Le P'tit train de la Haute Somme
1971 - 2011 - 40th anniversary gala - June 2011

The P`tit train de la Haute Somme celebrated its 40th anniversary over 2nd to 5th June 2011. Having arranged a 2 week
holiday in the area a recce was made from Froissy on Sunday 29th May 2011 to look for suitable photographic locations.

The days motive power was Decauvilles 0-4-0T No 8069/1911 and 0-6-0T No1770/1920 both from Chemin de Fer des
Chanteraines. Steam locos were removed at Cappy Port and diesel T24 was attached to haul the train up to the Santerre Plateau.

The scene at Cappy Port as the steam locos are re-attached to the train which has just returned from the plateau.

The locos haul the train alongside the Somme Canal back to Froissy. 29/5/11

Scene at Froissy mpd on Tuesday 31st May 2011 as the boiler of 0-4-0T B Class of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway,
which arrived by road along with the Baldwin from England, is filled with water prior to steaming.

4-6-0T Baldwin No.778 on loan from the Leighton Buzzard Railway stands in steam at Froissy mpd on 1st June 2011

Stock in the museum shed is shunted to prepare the exhibition in the museum hall...

... assembled locos make a fine sight around the turntable. 1/6/11

Test runs were being carried out over the full line prior to the gala. The Dargeeling loco leaves
Froissy with a short rake of freight wagons 1/6/11

The LBR Baldwin is seen about to enter the tunnel at Cappy with another test freight train bound for Froissy. 1/6/11