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Railway enthusiasts

Travel back in time to the age of the S.E.

You are nostalgic for the trains of past times, for steam engines or the authentic 'Willème' diesel engine from the 1950s, for local networks and branch lines?

The Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme welcomes you to the Réseau des Bains de Mer (the 'sea-bathers' railway') at the time when it was run by the well-known Société générale des chemins de fer Economiques (S.E.).

Experience once again, to the rhythm of the rails and the sound of the exhaust of the steam locomotive, the pleasure of travelling tranquilly and of being lead, the wind rustling your hair, across the preserved countryside of the Baie de Somme.

Discover the charm of the ‘Manage’ wooden coaches of the 1920s, the luxury of the saloon coach of 1889 (see also our special page), the power of Mogul-type locomotives characteristic of French secondary networks. It is also possible to charter a mixed train (goods and passengers) typical of between-the-wars, with wooden coaches, flat wagons, open wagons, and covered wagons.

Are you keen also on railway photography?

If you charter a special train, it can stop in different locations characteristic of the Réseau des Bains de Mer to allow photographers to take shots of the train on the line, before getting back on board for a timeless journey.



 

Why not obtain maximum benefit from your special train, by taking time to have lunch or dinner on board, just as you wish?

The CFBS is at your disposal to put together a programme made to measure to enable you to get the most out of your visit to one of the most dynamic railways in France or Europe. On demand, a visit to the main workshop at St-Valery Canal is possible subject to certain conditions (date, time, number of people, availability of a guide....).
 

Conditions

Prices for special trains vary according to the date, the composition of the train, whether a steam or diesel locomotive is used, whether the train travels on all or only part of the network, on board catering, supplementary services (saloon coach, guide, visit, room...). The CFBS reserves the right to amend times according to the requirements of the network.  Quotations are provided. Contact our office for an estimate for a programme to suit you.
To give you some idea: price for a steam-hauled special train for 50 people, from Saint-Valery to Noyelles and back: 1250 Euros.

 

Information
 

For enthusiasts and  those with expert knowledge of metre gauge rolling stock, here is a list, not comprehensive, of the Association's stock available for inclusion in the consist of special trains:

  • Bogie-coaches ex-SE Somme.
  • Bogie coache ex-SE Réseau Breton.
  • Bogie coache ex-PLM Orange - Buis les Baronnies.
  • 4w coach ex-VFIL Oise.
  • Bogie-coaches ex-Berner Oberland Bahn (Swiss).
  • Bogie-coaches ex-Yverdon Sainte Croix (Swiss).
  • 4w coach ex-Yverdon Sainte Croix (Swiss).
  • 4w coaches ex-Chemin de fer Electriques Veveysans (Swiss).
  • Saloon coach ex-SE Allier.
  • Vans ex-SE Somme, Seine & Marne,...
  • Wagons (flat wagons, open wagons, covered wagons, breakdown crane,...) ex-SE & others.

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