Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme

Footplate Experience 25th April 2018


Firemans view of the road ahead soon after leaving Le Crotoy.

The railway turns sharply left to cross the D940.

A cab view as we head towards Noyelles sur Mer.

The track had recently been relaid and rode really well.

The first working from Le Crotoy works to Noyelles sur Mer where the loco is then uncoupled and attached to the stock arriving with the first train
from St. Valery sur Somme. Thus our locomotive returns to Le Crotoy for a leisurely lunch!

No 1 stands outside the Le Crotoy loco shed at lunchtime.


A couple of cab shots of No 1.


Unfortunately after lunch loco no 1 was failed due to a slightly weeping fusible plug. The crew contacted control at St. Valery Ville depot and it was decided
to detach the St. Valery trains locomotive and despatch this light engine to Le Crotoy to take over our train. A diesel loco would haul the St. Valery train.

A drivers view of our train now hauled by Cail No 2 of 1889 -
seen after reversal at Noyelles sur Mer.

The Le Crotoy bound train seen from our train...

which is taking the St. Valery dual-gauge line at Noyelles.

The two trains will shortly diverge in opposite directions.

The entrance to St. Valery Port captured by my wife on her iphone.

The locomotive runs around its stock at St. Valery Port station on a very warm afternoon.

The loco pauses as the points are changed.

As can be seen dual gauge runs into Port station on the quayside.

Seen from cab as loco reverses up to stock.

The steam loco was removed at Noyelles sur Mer on last trip and returns to Le Crotoy.

The diesel leaves Noyelles.

View of the Le Crotoy line as it leaves Noyelles sur Mer.

My view from the rear facing driving position.

Just a few more minutes to Le Crotoy. The whole day was very enjoyable thanks to the staff and volunteers of the CFBS.
It cost just over £100 and in addition to the day on the footplate I was presented with a pack of locally produced food and drink,
plus a certificate! Highly recommended.

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