SNCF is the French national railway company.
The acronym SNCF stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, which literally means: "French National Council of Paths of Iron".
SNCF operates almost all of France's railway system, including the TGV ("Train à Grande Vitesse", literally "high-speed train") and some segements of the RER, an urban public transportation network in and around the Paris region.
SNCF uses the IATA designator 2C in relation to journeys codeshared by the following airlines:
- American Airlines
- United Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Continental Airlines
- Northwest Airlines
- US Airways
In exchange, SNCF allows passengers on those flights to book rail service between Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy (near Paris) and Angers, Avignon, Bordeaux, Le Mans, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nimes, Poiters, Rennes, Tours, and Valence with their airline.
The company was created on January 1, 1938.
In the past, SNCF owned not only the trains, but also the tracks, but this has changed due to new European Union regulations. Starting from 1997, the tracks belong to a separate government establishment, the Réseau Ferré de France. This may, in the future, lead to several companies proposing services on the same network.
SNCF Railway France 1938