SNCF lays on special trains for Pope's funeral

6th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 6 (AFP) - France's state rail company SNCF said Wednesday it had added two special trains to Rome, with a total of 1,700 places, at the request of a Catholic group wanting to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

PARIS, April 6 (AFP) - France's state rail company SNCF said Wednesday it had added two special trains to Rome, with a total of 1,700 places, at the request of a Catholic group wanting to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

The SNCF had already planned to operate two night trains to Rome before Friday's funeral, which are booked solid, and three high-speed TGV trains.

The two special trains added at the "exceptional request" of the Community of Emmanuel will leave Paris late Wednesday from the Gare d'Austerlitz, an SNCF spokeswoman said.

She noted that the rail company had seen increased reservations on TGV trains from Paris to the Riviera city of Nice, a possible stop on the way to Rome.

John Paul II, who died Saturday, will be laid to rest on Friday beneath Saint Peter's Basilica.

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Subject: French News

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