The Train de l’Ardeche, October 26, 2023

Today is Thursday, October 26th, and we are heading to the old fashion train station at Saint Jean de Muzols for a 1 1/2 hour ride on an old fashion steam train.

The rail line links Tournon-Sur-Rhône with Lamastre and took four years to build. Launched in 1891, the line passes along the Doux Valley. Here are a couple of shots I took from within the car, through the window, as we traveled along. The scenery is lovely.

Our guide narrated as we made our way down the tracks. The area seemed pretty desolate. With the exception of a couple of farms, few people lived along or near the track. It was certainly rugged country. Here is a photo of our train taken at the midpoint of our journey; it was here that the engine was decoupled, turned around and reconnected for our return trip.

It’s a narrow gauge rail line, as can be observed by looking at the track.

Back at the station, it had grown cold, windy and rainy, as you can imagine when you look at this photo of JoAnn.

For a little more information and lovely photographs of the train and trip, click onto the following site and then click on the upper left hand words:

See you back on board the Hermod.

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