
  • Ligne 4 Luxembourg - Berchem - Oetrange
  • Ligne 5 Luxembourg - Kleinbettingen-Frontière
  • Ligne 6 Luxembourg - Bettembourg-Frontière
  • Ligne 6a Bettembourg - Esch/Alzette
  • Ligne 6b Bettembourg - Dudelange-Usines (Volmerange)
  • Ligne 6c Noertzange - Rumelange
  • Ligne 6d Tétange - Langengrund
  • Ligne 6e Esch-sur-Alzette - Audun-le-Tiche
  • Ligne 6f Esch-sur-Alzette - Pétange
  • Ligne 6g Pétange - Rodange-Frontière (Aubange)
  • Ligne 6h Pétange - Rodange-Frontière (Mont St. Martin)
  • Ligne 6j Pétange - Rodange-Frontière (Athus)
  • Ligne 6k Brucherberg - Scheuerbusch
  • Ligne 7 Luxembourg - Pétange

Rail links to adjacent countries

All neighbouring railways use the same gauge:

See also


External links

  • (French) CFL official website
  • (French) 2006 Annual Report
  • Google Earth software) from the Google Earth Community forum.

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