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....).
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:
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