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Another trip to France, this time with an absolutely bargain seven day zone 1-5 (all Paris) region Navigo ticket which costs €22.80! I flew with FlyBe from Doncaster - Paris CDG and then purchased the ticket at the airport for an RER EMU into town. The first target was to try and finally get 7605 out of Montparnasse and after many attempts I got it, it was stabled on stock outside the station so until it looked ready to do something I did quick tips to Versailles-Chantiers and back. Once I had it I did a few more moves then walked to the Ibis Budget near La Verriere for my one night stay. Next morning I had another run with 7605 and then took a bus over to Gare de Lyon and started doing runs on the TER trains heading towards Laroche-Migennes, first time to Melun and then to Bercy to cover the fist of the two PM trains to Nevers that stop at Nemours Saint-Pierre giving me a new Sybic was a good start. Once back in Paris I went straight to Fontainebleau-Avon to check into the hotel then a trip to Melun to end up on winner 7246. The next couple of days were similar and I ended up doing a winning Sybic from Bercy three nights running. On the Friday morning I went to Trilport and thanks to late running on the first inbound from Le Ferté-Milon I managed to cover both diesels and got two winners! I then went to St-Lazare and picked two new 17000s so had a good day. After two rounds trips to Fontainebleau-Avon I went to Nord for a round trip to Boulogne on a pre-booked web ticket at €15 each way. It ended up being my worst ever SNCF farce, ninety late start, all change Amiens, DMU to Abbeville, southbound train caped, DMU back to Amiens and a bus to Paris arriving 00.30! Next day went better a round trip similar ticket to St-Quentin with 15000s and thankfully no carts or buses! Monday was an ECÓ ticket with a new Sybic to Bordeaux and then a 22000 to Montpellier for one night. Fast TGV to Lyon next morning and I bought a one week season ticket to enjoy the Dijon 7200 and Chambéry 22000 turns. I did plenty of travelling around locally on the many loco hauled turns in this excellent area. On the Thursday it was full sunshine so I had a couple of hours at Quincieux which was nice and busy with southbound freights. Due to digging north of Lyon at the weekend lots extra freights diverted via Ambérieu so I had a few hours there but no sunshine sadly. I returned home on the Sunday, ching tram to the airport and FlyBe back to Stansted
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