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Provence Metre-Gauge Railways - the Central Var Line

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My wife and I travel each year to Nice or other towns/cities in Provence and on the Cote d'Azur. 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.
 
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. ...
 

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A number of different railways met at Grasse.Two tramways, one from Cagnes-sur-Mer and one from Cannes approached the town from the south. A PLM branchline also linked Grasse to Cannes. There was a funicular railway linking the PLM (SNCF) railway station to the town centre, and there was the Chemins de Fer du Sud de la France Central Var line crossing the town on its way between Nice and Meyrargues.

This next post covers the first part of the story of the TAM tramway between Cagnes-sur-Mer and Grasse:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/the-tramway-between-grasse-and-cagnes-sur-mer-part-1-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-20

The second part of the story on my blog on the TAM tramway between Grasse and Cagnes-sur-Mer:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/the-tramway-between-grasse-and-cagnes-sur-mer-part-2-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-21

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Hello,

I am pondering converting my blog into an online book. This might prove of interest to some people. I have taken this a little further and produced the first few chapters of the book I am imagining. They are at the moment missing a contents page and and editorial page but I'd appreciate comments on whether the book might be worth publishing on line and whether you think it should be free or charged for?

If you are interested, please follow this link via my blog:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/an-ebook-on-les-chemins-de-fer-du-sud-de-la-france/

Best wishes

Roger

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There was also a Tramway between Grasse and Cannes. This next post covers that line ....
 
 
 
Grasse also enjoyed a funicular railway linking the town centre with the PLM railway station. This post provides details of the funicular and also of plans which have been made but not yet implemented(if they ever will be) for a new funicular. .....
 

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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:
 

And 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/2017/12/03/ligne-de-central-var-part-6-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-26

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The next length of the line starts at Tanneron and finishes at Seillans:
 
Our survey of the Central Var Metre-Gauge Line continues with the length from Seillans to Claviers ....
 
The journey along the Central Var metre-gauge line continues from Claviers to Figanieres.
 
 
In this next post we reach Draguignan which very quickly became the premier town on the Nice to Meyrargues line.
 
Draguignan to Lorgues
 
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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/2017/12/09/ligne-de-central-var-part-12-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-32

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

And now from Barjols to Rians

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/12/10/ligne-de-central-var-part-14-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-34

And finally from Rains to Meyrargures

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/ligne-de-central-var-part-15-chemin-de-fer-de-provence-35

All that remains now is to provided some deatils about the rolling stock and locomotives on the Central Var line.

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The next few posts are a short series of posts about the Locomotives and rolling stock on the line from Nice to Meyrargues. The first of these covers the steam traction on the line:

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/locomotives-and-rolling-stock-on-the-central-var-line-chemins-de-fer-de-provence-50

And the second which covers Diesel power on the Chemin de Fer du Sud Central Var Line in the years before closure in 1950.
 
 
This is the final post on the Chemin de Fer du Sud de la France Central Var Line and it covers the rolling stock (wagons and coaches) which were found on the line.
 
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In November 2018, my wife and I visited a number of the perched villages in the area around Fayence. As a result, I have updated one or two posts on my blog which relate to parts of the Central Var metre-gauge line. The changes to the post below relate to a visit to the perched village of Tanneron which sits high in the hills above the line. The village is a staggering 11 kilometres from the old station which bore its name.
 

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On the same journey on 15th November 2018, Jo and I were also fortunate enough to follow the line of the D94 linking Tanneron to the site of its station, and then to travel along the D562 and the Avenue de Narbonne before visiting the village of Montauroux The result of these visits has been some minor additions to the post below, particularly some photographs.
 

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