Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois
, abbreviated CFL
) is the national railway company of Luxembourg
Luxembourg , officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg , is a landlocked country in western Europe, bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. It has two principal regions: the Oesling in the North as part of the Ardennes massif, and the Gutland in the south...
. In 2005, the company carried approximately 14.1 million passengers and 11.7 million tonnes of goods. It employs 3,090 people, making CFL the country's seventh-largest corporate employer.
The Luxembourgeois rail system comprises 275 kilometres of track, of which 140 km is double track and 135 km single track. There are 617 route-kilometres of track, 574 km of which is electrified. The majority of the electrified track (526 km) is operated at 25 kV, 50 Hz, though some 48 km is run at 3 kV DC.
Luxembourg borders Belgium
Belgium , officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal state in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters, and those of several other major international organisations such as NATO.Belgium is also a member of, or affiliated to, many...
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...
. Correspondingly, there are cross-border services into these countries. Some are wholly run by CFL, whereas others are run by SNCF
The SNCF , is France's national state-owned railway company. SNCF operates the country's national rail services, including the TGV, France's high-speed rail network...
, NMBS/SNCB and DB
Deutsche Bahn AG is the German national railway company, a private joint stock company . Headquartered in Berlin, it came into existence in 1994 as the successor to the former state railways of Germany, the Deutsche Bundesbahn of West Germany and the Deutsche Reichsbahn of East Germany...
. CFL passenger trains cover the majority of the network.
CFL operate the majority of their passenger trains using EMU
An electric multiple unit or EMU is a multiple unit train consisting of self-propelled carriages, using electricity as the motive power. An EMU requires no separate locomotive, as electric traction motors are incorporated within one or a number of the carriages...
s and electric locomotives with push-pull stock. Two DMU
A diesel multiple unit or DMU is a multiple unit train consisting of multiple carriages powered by one or more on-board diesel engines. They may also be referred to as a railcar or railmotor, depending on country.-Design:...
s are also in service in CFL livery. They also have a fleet of diesel locomotives for operating freight and general shunting.
Luxembourg is a member of the International Union of Railways
The UIC , or International Union of Railways, is an international rail transport industry body.- Brief history :The railways of Europe originated as separate concerns. There were many border changes after World War I and the Treaty of Versailles. Colonial railways were the responsibility of the...
(UIC). The UIC Country Code
The UIC Country Code is a two digit number used to identify member countries of the International Union of Railways . The UIC has issued numbering systems for rolling stock and train stations that both contain the UIC Country Code. The values are defined in UIC leaflet 920-14.-Table of Codes:-...
for Luxembourg is 82.
CFL advertise their passenger services as 6 lines:
- Line 10
Line 10 is a Luxembourgian railway line connecting Luxembourg City to the centre and north of the country, and on to Liège, in Belgium. The terminus at the southern end is Luxembourg railway station, whilst the terminals at the northern end are Diekirch, Wiltz, Troisvierges and Liège...
Luxembourg - Troisvierges-frontière - Liège (Belgium), Kautenbach - Wiltz and Ettelbrück - Diekirch
- Line 30
Line 30 is a Luxembourgian railway line connecting Luxembourg City to Wasserbillig, and on to Schweich, in western Germany. The terminus at the western end is Luxembourg railway station...
Luxembourg – Wasserbillig-frontière - Trier (Germany)
- Line 50
Line 50 is a Luxembourgian railway line connecting Luxembourg City to the west of the country, leading to Kleinbettingen and on to Arlon, in south-eastern Belgium. The terminus at the eastern end is Luxembourg railway station...
Luxembourg - Kleinbettingen-frontière - Brussels (Belgium)
- Line 60
Line 60 is a railway line connecting Luxembourg City to the Red Lands of the south of Luxembourg, and on to France. The terminus at the northern end is Luxembourg railway station, whilst the terminals at the south are Rumelange, Pétange, and the French towns of Thionville, Volmerange-les-Mines,...
Luxembourg - Thionville (France)/Volmerange-les-Mines (France)/Rumelange/Audun-le-Tiche (France) and Pétange - Esch-sur-Alzette
- Line 70
Line 70 is a railway line connecting Luxembourg City to the south-west of Luxembourg, and on to Belgium and France. The terminus at the north-eastern end is Luxembourg railway station, whilst the terminals at the south are the French town of Longuyon and the Belgian town of Athus...
Luxembourg - Pétange - Athus (Belgium)/Longuyon (France)
- Line 80
Line 80 is a Luxembourgian railway line connecting Rodange to Belgium. It is designated Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois, but predominantly operated by NMBS/SNCB. The services overlap with those designated as Line 70...
Arlon (Belgium) - Rodange - Virton (Belgium)
Internally they use a different system with more sub divisions:
- 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
- Same gauge:
Belgium has an extensive rail network. It is a member of the International Union of Railways . The UIC Country Code for Belgium is 88.-History:...
— same change 3 kV DC
Rail transport in France is mostly operated by SNCF, the French national railway company. France has the second largest European railway network, with a total of 29,901 kilometers of railway...
— same change 25 kV AC
, Germany had a railway network of 41,315 km. 19,857 km are electrified. The total track length was 76,473 km. Germany is a member of the International Union of Railways . The UIC Country Code for Germany is 80.-Overview:...
— voltage change 25 kV AC/15 kV AC
- History of rail transport in Luxembourg
The history of rail transport in Luxembourg began in 1846 and continues to the present day.-Origins:The first negotiations for the creation of a railway on the territory of the Grand Duchy began in 1845. A preliminary agreement was signed with an English company on 4 June 1846, but did not...
- CFL locomotives & Rolling Stock
- Trams in Luxembourg
Trams in Luxembourg started operation in 1875 when the first horse trams ran in Luxembourg City along a 10 km line. Electrification followed in 1908. The original track followed a route from the central station through the city centre to Limpertsberg. It was extended to various parts of the...
- Transport in Luxembourg
Transport in Luxembourg is ensured principally by road, rail and air. There are also services along the River Moselle which forms the border with Germany. The road network has been significantly modernised in recent years with motorways to adjacent countries...
External links CFL official website 2006 Annual Report