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Fete de la Vapeur - Somme April 2016

Discussion in 'International Heritage Railways/Tramways' started by timmydunn, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. timmydunn

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    A fantastic gala. In 2013 I travelled one way in a vintage carriage behind a metre gauge steam loco and returned in a standard gauge three car Paris metro on the same route.
     
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    Yes, it is a great event if a trifle over crowded in my experience.

    Don't over look a visit in the main season though. I called in one Sunday last August to find 3 engines in steam working trains over the entire system. The run to Cayeaux in a lightly-loaded 3 coach train was a highlight of the year.
     
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    I'm going. Our usual little group has booked a gite in the town and we will be there from Tuesday onwards. Most of us are planning to go Portsmouth - Le Havre. I definitely recommend getting in before it starts. See you in the Drakkar perhaps.

    Tim
     
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    It is indeed a great event, and I have a 100% record for attendance this century but have to decide between going again (which I'd love) and Dresden which is the same weekend. Decisions, decisions!

    John
     
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    Tim - our group is staying in Saint Valerie in a gite from Thursday ready for the "off"... It's going to be a good one.
     
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    I've backdated my ferry trip to the previous Friday, Consolidationmike is trying to recruit me on a foray down to Crevecoeur le Grand on the far side of Amiens where MCVS are building a complete new metre gauge line on an old SG branch. I would guess by Thursday we'll be well dug in and holed up at either the Drakkar or Café des Arts. Keep your eyes open.

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    "Guide du Spotter" was on the mat when I got home from work this evening. Now comes the fun part of trying to translate the important bits! At least I've got a month to try it.
     
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    How did did you order "Guide du Spotter" I was a bit unsure whether web page order form would accept booking from UK. Did you use this or some alternative?
     
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    I ordered mine using the webpage order form and was directed to a page to pay by Credit Card. Was told it will be posted early April.

    Young Pete
     
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    Did it on the website, no problems. Free postage too. I booked tickets as well, which are e-tickets for printing at home. I use Google Chrome so the page was automatically translated, which made things easier.
     
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    You can order the travel tickets online as one transaction with the Guide (put your Guide in the basket, then add the ticket, then check-out). The ticket arrives as a PDF by e-mail. All impressively efficient.

    The graphs in the Guide are quite hard work if your eyes are not what they once were. Much colour coding and similar coding via dotted/dashed/complete lines and so on. There's an amazing amount of things going on. I'm surprised the track and St-Valery bridge especially can take a standard gauge Pacific.

    Prior to the Gala, the SNCF service to Noyelles (arrive 1630) from Calais (connects from St Pancras) should connect to the 1630 CFBS service to St-Valery I am told.

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    Indeed. The intensity of service leaves little recovery margin, so all fingers crossed 15-17 April!

    My only slight moan is on Friday, where the a.m. run of 231K8 returns ecs and the only way back is by railcar. I would have liked to keep the CFBS track 100% steam. Then p.m. sees much fun either side of St-Valery, but it all clashes - do you go for the three train meet on the Cayeux line or the standard gauge Pacific hauling metre gauge stock?
     
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    "Fete Vapeur" is a bit of a misnomer but I'm glad about that. The railcars are half of the fun for me. The Fete is about having fun all over the place - my experience at the last two was that it was pointless trying to get to see everything - something interesting was bound to come along at some time - just hop on the next train and see what the next one is. Every change is a chance for a glass of wine and another BBQ... the trains are only half the event!
     
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    That's the attitude! I love the more laidback approach of France towards a hobby, that on this side of La Manche tends to take itself too seriously. And they know how to do railcars; I used to love trips on them over the branch lines such as the several surviving ones in Brittany.

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    Must say I am very jealous of those able to attend! Entirely my own fault, as I felt "oh, that sounds good" when I saw the adverts saying 99 6001 would be there (apologies that I can't remember the check digit!) but a bit lost as to how to do such trips without an organised group - very sad, really!

    Had a great day on the line a couple of years back, and this line-up sounds fantastic!

    Steven
     
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    Get yourself and your cafe across the Channel and just follow the satnav. Haven't been for a few years but have made a number of day trips to past festivals including one before the autoroute was completed. Piece of cake really.
     
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    It's possible to do it as a daytrip from London - just - but I think beancounter is a bit further north. There is still some accommodation in Abbeville and Amiens on the major booking sites - and a lot of camping is available around
     

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