Key points about this information item Le Truffadou steam railway, Martel, Lot, Midi-PyreneesInformation Description: Tweet
Le Truffadou Steam train, Martel, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees
The Truffadou gained its nickname from the main cargo it was built to carry, that of Martel truffles.
The Chemin de fer touristique du Haut Quercy, to give it the full title, was completed in 1889, but in 1917, the iron track was pulled up to make shells for the war effort. Steel rails were re-laid in 1919 and are still in use today.
The line is no longer used commercially and was opened as a tourist attraction in 1997 by train enthusiasts.
The return journey takes you from Martel to St Denis Martel and back in around ninety minutes. The line is only open in the summer months, from April to September and if you want to guarantee a steam engine instead of diesel, there are specific times for the steam. See timetable below.
With many tunnels and part of the track cut into the cliff eighty metres above the Dordogne river, it makes for a great trip out for all the family.
Have a look at the website for more details and information.
Timetable for 2010
Tariff 2010 :
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