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Old 14th July 2017, 20:19   #1
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G'day everyone,

My wife and I are fortunate enough to be on holiday on the cote d'azur during August and we are thinking about taking the train to Digne for the day. I know next to nothing about the line other than its metre gauge. Any information on the line and whether we should perhaps try and stay the night in Digne (although I appreciate we might have left it late!) would be gratefully received! Rolling stock, scenery, availability of steam haulage, I'm interested!

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http://tourisme.trainprovence.com/accueil-english/

All the info you need is there. The rolling stock is modern A/C stuff.

It's years since I last made the trip, but apart from the first very built up section from Nice to St Martin du Var it's splendidly scenic almost all the way to Digne.

I don't know the town of Digne itself, sorry.
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Many thanks for this, that's a brilliant website. I think we'll aim for an early night and get the first train up from Nice.
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The cross-border line from Nice up to Cuneo via Breil and Tende is also very scenic - back of beyond country.
But since I travelled that way, the Nice trains seem to terminate at Tende with only Trenitalia beyond (from Ventimiglia), with very poor connections.
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G'day everyone,

My wife and I are fortunate enough to be on holiday on the cote d'azur during August and we are thinking about taking the train to Digne for the day. I know next to nothing about the line other than its metre gauge. Any information on the line and whether we should perhaps try and stay the night in Digne (although I appreciate we might have left it late!) would be gratefully received! Rolling stock, scenery, availability of steam haulage, I'm interested!

Thanks in advance,

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Highly scenic railway, and a very lucky survivor, mainly due to the lack of parallel roads suitable for replacement bus services. In recent times serious storm damage could easily have led to closure but there was enough regional good will towards the line to save it. It was famous in the past for the 'Alp-Azur' service Genève - Grenoble - Digne - Nice, which back in the day offered 'society' people a scenic link between the lake Geneva area and the French riviera, and for latter-day use of pre-war Renault railcars on Nice commuter services.



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All the info you need is there. The rolling stock is modern A/C stuff.

I don't know the town of Digne itself, sorry.
The web site of the current operator doesn't delve into the history very much IMO.

The present day CP line is the last survivor of the three main route Compagnie des Chemins de Fer du Sud de la France, which became Chemins de fer de Provence in 1925, a larger network, including the late-lamented Toulon - St Tropez - St Raphael coast route.

There is a comprehensive French wikipedia entry:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemin...er_de_Provence


Digne les Bains (Digne) itself is worth a visit. It is small, but it is a city, and the Prefecture of Department Alpes de Haute Provence (04). There are plenty of hotels as it is a spa .

Sadly the SNCF line closed in 1992, but it is still just about possible to do a circular day trip Nice - Digne - Marseille - Nice if you can work out how to link the CP at Digne to the SNCF Briancon - Marseille route. It is theoretically possible to minimise bus travel in the Digne - Sisteron area but probably not easy (unless you are prepared to take the express bus Digne - Marseille). The upside is that PACA operates a comprehensive 'LER' bus network to complement the rail 'TER' network, and although this replaces some former railways routes it also links to places like Barcelonette, which was never reached by railway (it was half built but never finished as WWI intervened)

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Old 17th July 2017, 09:01   #7
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http://tourisme.trainprovence.com/accueil-english/

All the info you need is there. The rolling stock is modern A/C stuff.

It's years since I last made the trip, but apart from the first very built up section from Nice to St Martin du Var it's splendidly scenic almost all the way to Digne.

I don't know the town of Digne itself, sorry.
Some of the older stock is still operating, but I guess just the local services to Plan de Var (this was about a month ago).

Now that Nice has a tram access to the station is quite easy, about 50-100m walk from the tram stop.

As another poster suggested, Nice-Breil sur Roya (and beyond) is a rather nice trip too. If you time things right, you can catch a Breil-Vintimiglia train back, then along the coast via Monaco to Nice.

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You must try to go all the way to the first Italian station, that's where the best landscapes are. Then back to Vintimiglia and to Nice. It will take a full day, though, but it's worth it.

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