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Royan and Le Train des Mouettes

Cloudy day yesterday but managed to fit in a trip across the river to Royan and Le Train des Mouettes. Their website is https://www.traindesmouettes.fr/ my pictures a little later. Here’s one as a sample. It is the oldest working steam locomotive in France, dating from 1891. A couple more samples added, I have the remainder of the pictures in the album at this moment – https://1drv.ms/f/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqhJhK9hARD1Vlfox9gQ

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My itinerary :- cycle 9km Soulac sur Mer to the ferry at Pointe de Grave. Tie up the bike to a fence post. Luckily a ferry was waiting, so a 20 minute crossing to Royan, costs €3,30. Pleasant walk across the town for about 20 minutes to the bus station. Time to have a look around the area. Royan has an excellent beach right in the town, but the town itself has no architectural merit whatsoever. An ‘error’ by the US Air Force late in World War Two resulted in the town centre being bombed rather than the docks. Most of the town’s population had been evacuated, but nevertheless 442 civilians were killed and about the same number injured. Forty-seven German military were also killed.

The reconstruction of the town was in the modern brutal style, apart from the very unusual church. It was partly covered in scaffolding, but here’s a picture grabbed from the web.

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After that, a bus to Saujon, cost €1,60 it was a little late then held up in heavy traffic. But no worries. At Saujon a slight navigational error meant it was a 20 minute walk to the tourist railway rather than about 12.

After the train trip, which took an hour and 20 minutes, time for a little look around La Tremblade, a little town not quite on the coast. Then another bus back to Royan, a 45 minute ride but at the same flat fare of €1,60, followed by the same walk back across town to the ferry. Ferry was just arriving, not much of a wait to get back across to Pointe De Grave, untied the bike and an easy 9km back to Soulac and some well needed beer.

Royan and Le Train des Mouettes

Tagged: , on August 1, 2018 by cubsur51

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Visit to the Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells, Easter Monday 21st April.

I hadn’t been there since the line closed to regular passenger service in 1985. The Spa Valley railway runs between Tunbridge Wells West station and Eridge, where it shares the station with Southern Railway normal passenger trains. There is though no physical connection between the two railways.

The history of the line and other information can be found at the official website http://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/enthusiasts/History__Line_Closure/ and on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa_Valley_Railway

The  Spa Valley Railway operates a mixture of steam and diesel trains preserved from the past. On the day of my visit, trains were being hauled alternately by steam loco number 62, named Ugly, and diesel 33 062 which is of a type once very common around these parts. These were built between 1960 and 1962 and about 25 survive on various heritage lines around the UK and a few are still seen on the main lines hauling tour trains.

Tunbridge Wells West station is a half mile walk from the main station (Tunbridge Wells) which is served by frequent suburban trains of the South Eastern Railway from London and all parts. One the reasons given for the original closure of the line at Tunbridge Wells West was that it would be too complicated and expensive to construct a turnback facility for diesel trains at the main station when it was being electrified in 1986. A short stretch of track connected West and what was then called Central station.

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Visit to the Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells, Easter Monday 21st April.

Tagged: , , , on April 27, 2014 by cubsur51

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