Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

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Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:08 pm

Is anyone up for a series of posts about Metre-Gauge Railways in France? There were a myriad of different secondary lines which were not standard gauge. They were of no interest to the main-line companies. In the South of France this was the PLM which eventually became part of the SNCF. These were different to our branch-lines as they could meander for miles (or, I should say, kilometres). The Central Var Line was part of a network of railways in Provence which ran on metre-gauge track. It provides some exciting themes for modelling.

My wife and I travel each year to Nice or other towns/cities in Provence and on the Cote d'Azur. Out of these regular Autumn visits has grown an interest in the extensive network of metre-gauge lines which all were lost by the late 1950s with the exception of the Nice to Digne line.

I have been working on a series of blogs about the different lines. The post below is the first in a series about the Central Var line of Les Chemins de Fer du Sud de La France. ...

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... var-part-1

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:50 am

The second post in a series about the Central Var line in Provence:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-14

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:51 am

Here is the third one .........

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-17

This tramway links in with the Central Var at Vence.

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:52 am

The next length of the Central Var Line takes us from Vence to Le Pont de Loup, the iconic viaduct which for many people defines the line:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-18

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:53 am

This post covers the length of the line from Le Pont de Loup to Grasse.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-19

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:16 pm

A number of different railways met at Grasse. Two tramways, one from Cagnes-sur-Mer and one from Cannes approached the town from the south. A PLM branchline also linked Grasse to Cannes. There was a funicular railway linking the PLM (SNCF) railway station to the town centre, and there was the Chemins de Fer du Sud de la France Central Var line crossing the town on its way between Nice and Meyrargues.

This next post covers the first part of the story of the TAM tramway between Cagnes-sur-Mer and Grasse:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... ovence-20/

The second half of my blog on the TAM tramway between Grasse and Cagnes-sur-Mer:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... ovence-21/

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:18 pm

There was also a Tramway between Grasse and Cannes. This next post covers that line ....

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-22

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:19 pm

The PLM (SNCF) branch-line from Cannes to Grasse is covered by this next post. This includes a link to a video of a cab-ride along the line:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-24

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:20 pm

Grasse also enjoyed a funicular railway linking the town centre with the PLM railway station. This post provides details of the funicular and also of plans which have been made but not yet implemented(if they ever will be) for a new funicular. .....

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-23

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:21 pm

The Central Var line of Les Chemins de Fer du Sud de La France continues from the station in Grasse to Peymeinade:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-25

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:15 am

This next length of the Central Var line runs from Peymeinade to Tanneron. After the invasion by allied forces in 1944 and the destruction by retreating German forces of a number of Viaducts, Tanneron became the eastern terminus of the Central Var line and renmained so until full closure of the line early in 1950.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-26

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:39 pm

The next length of the line starts at Tanneron and finishes at Seillans:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-27

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:40 pm

Our survey of the Central Var Metre-Gauge Line continues with the length from Seillans to Claviers ....

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-28

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:40 pm

The journey along the Central Var metre-gauge line continues from Claviers to Figanieres.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-29

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:41 pm

In this next post we reach Draguignan which very quickly became the premier town on the Nice to Meyrargues line.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/20 ... rovence-30


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