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The formations for each type of TGV trainset is detailed below. There are hundreds of TGV trainsets in service, and within a family there are always variations due to modifications made over the lifetime of each trainset. A note to trainspotters and rivet-counters: The formations in this page are not intended to be exact, but rather give the most representative configuration. In every trainset diagram, powered axles are indicated in red. You can skip directly to:

TGV PSE (Paris Sud-Est)

This is a typical configuration. All seating is coach (2+2 in second class, 2+1 in first). Details may vary from trainset to trainset. For the PSE family, the main variations are the following. Eight trainsets were formerly all first-class, subsequently converted to the standard configuration. As all the PSE trainsets were refurbished, new interiors were fitted similar to the TGV Réseau (see below), with a total of 350 seats (rather than 377, mainly because of differences in R1 and R8.) The configuration below is for the original PSE sets, prior to refurbishment in the late 1990s.

M1 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 M2
Class   1st 1st 1st Bar/2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd  
Seats   35 35 38 20 60 60 60 60 (368 Total)
Smoking   Yes No No Yes No Yes No No  
Toilets   1 1 1 - 2 1 2 1  
Phone   No No Yes Yes No Yes No No  
Notes   1 2 3  

(1) Baggage compartment, end bogie is powered
(2) Facing seats groups with tables, galley
(3) galley, end bogie is powered

TGV La Poste

Postal trainsets serve solely to carry mail, and have no interior facilities. In addition to three complete trainsets there is an additional half-trainset that serves as a spare.

M1 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 M2

TGV Atlantique

This is a typical configuration. Seating is coach (2+2 in second class, 2+1 in first) unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes. Details may vary from trainset to trainset.

M1 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 M2
Class   1st 1st 1st Bar 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd  
Seats   44 36 36 - 60 60 60 56 56 77 (485 Total)
Smoking   No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No  
Toilets   1 1 1 - 2 2 1 2 1 2  
Phone   No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No  
Notes   1 2 3 4 5 6  

(1) including 8-seat meeting room ("Le Salon"), baggage compartment, galley
(2) club seating with facing seats in semi-compartments, galley
(3) same as (2) without the galley
(4) 16 seats in family cubicles ("Le Carré")
(5) same as (4), baby changing table
(6) including 17-seat end compartment ("Le Kiosque")

TGV Réseau

This is a typical configuration. All seating is coach (2+2 in second class, 2+1 in first). Details may vary from trainset to trainset.

M1 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 M2
Class   1st 1st 1st Bar/2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd  
Seats   42 39 39 16 56 56 56 73 (377 total)
Smoking   No No Yes Yes Yes No No No  
Toilets   1 1 1 - 2 2 1 2  
Phone   No Yes No No No Yes No No  
Notes   1 2 3 4  

(1) including 6-seat meeting room ("Le Salon"), baggage compartment, galley
(2) galley
(3) 16 seats in family cubicles ("Le Carré")
(4) including 17-seat end compartment ("Le Kiosque")

TGV Eurostar

This is a typical configuration. All seating is coach (2+2 in second class, 2+1 in first). Details may vary from trainset to trainset. Particularly, the British regional trainsets with only 14 trailers (instead of 18) are the same as below without R4, R8, R11 and R15. Note, the second half of the trainset is the mirror image of the first. Total seating capacity is 794.

M1 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9
M2 R18 R17 R16 R15 R14 R13 R12 R11 R10
Class   2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd Bar 1st 1st 1st
Seats   52 60 60 60 60 - 39 39 27
Smoking   No No No No Yes No Yes No No
Toilets   1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1
Phone   No No No Yes No No No Yes No
Notes   1 2 5 3 4

(1) nursery, 16 seats in family cubicles, end bogie is powered
(2) train manager's office
(3) 2 galleys
(4) passport control and customs office, baggage compartment
(5) Smoking is not permitted in R14.

Thalys

This is a typical configuration. All seating is coach (2+2 in second class, 2+1 in first).

M1 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 M2
Class   1st 1st 1st Bar/2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd  
Seats   42 39 39 16 56 56 56 73 (377 total)
Smoking   No No Yes Yes Yes No No No  
Toilets   1 1 1 - 2 2 1 2  
Phone   No Yes No No No Yes No No  
Notes   1 2 3 4  

(1) including 6-seat meeting room, baggage compartment, galley
(2) galley
(3) 16 seats in family cubicles
(4) including 17-seat end compartment

TGV Duplex

This is a typical configuration. All seating is coach (2+2 in second class, 2+1 in first). A large proportion of the seats are facing, with tables in between.

M1 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 M2
Class   1st 1st 1st Bar 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd  
Seats   69 64 64 - 84 84 84 96 (545 total)
Smoking   No No Yes Yes Yes No No No  
Toilets   2 2 2 - 2 2 2 2  
Phone   No Yes No No Yes No No No  
Notes   1 2 3 4 1  

(1) baggage compartment
(2) office
(3) family cublicles
(4) same as (3), baby changing station

KTX (TGV Korea)

This is a typical configuration. All seating is coach (2+2 in second class, 2+1 in first), no smoking, with video entertainment.

M1 MT1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 T9 T10 T11 T12 T13 T14 T15 T16 T17 MT18 M2
Class   Econ. 1st 1st 1st 1st Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ. Econ.  
Seats   56 25 35 32 35 56 60 56 60 60 56 60 56 60 56 60 56 56 (935 total)
Phone   No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No  
Notes   4 1 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 4  

(1) handicapped-accessible lavatory, fax, video compartment, conductor's cabin
(2) drink vending machine
(3) snack vending machine
(4) end bogie is powered (MT = Motor Trailer)

World Speed Records

1981

Special configuration for TGV PSE trainset 16, 26 February 1981, 380 km/h (236 mph)

M1 R1 R? R4 R? R8 M2

1989

Special configuration for TGV Atlantique trainset 325, 5 December 1989, 482 km/h (300 mph)

M1 R1 R4 R6 R10 M2

1990

Special configuration for TGV Atlantique trainset 325, 18 May 1990, 515 km/h (320 mph)

M1 R1 R4 R10 M2

Last modified: February 2000

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