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Chemin de Fer Chanteraines, September 2013

Thomas Kautzor paid a flying visit to the line on 8th September 2013 as detailed below, see also his June 2017 update.

I got to the parc too late to photograph the trains out on the line, however they were the same consists I had already photographed in August, so no regrets. Instead, I concentrated on what was hidden in the depot, which was briefly opened to get the trains in for the night.

Most of the railway's locomotives and stock is well described on their website at http://www.cfchanteraines.fr/materiel.php. Diesel-hydraulics 0B0 2 and 1 were built by Socofer (SCF 324 No. 521-522/1980) for the park railway's opening. They belong to the Département des Hauts de Seine, together with the six open coaches also built by Socofer.

Currently, two steam loco are operational, but the club members were trying to get 0-4-0T N-03 VINCENT (Decauville Progrès 876/1914) ready for the following weekend's Heritage Days.

0-6-0T N-06 (Decauville 1770/1920) is the loco normally in use on CFC steam-days (2nd Sunday of the month from March to October).

In 1990 the CFC obtained four Plymouth Diesels from Ciments Français in Cantin, of which three have been restored to operation. These were provided to France in 1945 under the Marshall Plan. Blue No. 09 was out on the line as standby, in case anything problems would have arisen to either the Decauville or the Socofer.

Both black 0-4-0T N-12 BERTHA (O&K 40 PS 1627/1905) and blue 0-4-0T N-18 LA BOUILLOTTE (Decauville Progrès 869/1914) are stored in the depot, in need of work on their boilers, while green 0-4-0T N-13 TABAMAR (Borsig 8069/1911, built for Decauville) will perform this weekend.

Also under restoration, 0-6-0T N-19 (O&K 50 PS 7429/1914) has an interesting history: it was built to 750mm gauge as part of an order of ten loco for the Grodno Fortress railway in what was then the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Due to the outbreak of WWI, it was diverted to the Heeresfeldbahn and loaned to the Kruschwitz Sugar Factory, where it was converted to 716mm gauge. After the end of hostilities, it was turned over to PKP and converted to 600mm gauge. After the 1939 invasion of Poland, it was turned over to the Todt Organisaton and used on fortification construction projects, first on the Sigfried Line and later in Normandy. After the end of WWII it stayed in France, where it first worked for A. Gouery at the Breuilpont Quarry (Eure) and from 1950 at the Sablières de Nemours (Seine+Marne). At some point it received the boiler from O&K 5729/1914, an 0-4-0T which also belonged to A. Gouery. This has led to a lot of confusion about its identity, at this has in the past been identified by both numbers.

Railcar No. 22 in the workshops.

In the depot, I found this little replica of a vertical-boilered loco No. 2 (600mm gauge). It carries a Schneider worksplate.


These are a couple of pictures of 0-6-0T N-06 working in August 2013:


Rob Dickinson

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