P`tit Train de la Haute Somme
"Vapeur en Fête" - 29th September 2019
The scene at Froissy running shed on a
dull overcast Sunday morning, with locos raising steam. On left is 1916
built Decauville 030T CFCD No 5,
Borsig 1918 built 040 CFCD No 7 and the Vulcan 040 of 1925.
With fires burning well staff are busy
cleaning the three locos.
About 10.30am the big Vulcan moves off
shed in clouds of steam...
... and reverses towards Froissy station
where it will pick up its train. I
return to my car as I wanted to photograph this train at Dompierre.
I`ve visited the little train of the High
Somme several times but never managed to see it running into the
terminus at Dompierre Becquincourt.
The terminus is some way from the village
(church steeple can be seen in distance) and the services in early and
late season normally
stop at the plateau just after crossing the road after the "Z".
The railway was adapted after WW1 to
serve the large sucerie (sugar factory) in Dompierre and rails can still
be seen in the road surface
as the track would have crossed Rue de Cappy instead of terminating by
the hoarding on the other side of the road.
The old sucerie can be seen across the
fields and has now been converted to some other industrial use.
of September 2019 was "Festival en Vapêur" and the first train of the
day from Froissy was to run the
whole length of the line to Dompierre.
I decided to photograph lineside rather
than ride the train (a difficult decision!). Here the Vulcan loco brings
the train into view, about 11.40am.