The Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme was born out of the idea of preserving the memory and the operation of the 'Réseau des Bains de Mer', which dates from 1887.
The railway was conceived to increase the limited mobility of the people of the Baie. A genuinely public form of transport in its time, the Réseau always safeguarded this spirit of service for all.
Thanks to its local communities, the Baie de Somme is a region well provided with cycle paths. The 'Réseau des Bains de Mer' complements this gentle mode of transport which respects the environment.
That's why the CFBS carries bicycles free of charge in all its trains, for cyclists who hold a valid ticket. Bicycles are carried in a van at one end of the train.
The Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme also carries tandems, so long as there is room!
For more information on cycle routes in the Baie de Somme, visit the site of the Syndicat Mixte Baie de Somme Grand Littoral Picard and the “Plan Vélo”, or go to the site of the Baiecyclette, partners of the CFBS.
The van is also available for carrying push chairs, rather than blocking the balconies of the coaches and to allow passengers and the guard to move more easily through the train.
People with limited mobility can travel on the Réseau des Bains de Mer, subject to certain conditions.
This historic railway, its buildings and its rolling stock, date from a time when there was less consideration for people with disabilities.
The CFBS has tried hard to improve the accessibility of some carriages and some buildings. The carriages recently acquired from Switzerland are the best so far as accessibility is concerned. To allow you to fully appreciate the charms of the journey, and to be aware of possible problems of accessibility, we ask you to contact us before your visit, and we will reply promptly.
The main problem concerns the height of the steps for entering the carriages. If you contact us in advance, our staff will advise you of an easier way to get on board.
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For the past couple of years, the CFBS has been planning to put into a service a carriage able to accommodate disabled passengers.