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    Thought I'd test the water to see what response this might get ..........

    My wife and I travel each year to Nice or other towns/cities in Provence and on the Cote d'Azur in France. Out of these regular Autumn visits has grown an interest in the extensive network of metre-gauge lines which all were lost by the late 1950s with the exception of the Nice to Digne line (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chem...er_de_Provence).


    I have been working on a series of blogs about the different lines. The post below is the first in a series about the Central Var line of Les Chemins de Fer du Sud de La France which branched off the Nice to Dgne line at Colomars. ...


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...ral-var-part-1

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    The second post in a series about the Central Var line in Provence:


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-14

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    Nice work. Railway archaeology is fun.

    I've been doing some trips on mountainbike myself, following old lines, seeking out what's left in the countryside.
    These days, I don't have time for it, so I use Google Maps which is marvellous for it. From above, you can often see features that are not clearly visible from the ground, even old rights-of way across plowed fields. I can spend hours doing it, especially if I find maps of the lines, so I can compare to the aerial view.

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    Here is the next installment .........

    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-17


    This tramway links in with the Central Var at Vence.

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    I have always had an affinity for local history and railroads. Although, usually local to where I am living. But toss in a bit of short line railroading, old photos and breathtaking viaducts and these short blogs just as engaging as any stories I could find here. Thanks for sharing. Another narrow gauge interest.

    Almost makes you want to build a small diorama with one of those fragile viaducts as a subject. I sold a fantastic modern meter gauge HOe set last year. The prototype was the alps with unbelievable scenery including curving viaducts and tunnels. Was difficult to let that set go. Ran on N gauge track. Knew I would never get to modeling it though.
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    The next length of the Central Var Line takes us from Vence to Le Pont de Loup, the iconic viaduct which for many people defines the line:


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-18

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    I have been away in Uganda and so have not extended this thread. I wonder whether I should create a thread under the heading "General Research" which I note my Uganda Railways posts have been moved to?

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    Perhaps having no response suggests that I can continue? ....

    The next step along the line takes us on from Pont de Loup towards Grasse.

    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-19

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    The Central Var line of Les Chemins de Fer du Sud de La France continues from the station in Grasse to Peymeinade:


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-25

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    This next length of the Central Var line runs from Peymeinade to Tanneron. After the invasion by allied forces in 1944 and the destruction by retreating German forces of a number of Viaducts, Tanneron became the eastern terminus of the Central Var line and renmained so until full closure of the line early in 1950.


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-26

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    The next length of the line starts at Tanneron and finishes at Seillans:


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-27

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    Our survey of the Central Var Metre-Gauge Line continues with the length from Seillans to Claviers ....


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-28

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    The journey along the Central Var metre-gauge line continues from Claviers to Figanieres.


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-29

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    In this next post we reach Draguignan which very quickly became the premier town on the Nice to Meyrargues line.


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-30

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    I have been writing a series of blogs over some time now and hope that they are of interest. I have found these abandoned metre-gauge lines in France intriguing. The network was large and the mileage left active is relatively small. The Central Var Line covered over 200km linking towns behind the south coast to each other and lifting the rural economy. Here is the next section of the line - from Draguignan to Lorgues

    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-31

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    The journey along the Central Var Metre-Gauge line between Nice and Meyrargues continues with the length from Lorgues to Sillans-la-Cascade:


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-32

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    The next length of the Central Var line runs from Sillans-la-Cascade to Barjols:


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-33

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    Roger,

    I have been following your blogs, not so much recently - busy at work, but I find them fascinating and well written but then I am a bit of a history geek. Keep up the good work!

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    The second line that I have been looking at is the coastal line from Toulon to St. Raphael. This line was disconnected from the rest of the metre-gauge network but was still managed by the Chemin de Fer du Sud de la France. The posts which follow will look at this line and at some stage we will return to look at the locomotives and rolling stock on the Central Var line.

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    Le Macaron was the colloquial name given to the metre-gauge line along the coast between Toulon and Saint-Raphael. This is the first of the posts about the line:


    https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-36

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