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philkelly

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Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Confolens collection   Wed May 04, 2011 5:45 pm

There's a "velorail" operation at Confolens - about half way between my place and Van's, but actually in Charente. There is a small museum of railwayana, but also a collection of full size trains.

X2883 and X2903:



(and in case anyone thinks they're just rusting, there is a notice to that effect:



There is a rather interesting Dodge - road tyres on it at the moment, but these were used as Tracteurs:



This is the trailer in the shot above (there is also an X5500 [U150] - sheeted over and partly repainted, so evidently being restored but not very photogenic).



There is also a collection of draisines and assorted rail vehicles:



And although it is now imprisoned behind the fence of the fire station built on former rail land, the Economiques des Charentes Station (terminus of the line from Angouleme) is still standing:



I think the idea is to provide a tourist rail service some time in the future on the line currently used for the Velorail operation, south to Roumazieres-Loubert.






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mikeyh

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Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Confolens collection   Wed May 04, 2011 6:00 pm

Nice find Phil,presumably open to the public?

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philkelly

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Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: Confolens collection   Wed May 04, 2011 6:15 pm

The site is actually completely unfenced - you can just wander on from the old station. The small objects museum is also the ticket office for the Velorail operation, in the ticket office of the old mainline station, so open when the Velorail is: I didn't get the opening times - basically weekends and holidays - might be weekdays too in the summer. I'll have another look when I'm there again.
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Confolens collection   Wed May 04, 2011 8:27 pm

That's a great find Phil.

Here's their website (Velorail and some details of the preservation CFCL ).

Velorail 16
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GWhizz

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Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Confolens collection   Thu May 05, 2011 6:53 pm

Hi Phil

Sorry I didn't make it! Did you take any pics at the Model Railway swap/meet as well?

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philkelly

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Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: Confolens collection   Fri May 06, 2011 11:01 am

Sorry Brian: forgot my camera for the swap meet visit - took the rail collection pics on an earlier visit to Confolens..
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