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“A slice of history”

Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Coventry, United Kingdom
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“A slice of history”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

A rare opportunity to experience train travel from another era. It was great fun. Just beware that having the windows open whilst you travel could result in grubby trousers, especially if they are white, as the smoke can come billowing in.

Visited September 2012
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“Delightful journey”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

We travelled on the steam train from St Valery to Le Crotoy, had lunch and returned on the same day.
The journey takes you into the heart of the Somme Estuary with lots of wildlife and splendid views.One of the volunteers was in our carriage and informed us in English about points along the route and the history of the train.

Visited August 2012
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“An old-fashioned treat, a delight”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

The round-trip train journey from St Valery to Le Crotoy and back takes about three hours. This includes quite long stops at Noyelles, where the engine changes from one end of the train to the other.

Noyelles is also an SNCF stop, and if you are lucky the tourist engines and the SNCF engines "talk" to each other enthusiastically via their whistles.

The carriages have an open area, a sort of balcony, so if the weather is fine you can enjoy the trip "en plein air".

A thoroughly good experience, great fun for kids and adults alike. Cost for the three of us was about 30 euros.

Visited August 2012
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New Romney, United Kingdom
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“How Things Used to Be!”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

The metre gauge Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme somehow manages to retain the atmosphere of the minor railways that were once numerous in France in a way that many British preserved railways don't in the UK. Ancient wooden coaches (and some more modern brought in from a Swiss line - but suitably adapted). The "Bains de Mer" routes connect with the main line at Noyelles and run around the Baie de Somme to St Valery and Le Crotoy. There is usually a departure at the same time to both destinations and the little locos do a lot of whistling as the race each other for half a mile or so until the tracks head off in different directions. In the height of summer there is a third section (usually diesel only) which runs up through the fields from St Valery to the faded seaside resort of Cayeux. You should study the timetable carefully before travel as the trains run much less frequently than the British visitor would expect from a steam railway and should usually be prepared to have to spend two hours or so at the destination. The idea is that you eat at a local restaurant before return -for which the towns are well equipped. Parking is free but limited at Le Crotoy and paying and very full in summer at St Valery. Because of the limited frequency trains can get very full. Like many attractions in France almost no facilities for wheelchairs. Overall a very good day out.

Visited August 2012
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“All aboard”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

This charming town St Valery sur Somme has the added bonus of this delightful steam train ride.

One word of warning don't stand to close to the engine when they are steaming up as it is one loud noise!

This delightful old steam train takes you through the lovely area of the Bay of the Somme.The towns it stops at are : Noyelles-sur-Mer, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Cayeux-sur-Mer, or Le Crotoy. All interesting places to stop at and admire.

Watch out for all the different birds as you go gently travelling on the train.It gives you a feeling of calmness and serenity (Unlike travelling up to Waterloo!)

Their website for more infomation is : http://www.cfbs.eu/parcours-uk.html

Visited August 2011
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