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Northern & Central France 50th Ann. Steam Explorer

An amazing SIX steam lines, FOUR private charters and ONE special Steam Gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the scenic Baie de Somme line. Based in picturesque Amiens and the heart of Orléans.

View Dates & Book

7 days from £1299

 

DEPARTS

Friday 2 July 2021

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Special 50th anniversary of CFBS Steam Gala at the superb Baie de Somme Railway

  • Steam on the WW1 P’tit Train de la Haute Somme Railway

  • Steam charter on the metre gauge MTVS at Crevecoeur

  • Steam Charter at Chanteraines Park Narrow Gauge Railway

  • Steam Charter at

    Pithiviers "Musée des Transports"

  • Steam Charter at Le Train du Bas Berry metre gauge line

  • Based at historic Amiens and Orléans

  • Visit St Valery, a delightful Baie de Somme coastal resort

 

Fare inclusive of:

  • 6 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation & 1 sandwich lunch

  • Standard class rail travel and seat reservations where available

  • All excursions & admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

A tour to delight enthusiasts and partners alike, who appreciate the unique history of these railways along with the gentle pace of the tour allowing ample time to enjoy the relaxing café culture, local drink and cuisine in the delightful seaside resort of St Valéry or even take a break from the steam and enjoy a full day sightseeing in Paris. In the evenings take time to visit Amiens’ beautiful cathedral and enjoy local drink and cuisine in restaurants idyllically set on the banks of the Somme. Following Amiens, we travel to equally delightful Orléans which is situated on the banks of the River Loire. Orléans has a magnificent medieval cathedral, attractive city square and a modern tram system.

DAY 1

We depart London St. Pancras International by a lunchtime Eurostar to France and by local train service to Amiens where we stay for three nights at the Campanile Amiens Centre Gare, close to the station with numerous bars and restaurants nearby and along the banks of the River Somme. Each evening is free for you to explore and to dine at leisure at a restaurant of your choice, or to join your Tour Manager at our choice of typical French restaurants (not included in tour fare).

DAY 2

After breakfast we travel by local train to Noyelles to enjoy a day at the beautifully rural and rustic Baie de Somme railway Steam Gala. The event will be even more special in 2021 as it celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the CFBS Association. We journey on all lines by steam including the opportunity of travelling by steam on the Cayeux branch which is rarely open to passenger trains. In addition to the fabulous steam railway gala the railway's coastal resort of St Valery is a delightful resort famed for its local restaurants and the local speciality - mussels. Many events will be taking place during the gala including steam from all over France and Europe, plus markets, musical entertainment, and vintage cars…definitely an event not to be missed!

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DAY 3

Today we travel steam hauled on the superb 2ft gauge P'tit Train de la Haute Somme Railway. This former First World War line built in 1916 was used to supply equipment for the trenches and artillery for the Battle of the Somme. The railway runs alongside the Somme Canal and is now a popular tourist line with an excellent railway museum with model displays and locomotive display shed. A sandwich lunch will be provided during our visit. The 14 km round trip from Froissy parallels the now rural Somme canal before disappearing into a steeply inclined tunnel bursting out onto the high ground with panoramic views over the Somme Valley. This wonderful line with its roadside and canal-side running plus the experience of storming by steam through the 200m tunnel to the plateau above the valley is one of the great little lines of Northern France, a true delight.

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DAY 4

Our day commences with the first private steam photo charter at the new MTVS (Musée des tramways à vapeur) line at Crevecoeur. This is a metre gauge line which the society has built on a section of trackbed of the former cross county line from Saint-Omer-en-Chaussée to Amiens. The newly laid metre gauge line recreates the atmosphere of the rural narrow gauge lines which once criss-crossed the French countryside. From rural narrow gauge line to an urban narrow gauge line, our coach takes us to the Chanteraines Park Narrow Gauge Railway in the suburbs of Paris. The railway will be running a diesel hauled service for the general public and we've chartered a steam train and will also have a guided tour of the engine sheds and workshops. This evening we transfer to Etampes where we take the train to Orleans and our hotel for the next three nights, the Ibis Orléans Centre Foch Hotel.

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DAY 5

We have a free morning in delightful Orléans you may wish to ride the modern tramway which opened in 2000 or visit the magnificent medieval cathedral and at attractive city square. We travel by road to Pithiviers where we visit the "Musée des Transports" and a private steam charter on the 60cm Gauge Line to Bellebat. This is the preserved section of the Tramway de Pithiviers á Toury a narrow gauge roadside tramway which once ran from Pithiviers to Toury.

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DAY 6

We commence our day by taking the train to Salbris where we change to the narrow gauge line traveling on a diesel rail car to Valençay. At Valençay we board a private coach for the short journey to Écueillé for a steam hauled charter on the Le Train du Bas Berry metre gauge Line to Argy and return. The railway recreates the atmosphere of the narrow gauge lines which were once so common across rural France. We then continue by road coach back to Orléans.

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DAY 7

Our final day taking the mainline train to Paris and the Eurostar back to London St Pancras International.

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HOTELS

Holiday Inn Express Amiens

A good quality, modern hotel adjacent to the railway station. Spacious, light rooms have been designed to offer you a relaxed stay with tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi, telephone, and a safety deposit box. The hotel offers an extensive continental buffet breakfast.

 

Ibis Orléans Centre Foch Hotel

At the gateway to the Loire Valley, the 3-star Ibis Orléans Centre Foch hotel is located in a quiet area of the city centre, just a 10 mins stroll from the SNCF railway station and shopping area. This modern hotel en-suite bedrooms offer Wi-Fi, TV and telephone. The hotel has a bar and restaurant.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to/from Amiens/Orléans including Standard Eurostar

£1299

First Class rail travel to/from

Amiens/Orléans including Standard Premier Eurostar

£1599

Tour Base Fare Joining Amiens leaving Orléans

£1099

Single Room Supplement

£295


Fare inclusive of:

6 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation & 1 sandwich lunch

Standard class rail travel and seat reservations where available

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

GUARANTEED FARE – no currency surcharge

 

Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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