Monday, May 5, 2008


... the track is built on an alignment that would allow it
to be used in a future Paris-Orléans line. ...

The second and proper experimental track,
located in the north of Orléans,
between Saran and Ruan, was 18 km long.
It was built on piles which were between 6 and 7 meters
high above the ground.
The tests of the different prototypes took place from 1965 to 1975.
They were very successful
and the “I80 Aerotrain” reached the speed of 428km/h.
But the SNCF, that was partner of the project,
decided to invest totally on the TGV.
source: Pentacycle

Raphael Zarka and Vincent Lamouroux

Station just north of Domarville
the most-northern point of the 18.5 kilometer track.
The end stations must have provided a place
to turn the car around for its return journey
in the opposite direction.
source: Randy Lambertus

distant view of 'La sucrerie d'Artenay'

The main complex at Chevilly, France
The platform where the Aerotrain was hangared,
turned and staged for it's test runs.
source: Randy Lambertus

Today the cable and the tensioning mechanism
are still in place.
The cabins are nowhere to be found.
source: Randy Lambertus

Photo courtesy of Pierre Bouillet

The I80 HV with the jet turbine powerplant
passing over a farmer's field
in the countryside north of the city of Orleans.
source: Randy Lambertus

From: SebMollier - video 04:39
Un de mes montages (SMDV Prod)
J'ai vu l'aérotrain de mes yeux,y'a pas de ça 15 ans,
à Orléans et a Gometz, 2 modèles différents, abandonné et brulé
Et dans chacun je suis monté dans la cabine de pilotage.
Un super souvenir...

Aerotrain and Naviplanes
(english version of the french site)
If I said "AEROTRAIN" what would you think?

This question, I have often asked it during my research on Aérotrain.
I received many wrong, or sometimes fanciful, answers.
People old enough to have followed technical events
between 1965 and 1974 should remember this name.
Indeed, the name describes a process which,
when it was applied to a means of transportation,
created a revolution.
To begin, one must introduce the man who,
with his research team, has conceived
and developed this process.

Jean BERTIN, a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique, France,
worked as an engineer at SNECMA....

L'Aérotrain et Naviplanes (FR)

Le texte qui suit a été écrit en 1987 par
Monsieur Stéphane BASTIEN, alors journaliste.

Si je vous dis « AEROTRAIN », à quoi pensez-vous ?
Cette question, je l’ai souvent posée au cours de mon enquête
et j’ai reçu beaucoup de réponses fausses et parfois fantaisistes.
Les français qui étaient en âge de s’intéresser
à l’actualité entre 1965 et 1974 devraient s’en souvenir.
En effet, ce nom désigne un procédé appliqué à un moyen
de transport,
rendant celui-ci révolutionnaire.
Il faut, pour commencer, présenter l’homme qui, avec son équipe,
a imaginé et développé ce procédé.

Jean BERTIN, polytechnicien,
fonda après avoir été ingénieur à la SNECMA,....