Eurostar was a joint venture operation for running fast trains in the Channel Tunnel under the British Channel.
It was founded by the state railway companies of France, Belgium and the United Kingdom as a joint venture. After privatisation of
UK rail traffic, the UK part was transferred to a company called London and Continental Railways. Eurostar operated as a joint
venture 1994-2009 and has ever since been an independent international train operator of its own. Its main starting points are London St. Pancras,
Paris Gare du Nord and Brüssel Midi / Brüssel Zuid. Other served stations extend all the way to Marseille in the south of France.
Eurostar's fleet consists of 27 of class 373/1 (e300) sets, based on French TGV technology, plus 17 of the new class 374 Siemens Velaro
trains also known as e320.
This picture, taken through a safety glass at Paris Gare du Nord shows three of the older class 373 sets. This model was built
by the French company GEC Alsthom at its sites in La Rochelle (France), Belfort (France) and Washwood Heath (Britain) and by Brugeoise
et Nivelles (BN, now part of Bombardier Transportation) in Brugge (Belgium). The typical trainset is called "Three Capitals" and it is
a remarkably long train consisting of 20 coaches. There are also shorter, 16 cars long sets called "North of London", which were intended
as the name applies, for across the Channel tunnel traffic extending far inland into the British isles north of London, but this service
never materialised. Some of these sets were subsequently used by the French SNCF in French inland traffic. For pictures, see this archive
railpics.club -> France -> TGV.
All the trains in this picture are "Three Capitals" sets in their first (older) livery. Pictre from Paris Gare du Nord 27.1.2008 by Sanna
See also our page railpics.club -> Belgium -> Thalys+Eurostar