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Metre Gauge Railways in Provence - the Central Var Line

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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. ...




The second post in a series about the Central Var line in Provence:




There were a number of these metre-gauge lines in Provence. Only one is now left in operation.


The three lines included: the Central Var Line, which ran from Nice to Meyrargues; Le Macaron, which ran along the coast between Toulon and St. Raphael; and a line which headed into the Alpes Maritimes from Nice, eventually reaching Digne les Bains.


I hope to post about all three of these lines. This thread relates to the first of them. The lines will be covered in some detail.


This next post covers a tramway branch which linked with the Central Var line in Vence.




While of the same track gauge as the Central Var, the loading gauge for these trams and tramways was much narrower. It had to be to allow services on the narrow roads of the time.

Edited by rogerfarnworth

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