de Boutdeville, 22360 Langueux-les-Grèves, France
photos September 2015
The Chemin de Fer du Côtes du Nord is
situated at Boutdeville near St. Brieuc in Brittany France. Its "raison
d`être" is to resurrect
part of the metre gauge system
that once linked Saint-Brieuc with Yffiniac.
On its site is a shed containing rolling
stock which will one day run on the restored section of the CdN which
452 Km of metre gauge railway in Brittany. It has an impressive
track layout with other stock displayed in the open.
The on site trailer is the ticket
information office with shop selling railway books & memorabilia.
Also on site is the Tramway
de Boutdeville which runs on a 400mm track around the site of le
musée de la Briqueterie - a musuem
devoted to brick making once carried out here.
Here one of the electrically powered
trams passes the engine shed of the 400mm system and returns to the
"La Petite" is a steam outline battery powered loco.
When I arrived on site there was only the
tramway open, the metre gauge stock has not operated regularly since
However I noticed that the storage shed was later opened and two workers
disappeared inside! I poked my head round the door
and was warmly welcomed, in French, with "entrez, entrez".
Fortunately I speak a little French and
one of the workers spoke good English, being a member of the K&ESR.
I was treated to
a private viewing of their collection starting with the De Dion
autorail OC2, originally used on
the Réseau Breton.
Above is De Dion Bouton autorail of 1938
and used on the Réseau des CdN.
The Billard draisine no 103 originally
used on the Réseau Breton.This
vehicle attended the CdF Baie de Somme
Fête à Vapeur in 2013.
The draisine carries an ingenious
"portable turntable" seen across the running line. Using steel ramps on
each rail the vehicle is
driven onto the device which the allows the whole raised vehicle to be
turned for return travel.
The Brimont-Latil TL
standard gauge and used at Loudéac.
It has been converted to metric gauge and still uses rubber tyres.
The 0-6-0 diesel shunter, of German
origin, was started and run over the siding for a group of visitors to
Nothing was too much trouble for the volunteers!
1928 built Orenstein & Koppel 0-6-0
bought by the CdN in March 2001. It awaits funding before
restoration begins. Behind it is one of two Swiss coaches bought by the
railway in 2013.