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La Vapeur du Trieux

Paimpol, France
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About La Vapeur du Trieux
La Vapeur du Trieux vous emmène à la découverte de la vallée du Trieux entre Paimpol et Pontrieux pour apprécier e charme unique des voyages d'antan. Embarquez, et découvrez un panorama exceptionnel sur l'estuaire du Trieux et des paysages magnifiques préservés, changeant au rythme des marées. Un authentique train à vapeur plein de charme, avec ses six voitures d'époque, qui sillonne l'une des plus romantiques voies de chemin de fer de France à la douce vitesse de 30 km/h.
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Tom_Horsham-UK wrote a review Aug 2020
Horsham, United Kingdom15 contributions2 helpful votes
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Finally managed to do ride on the La Vapeur du Trieux on the third attempt! The previous two years the steam train appeared to be working when looking on the web, but when visiting the area in May, we were told it was not opening for a few more weeks. Finally managed to travel on the train in August 2020. This is an approximately 10 mile / 16km run each way with scenic views of the river Trieux etc which appears about 10 minutes after leaving from Paimpol - sit on the right hand side of the train (facing direction of travel) at Paimpol for by far the best views - its mainly just woodland on the other side. Train was formed of six coaches - the two at the front and rear are old German four wheelers and are rather noisy once the train gets going, they also have solid wooden seats and are not that smooth riding - thought as the train never goes that fast, so it never gets too rough. Our coach on the outward journey (second from the front at the Pontrieux end) also had a wheel flat, adding to the noise and vibration. The middle two coaches are newer (1950s) coaches from Belgium with bogies. These have upholstered seats and should be smother and quieter, though they only have quarter-light windows, as opposed to the full drop-lights in the German coaches so perhaps not so good on a hot day. On the outward journey we stopped at Traou Nez manor station were there was a French acrobat display - not great for those who don't speak fluent French, but there was an opportunity for a short woodland walk instead. I think food and drink was offered here before Covid restrictions, which would be better. The commentary on the train was just in French, as were most of the passengers, but a bi-lingual (French/English) booklet was also provided for free showing the main things to see on the journey, so that was not a significant issue. Pontrieux is very pleasant town to visit, with a number of restaurants and artisan/craft shops as well as the opportunity for an electric boat ride to view the town's famous lavoirs (wash houses). It is a nice 10 minute, or so, walk from the station to the town, mainly alongside the river. If the La Vapeur du Trieux steam train is not operating, it is worth doing the journey instead on the regular SNCF diesel railcar, which is also considerably cheaper than the steam train. Same views, just not the same atmosphere and nostalgia. If doing the journey on the SNCF train, I would recommend going one further stop to Pontrieux Halte station (rather than Pontrieux) as your will also gain the overhead view of the town and river from the viaduct and the station is also closer to the town centre - Pontrieux Halte station is somewhat debilitated though! You could travel here and then walk back along the river to Pontrieux station for the return journey.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Deborah F wrote a review Jul 2019
Southampton, United Kingdom75 contributions24 helpful votes
Amazing trip on the train . It was at station the train just in front of our yacht which was in the marina in Pontrieux. Love the smell of steam. The train was so well maintained by a wonderful group of enthusiasts 🌺
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Date of experience: July 2019
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tomlinsharon wrote a review Jun 2019
Paimpol, France5 contributions4 helpful votes
Pontrieux and Paimpol are beautiful old towns with wonderful ports and restaurants and bars. Well worth a visit. The train is a wonderful trip through the French countryside going past the famous 15C chateaux roch Jagu, also well worth a visit for its wonderful castle and gardens. Pontrieux is a cobbled street small town that is both charming and has great history. This village was occupied in the 2nd world war. I would highly recommend this area for a holiday visit
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Stephen T wrote a review May 2018
Looe, United Kingdom124 contributions58 helpful votes
I've been trying to visit La Vapeur du Trieux for years, but something has always got in the way. It's a tricky journey from Cornwall - ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff, then either a couple of hours' drive or a three-train session on the SCNF; so making a fit with the steam train timings has been difficult. Then the service was suspended altogether for a couple of years while the line was upgraded. But I finally put together an itinerary that enabled me to make the trip while even avoiding the current round of French rail strikes. All well - except that the steam locomotive wasn't available because of repairs and there was no service! But at least I was able to travel the route on a service train and enjoy the very impressive scenery, particularly where the line parallels the estuary of the Trieux. I was able to see the attractive stations at either end of the run (Paimpol in particular), and the handsome old Réseau Breton water tower at Paimpol that now serves as the ticket office. I had a nice mooch around Paimpol itself, a lovely little port town with excellent restaurants and a good little museum of the sea (and fishermen), and was able to buy a well-produced, remarkably inexpensive book about the history of the railway in Paimpol at the Office de Tourisme. (Books and magazines are very expensive in France). So whilst not getting my steam ride was a big disappointment, I still enjoyed my visit and I will now start looking for another chance to come back and make the trip with all the bells and whistles. And I have already been promised a refund on the tickets I purchased in advance, so I won't lose out financially.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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SeptimusFry wrote a review Jan 2018
Cotes-d'Armor, France83 contributions51 helpful votes
The line has been beautifully renewed at 26M€. The rails, the roadstone, permanent way.. the lot. Now this delightful experience is available again. The timetable (late April to mid-Sept for vapeur) is online found with an easy search. The colour codes in the TT reflect the fact that trains run at different hours different days...With reddish-orange meaning no train. Go ahead...Enjoy !! (I am a retired exPat, nothing to do with the railway.)
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Date of experience: July 2017
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