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Covid-19: behind the scenes of the medical high-speed trains

Our high-speed trains are being repurposed to carry critically ill Covid-19 patients from hard-hit regions to areas where hospitals have more capacity. Find out how these extraordinary missions are made possible.

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A major logistical challenge

Upon request from the French Department of Health, our first TGV was chartered on March 26 in order to transport patients in intensive care from heavily affected regions in the East to the West.

We have since been transferring numerous sick people across France in order to ease the pressure on the hospitals in the most saturated areas, i.e. the Grand Est and Great Paris regions.


patients have been transferred since the launch of the medical TGVs


Preparing the rolling stock, securing the trains, welcoming the nursing staff aboard, controlling the power supply… Each transfer requires a thorough organization. Around 200 people are hard at work in order to move severely ill patients safely.

Find out how our trains are being transformed into moving ICUs in the following video.

Video : Dans les coulisses du TGV médicalisé

  • 10

    transfers by medical TGVs since the beginning of the pandemic

  • 200

    people are required for each transfer

  • 48

    hours are needed to prepare these special trains

  • 200

    oxygen tanks in each train