Historic Metre Gauge Railways in Provence in Southern France

Aug 2018
This is just a test to see what interest there might be on this Forum in the History of some of the fascinating railways which crisscrossed Southern France in the late 19th and early to middle 20th Century.

My wife and I travel each year to Nice or other towns/cities in Provence and on the Cote d'Azur. Out of these regular Autumn visits has grown an interest in the extensive network of metre-gauge lines which all were lost by the late 1950s with the exception of the Nice to Digne line.

I have been working on a series of blogs about the different lines. The post below is the first in a series about the Central Var line of Les Chemins de Fer du Sud de La France. ...


I appreciate that this might be too much of a niche topic for a forum about European History but I guess it is possible that this will be of interest to some?
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Aug 2018
A number of different railways met at Grasse. Two tramways, one from Cagnes-sur-Mer and one from Cannes approached the town from the south. A PLM branchline also linked Grasse to Cannes. There was a funicular railway linking the PLM (SNCF) railway station to the town centre, and there was the Chemins de Fer du Sud de la France Central Var line crossing the town on its way between Nice and Meyrargues.

This next post covers the first part of the story of the TAM tramway between Cagnes-sur-Mer and Grasse:

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