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P’tit Train de la Haute Somme

The P'tit Train de la Haute Somme, officially called the Froissy-Dompierre Light Railway, takes its passengers on a fascinating journey along the Somme River valley, for just over four miles. The narrow-gauge line focuses on the history of its construction during the First World War, when it was used as a vital logistical link to transfer important supplies and troops to the front line just a short distance away.

Our journey on the heritage railway begins at Froissy, where the (usually) steam-hauled train departs from the town and runs in a wide arc to join the flatter ground alongside the Somme Canal. The line then carries on through a curved tunnel, before entering a stretch of sharply zig-zagged track. Whilst these both helped the railway to overcome the terrain in the region, they were also designed as additional protection against the enemy whilst the conflict was ongoing.

The line then makes a gentle ascent, curving away from the river before arriving at Plateau de Santerre. After pausing at the station here, our journey continues southwards through the flat farmland scenery to the station in Dompierre, the line's terminus.

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