Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - The Central Var Line

Roger Farnworth Dec 30, 2018

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    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. ...

    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/ligne-de-central-var-part-1
     
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    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:

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2017/11/2...s-sur-mer-part-1-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-20


    The second half of my blog on the TAM tramway between Grasse and Cagnes-sur-Mer:

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2017/11/2...s-sur-mer-part-2-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-21

    There was also a Tramway between Grasse and Cannes. This next post covers that line ....

    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/tramway-between-grasse-and-cannes-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-22


    Grasse also benefitted from a funicular railway linking the town centre with the PLM railway station. This post provides details of the funicular and also of plans which have been made but not yet implemented(if they ever will be) for a new funicular. .....

    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/funicular-railway-in-grasse-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-23


    And a PLM (SNCF) branch-line from Cannes to Grasse which is covered by this next post. This includes a link to a video of a cab-ride along the line:

    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/the-grasse-to-cannes-standard-gauge-line-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-24



     
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    The Central Bar Line continued from Grasse towards Meyrargues .......

    This length runs from the station in Grasse to Peymeinade:

    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/ligne-de-central-var-part-5-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-25


    This next length of the Central Var line runs from Peymeinade to Tanneron. After the invasion by allied forces in 1944 and the destruction by retreating German forces of a number of Viaducts, Tanneron became the eastern terminus of the Central Var line and remained so until full closure of the line early in 1950.

    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/ligne-de-central-var-part-6-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-26
     
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    I am working on completing a book about the Central Var line of Les Chemins de Fer du Sud de la France. About 75% of the way through the work now and reviewing my post of the length of the line to the West of Sillans-la-Cascade.

    I have realised that I omitted an important element of this section of the line - that It provided access to a number of mines. Two closest to the line were open-cast bauxite mines. Both were situated near Rognette which also appears not to feature in my original review of this length of the line.

    This revised post covers the section in question. ....

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/08/19/ligne-de-central-var-part-13a-sillans-la-cascade-to-barjols-chemins-de-fer-de-provence-85
     

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