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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Briquetrie Lagrive   Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:36 pm

Sometime ago someone asked me if the briquetrie Lagrive near Lisieux was still operational.

Well after some searching I found a small road that leads to the back of it and managed a few quick pics today.
Not really exciting as there are many signs forbidding tresspass.
But we'll see in the future if I can't get authorised access now I know where it is.















Looks like the track is still used from the colour of the rail surface.
The line is 500mm and not the more usual 600mm.
Just right for my garden....

There are a couple of websites with decent pics too.

http://briqueterielagrive.free.fr/

http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/memoire_fr?ACTION=RETROUVER_TITLE&FIELD_98=AUTP&VALUE_98=Corbierre&GRP=9&SPEC=3&SYN=1&IMLY=&MAX1=1&MAX2=1&MAX3=50&REQ=((Corbierre)%20%3AAUTP%20)&DOM=IVR&USRNAME=nobody&USRPWD=4%24%2534P

http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori09/archives/2008/07/post-824.html
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David Grantham



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PostSubject: Re: Briquetrie Lagrive   Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:07 pm

Thanks for that Carl, it was me who enquired.

Could this be the last working industrial narrow gauge railway in France ?

Funny what's in your metaphorical back garden. Found out yesterday that there is a fully restored and steaming Corpet Louvet 0-6-0 (439/1884) just 17 miles from my house. Spanish Asturian mining engine "Minas de Aller".
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PostSubject: Re: Briquetrie Lagrive   Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:39 pm

David Grantham wrote:
Thanks for that Carl, it was me who enquired.

Could this be the last working industrial narrow gauge railway in France ?

Funny what's in your metaphorical back garden. Found out yesterday that there is a fully restored and steaming Corpet Louvet 0-6-0 (439/1884) just 17 miles from my house. Spanish Asturian mining engine "Minas de Aller".

Photos, please?

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David Grantham



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PostSubject: Re: Briquetrie Lagrive   Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:26 am

Amerton video here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbZ_PCAG6mg

Loco is now shedded at Statfold near Tamworth in Staffordshire.
Interestingly (or not) Wikipedia show the loco build date as 1887 but the video and Railway Magazine suggest 1884. I guess there were and are quite a few locos with the same name, as the Aller valley was a major part of the Asturian mining industry.
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PostSubject: Re: Briquetrie Lagrive   Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:25 am

The only other industrial narrow gauge railway I can find in Northern France is the Sanofi Factory at Baupte on the Cotentin.
A metre gauge seasonal railway in use serving a peat bog. Normally in use April to September. This railway was confirmed still operational in July 2011 with 2 locos in regular use.
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PostSubject: Re: Briquetrie Lagrive   Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:58 pm

Interesting valve gear on the Corpet Louvet. I also like the little vertical boiler loco, "Paddy" - what great character it has.

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PostSubject: Re: Briquetrie Lagrive   Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:14 pm

The briquetrie is certainly the last working 500mm gauge line that I know of in France and there are not too many other narrow gauge lines left.
I tried in vain to find a list.

There is:
Voie Etroite Magazine which has regular updates on working lines.

I'm not really sure why they keep this brickworks line open either when for the short distance, about 1 km from the pits to the kiln this could be done with a dumper truck.
Maybe they are nostalgic. The company is still owned by the original family.
The excavator is a museum piece too!

I will make another visit but in September as France is almost shut down for the summer now.

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PostSubject: Re: Briquetrie Lagrive   Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:50 am

If you go to Railways then Countries on this link there is a listing for France

http://www.ingr.co.uk/

Google Earth gives a good view of the Baupte system with at least 2 or 3 trains in operation.
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