Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
139Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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All the trains in the museum were once in active service and have been relocated and refurbished. We saw a variety of trains including those used to plow snow and clear tracks, carry supplies, transport army goods and even one that was used as a mobile hospital to carry injured soldiers from the front. One of the trains that was particularly interesting was a double-decker train where access to the top level was gained by climbing a ladder on the outside of the train – we didn’t think that was very practical in the winter or if you had a lot of luggage and I guess that’s probably why we don’t see too many of those around anymore. The majority of the trains were passenger trains and on some of them, we were allowed to walk inside or stick our heads in to see how they would have been furnished. Once we were done wandering around in the first hangar, we moved on to see trains from the early 1900s to modern day trains, organized chronologically .
About three hours later, we were near the exit and came across the most impressive model train set I have ever seen. It must have been about seven or eight meters long by about two meters. We unfortunately didn’t have a coin on hand to operate it and there was no one around to get one from so we just had to imagine what it would have been like – hopefully the pictures do it some justice.
Before leaving the museum entirely, we decided to stop in at the on-site restaurant, named the “Mistral” after one of the iconic French trains. We had a tasty lunch before setting out on our drive towards Beaune, our next stop en-route to Royan.