Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, France - 30th August 2015
The old halt on the metre gauge Reseau
Breton is home to an interesting railway revival group intent on
travel on the section between Bon Repos and Gouarec.
In May 2015 a 60cm gauge line was opened
on the Bon Repos site giving rides to the public. On my visit in August
this consisted of a re-engined Motor Rail Simplex diesel in
between two open passenger carriages.
A view of the site with 60cm track on
right and metre gauge in front of station.
The Motor Rail Simplex. As the driver
described it - A British locomotive, with a German diesel engine,
operating in France!
A view of 60cm stock on the western edge
of the site seen from the train.
At the present limit of westerly travel
is a sprung point which allows access to the track on right which climbs
in an easterley direction past Bon Repos Halt.
A nice view of the railcar on the metre
gauge in the station road seen from the raised section of the 60cm run.
Approaching the limit of easterly travel.
The train will run through the point and reverse to take
the right hand track back to the station.
A locotractor at the entrance to the
Some remains of the Réseau
Breton in the area
Gouarec station tastefully restored as a
Gite d'étape offering accomodation. It is well placed for cycling
with plenty of dedicated routes or sentiers de randonnées
Caurel station, now a private residence
with the local football pitch occupying the railway yard. After closure
metre gauge Reseau Breton it was home to the short lived Réseau
Guerlédan, a 12.25 in tourist railway operated
between 1978 & 1979 running on the old trackbed between Caurel
and Műr-de-Bretagne.This was
operated by two
steam locomotives which are now on the Fairbourne Railway in
Wales. ("Yeo" & "Sherpa"- both renamed in Wales)
An overbridge carries the bridleway,
which now occupies the old trackbed, over Pors Guer in Caurel.
The bridleway running parallel with Pors
Lostic in Caurel.
The bridleway crosses a minor road
between Caurel and Műr-de-Bretagne. Rails are still in evidence in the
The station at Műr-de-Bretagne.
In foreground are two of the 18 boules courts on the site. There is
camping car area and a large car park.