September 30, 2016

2786 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Chemin de Fer de La Mure


The Chemin de Fer de La Mure (La Mure railway) is a former coal-carrying electrified railway in (and owned by) the Department of Isère near the city of Grenoble, which lost its regular public passenger service in 1950 (although miners' trains continued until 1962). It lost most of its freight traffic in 1952, and even the anthracite ceased in 1988. However, the local tourist office had been chartering seasonal tourist passenger trains since 1968 and these developed steadily over the years, the line becoming one of the finest tourist railways in Europe with spectacular views over dams and lakes, and mountain scenery.

Unfortunately, on October 26, 2010, shortly before the end of the season, a landslide destroyed the Viaduc de la Clapisse and parts of a tunnel entrance. Since then, the railway is closed. The line was built between 1882 and 1886, to link Saint-Georges-de-Commiers and La Mure through a mountainous region of the department of Isère, and was electrified in 1903. The branch line between La Mure and Corps was opened in 1932 and closed for passenger traffic in 1952.

Chemin de Fer de La Mure - Wikipedia

Sender: Aabbzzed Psoas
Sent from Sassenage (Rhône-Alpes / France), on 13.10.2015

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