Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Line

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Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Line

Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:23 am

The Nice to Digne metre-gauge line is the only one of the metre-gauge lines near Nice to remain open. Despite a chequered history its future now seems relatively secure. This is the first post about this line. I have travelled on it a few times in recent years and will do again when we are in Nice once more. It has seen some dramatic improvements in the permanent way and rolling stock in the past 5 or so years.

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Lin

Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:25 am

On a number of occasions, my wife and I have travelled on the line between Nice and Digne. our first trip was, I think, in 2001. I have still to find the photos. Uploading a lot of photos to the forum is not the best idea so I have provided a link to those taken by me in 2011.

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Lin

Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:27 am

I do not know if it's interesting to forum members. I have found this thread on the site of the railroad simulator, Railsim-fr. ....

http://www.railsim-fr.com/forum/index.p ... des-pignes

It seems to pick up quite faithfully on some of the buildings on the site of the Gare du Sud in Nice.
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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Lin

Postby rogerfarnworth » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:09 am

The journey from the Station in Nice begins with the length through the suburbs of Nice and out onto the side of the River Var. We get as far as Colomars (La Manda) in this episode. I hope you enjoy it.

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Lin

Postby rogerfarnworth » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:21 am

There was a short line which ran through the streets of Nice linking the Gare du Sud to the central railway station in Nice. It was less than a kilometre long and I have done some research into the line and the locomotive which was predomiantly used to move wagons along it ... CP 51. You can get the story on this link ...

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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Lin

Postby rogerfarnworth » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:42 pm

The next length of the journey along the Nice to Digne railway line starts at La Manda and takes us to Plan du Var, where the TAM formed a junction with the Nice to Digne line. The TAM operated the line from Plan du Var to St. Martin Vesubie.

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We begin the next stage of our journey along the Nice to Digne les Bains line at Colomars Station. The modern halt is on a section of railway line which was not part of the original alignment. The as-built alignment had to accommodate access for the branch-line to the bridge over the River Var and had to allow for a height gain to permit trains to travel over the top girders of the truss-bridge over the Var.
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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Lin

Postby rogerfarnworth » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:48 am

In the last post we noted that there was a short-lived tramway which left the Nice to Digne line at Plan du Var. It travelled up the Valley of the River Vesubie as far as St. Martin Vesubie.

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Tramway services left Plan du Var Station travelling North and diverged from the Nice to Digne line before reaching the Vesubie River. The images below are old postcards of the location of the junction and show the development of the site over a number of years. Initially a stone arch bridge took the road over the Vesubie, but when this failed it was replaced by the concrete arch bridge visible in some of the pictures.
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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Lin

Postby rogerfarnworth » Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:03 am

This is the next stage of the journey up the Valley of the River Var on the Nice to Digne metre-gauge railway:

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After a detour to look at the metre-gauge TAM tramway from Plan du Var to St. Martin Vesubie we continue along the main line toward Digne. We board the train once again and head North from Plan du Var. ..... North of the Station the line crosses the River Vesubie and continues on the east side of the River Var towards Chaudan, about 2 kilometres north of Plan du Var. .......
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Re: Metre-Gauge Railways in Provence - the Nice to Digne Lin

Postby rogerfarnworth » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:14 am

This post covers another short-lived tramway which provided a service up the valley of l'Esteron from Pont Charles Albert over the River Var to Roquesteron, a distance of more than 20 kilometres.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/tam-tramway-in-the-valley-of-the-river-esteron-revisited-chemins-de-fer-de-provence-66

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Before the tramway was constructed the Charles Albert Bridge was a suspension bridge (built by Marc Seguin in the mid-19th Century) [2] but this bridge was not designed to accommodate tramway loading. In 1913 it was rebuilt to accommodate the trams, just as was necessary with the Pont de la Mescla on the Tinée tramway. The replacement structure had six spans of over 30 metres in concrete built by the company Thorrand. In the foreground of the image immediately below, there is the Pont-Charles Albert stop and the lime kilns at La Lauziere overseen by the perched village of La Roquette sur Var, © Yann Duvivier. [6] This 'new' bridge was replaced in the mid-20th Century by the one which is in use today.


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