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Chemin de Fer Touristique du Haut-Quercy - Train a vapeur de Martel
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Martel
Certificate of Excellence
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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Magnificent train ride”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

This little steam train runs from 46600 MARTEL, France to St-Denis-les-Martel (about 6km) and return. Clinging to the side of the mountain the train affords magnificent views of the river Dordogne below. On the outward journey there is a stop for photo opportunities and on the return a unique refreshment stop. The train runs only from April to September and the steam engine is sometimes replaced by a diesel. A website gives all train times and dates.

Visited June 2011
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South Yorkshire, England
Level 6 Contributor
250 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Great railway with fantastic views”
Reviewed October 2, 2011

I admit to being a railway enthusiast, and this is the seventh French preserved railway I have visited - but it is really good. The volunteers were excellent, and worked hard to make the trip enjoyable. They have done a wonderful job in creating a really good experience for the visitor. But the highlight is undoubtedly the view that you get on leaving the tunnel and finding you are on top of a tremendous cliff with a wonderful view.

And Martel is a very pleasant historical town too.

Visited September 2011
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Vancouver Island, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“I Liked It!”
Reviewed September 28, 2011

This attraction is interesting, but not exciting. A good choice trip for young families and for the retired set as it's pace is slow and easy. I enjoyed the slow trip down the tracks through the five tunnels and was extremely pleased that information was provided in English. The stop halfway down at a viewing platform that was 200+ feet above the valley was great. The locomotive was only used to pull the open carriages up from St. Denis, a shunter was used on the trip down. This train doesn't turn around and the trip is exactly the same both ways.

Visited September 2011
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