P`tit Train de la Haute Somme
With the rain now heavy I retreated to
the shelter of a large tree to capture the Borsig with a short freight
which is seen standing in
Cappy station until the passenger train in front clears the Z section.
Now with a clear line the freight train
begins its climb up to Cappy tunnel and the Z incline where it will run
round and return to Froissy.
A later passenger train approaching Gare
... with the freight train following
close behind. Lots of great "clag"!
The freight train again waits for
permission to proceed up to the Z.
The Vulcan bursts out of Cappy tunnel
with a later train and steam issuing everywhere.
The tunnel belches smoke & steam for
several minutes after the steamer.
Following this time is locotracteur T25
of 1941 with a short train of Pershing vans for the Z.
Back at Gare de Cappy the Vulcan is being uncoupled from its Froissy
It runs back over the points and then into the loop.
At the same time the Decauville is seen bringing an uphill train towards
It stops at the points, is uncoupled and then proceeds on to the stock
in the platform.
The Vulcan now comes out of the loop and couples up to the uphill train.
The Vulcan takes the loop, passing both the Decauvilles train and the
van train which has just arrived in the station from the Z.
With passenger trains now clear the diesel proceeds towards Froissy.
A most unusual arrival at Gare de Cappy was this 1917 Fairbanks-Morse US
These incorporate a 125cc engine and can reach 30km/h or more.
With no gearbox, or clutch, they have to be turned to travel in the
This was accomplished here using a jack.
The final train of the day is seen here climbing up from the Z
... to cross the Cappy-Dompierre road.
The loco runs round its train here at the plateau, a good mile or so
short of Dompierre. Passengers detrain for photos.
Despite the weather it was a really good day at this great narrow gauge
railway. Highly recommended!