A great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day of steam at the Baie de Somme line, 3 private steam charters, a vintage trams charter, WW1 battlefield tour, optional free-time in Paris, & the idyllic riverside café culture of Amiens
Thursday 1 June 2017
A great value tour to delight enthusiasts and partners alike, who appreciate the unique history of these railways along with the gentle pace of the tour allowing ample time to enjoy the relaxing café culture, local drink and cuisine in the idyllic seaside resort of St Valéry or even take a break from the steam and enjoy a full day sightseeing in Paris. In the evenings take time to visit Amiens beautiful cathedral and enjoy local drink and cuisine in restaurants idyllically set on the banks of the Somme.
Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre Steam Gala
Full day of steam at the superb Baie de la Somme line
Private steam charter on the metre gauge MTVS at Valmondois
Private steam charter at Train Touristique de la Vallée de la Scarpe (TTVS)
Private steam charter over the 60cm Chanteraines line
Private riverside vintage trams charter at Wambrechies
Tour of the WW1 trenches at Beaumont Hamel
Visit Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
Based at historic Amiens on the banks of the River Somme
Delightful Baie De Somme coastal resorts
Optional sightseeing day in Paris.
Thursday 1 June 2017 - We depart London St. Pancras International circa 12.57 hrs (Ebbsfleet 13.15 hrs) by Eurostar to France and by local train service to Amiens where we stay for four nights at the Hotel Campanile, adjacent to the station with numerous bars and restaurants nearby and along the banks of the River Somme.
Each evening is free for you to explore and to dine at leisure at a restaurant of your choice, or to join your Tour Manager at our choice of typical French restaurants (not included in tour fare).
Friday 2 June 2017 - Travelling by train to Paris and then by local train to Valmondois for a metre gauge steam charter over the MTVS (Musée des Tramways à Vapeur et Chemins de Fer Secondaires) short line, run-bys included and a visit to their depot containing steam locos, early diesel railcar and coaching stock from various small lines in France. There is time for lunch at a bar by the station before travelling by local train to Gennevilliers for another exclusive steam charter over part of the 60cm Chanteraines line. A visit to their depot and workshop is included. Later take the tram and RER service into Paris for our return rail journey to Amiens. If you wish to spend the day sight-seeing in Paris you might like to maximise your time by travelling on the Cityrama hop on hop off tourist buses.
Saturday 3 June 2017 - After breakfast we travel by local train to Noyelles to enjoy steam on the beautifully rural and rustic Baie de la Somme railway. We are awaiting confirmation of a special steam working from St Valery through to Cayeux-sur-Mer and return to enable us to cover the whole system with steam. In addition to the fabulous steam railway itself the railway's coastal resort of St Valery is a delightful resort famed for its local restaurants and the local speciality - mussels.
Sunday 4 June 2017 - We commence our day with a poignant visit to one of the best preserved WW1 battlefield sites at Beaumont-Hamel and a tour of the trenches may leave you aghast at the close proximity of the rival forces. We then continue to the Thiepval Memorial, one of the largest memorials in the world bearing the names of 72,000 soldiers who went missing during the battle..
Travelling on to the 2ft gauge Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre railway for its steam gala. This former First World War line runs alongside the Somme Canal and is now a popular tourist line with an excellent railway museum and features roadside and canal-side running, a switchback and a tunnel. Many locomotives will be in steam offering passenger rides and demonstration freight runs. Also in steam will be the 7.25" miniature line plus model displays in the museum. As there is so much going on we are including a sandwich lunch.
Monday 5 June 2017 - Our final day commences with another private steam photo charter at the Train Touristique de la Vallée de la Scarpe (TTVS). This excellent 60 cms steam line offers great rural canal side photo opportunities. We then conclude our tour with a private charter of two vintage trams at the canalside resort of Wambrechies which is a delightful venue to conclude our tour before returning to Lille for our Eurostar back to London St Pancras International, arriving circa 18.09 hrs. (Ebbsfleet by later train arriving 18.45 hrs)
Hotel Campanile, Amiens
A good quality, modern, hotel adjacent to the station complete with café, bar and restaurant. Spacious, light rooms have been designed to offer you a relaxed stay: courtesy tray with tea, coffee and biscuits, flat screen TV, direct telephone and Internet connection for your computer. Extensive local produce continental buffet breakfast with freshly baked bread and pastries.
5 days by train standard class
From London St Pancras International
Single Room Supplement
4 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
1 light lunch
Standard class rail travel and seat reservations where available
All excursions & admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Fare based upon sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room; single rooms available for a supplement.
GUARANTEED FARE no currency surcharge
Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.
Festive & Winter Tours 2017 - 2018