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Safety requirements for shooting on location with SNCF

Want to make your film on location with us? Here’s what you need to know about rail industry risks and our prevention plan.

Our prevention plan

At SNCF, safety is fundamental to our business—a challenge we face every day.

If you’re working with a large crew and bulky equipment, your shoot can disrupt the flow of people through a station, requiring extra care to keep everyone safe. Note that when SNCF authorizes a film shoot, we take responsibility for its consequences, and our representative is responsible for any accidents to persons.

During the scouting process, your production company must explain your expectations to the SNCF representative for the site, who is responsible for laying out all of the safety and operating restrictions. Once the two sides are in agreement, the safety requirements will be documented in a “prevention plan”.

Top three risks in rail environments

Rail traffic

Rail accidents are rare but extremely serious. People don’t always hear trains coming, and one train can hide another. Our prevention plan documents the safety requirements for your shoot.

Electrocution

The catenaries that power our trains carry 25,000 volts of alternating current or 1,500 volts of direct current. If you use bulky, conductive equipment near our tracks, you must be extremely vigilant.

Passenger traffic

If crowds of passengers get too close to your set, it’s all too easy for people to be jostled and even knocked over. The risk is even greater when a train pulls in: up to 1,000 people can pour out of a TGV in just a few minutes.