Veolia Transdev and Trenitalia have started their new
services on 11.12.2011. Thello is the new name for the good old night train connecting Paris [FR] with Venice [IT], formerly known as Artesia. It now starts in Gare de Lyon in the French capital, running through Dijon, entering Switserland, going on to Milano and ending in VenetiŽ Santa Lucia station.
For the French part of the route, SNCF no longer provides the locomotives. Trenitalia therefore has set up a new cooperation with Veolia; Trenitalia Veolia Transdev S.A.S., based in Paris. Three BB 36000 series locomotives are hired from Akiem to provide haulage from Paris to the Swiss border: BB
36007, 36011 and
36015. They kept their red and silver livery, now complemented with a white stripe and Akiem and Thello logos.
Masteris, SNCF's subsidiary for maintenance and overhaul, will maintain the locomotives. BB 36011 was the first unit to be handed over to Thello, on 02.11.2011. Driver training started on 22.11.2011. - Thello/RV
Update: more images are coming in. Sylvain Assez shows the BB 36015 before revenue services started in Perrigny. The second image shows the same locomotive on the first day of service in Dijon, where Thello changes crew.