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
A cab view as we head towards Noyelles
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
which is taking the St. Valery
dual-gauge line at Noyelles.
The two trains will shortly diverge in
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
As can be seen dual gauge runs into Port
station on the quayside.
Seen from cab as loco reverses up to
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
Just a few more minutes to Le Crotoy.
The whole day was very enjoyable thanks to the staff and volunteers of
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.