I took the train to
These were Corail coaches built in the 1970’s, built solid and rode very well. The toilets dumped on to the track and the seat reservation system was the old manual type where the conductor is given a sheet of tear off strips that are inserted individually in a slot outside the compartment. This means that seat reservations have to be closed 24 hours before the departure of the train whereas the modern trains (e.g. TGV) are done electronically and the seat reservations are set up when the conductor sets up the train number information at the beginning of the run.
This is a non-electrified cross country
route which took us
The new trams run right in front of the
station, one line
makes a loop around the station forecourt. I
didn’t have much time so I took a taxi to the
The museum is as impressive as the literature suggests. The first part tries to set the railway scene. It is pretty dark but well lit in the right places and there are a series of cameos – railway in wartime, elegant travelling, not so elegant travelling etc.. There are several models appropriately dressed and speaking in clear French.
However, the real exhibit is in the second
hall which has
lines of equipment, steam, diesel and electric together with some units
a Picasso car. The most impressive was a
231 which was jacked up so that the wheels revolved.
I duly caught the bus back to the station. It took half an hour as it goes around the houses but I had the timetable and the electronic board giving details of the next stop was very helpful. It must be pretty near impossible to get lost on here.
I walked a little way along the tramway into
town and then
it was time to board the train for the return to