The Rhone travelogue continues with a photo gallery of the magnificent Train l’Ardeche – a steam train service that winds its way through the Doux valley.
It is rather touristy; if you can cope with packed carriages of bus-disgorged tourists it is well worth the trip. The scenery is impressive. We sat at the very back of the train to see the full extent of the train as it rounded corners and for a rear view of where we travelled from.
The line opened in 1891. A succession of magnificent views and fine man-made structures line the route of the Train de l’Ardèche, a genuine historical and cultural heritage. Passengers will have both the pleasure and the privilege of travelling in carriages pulled by locomotives which are almost all listed historical “monuments”.
The Doux, tributary of the right bank of the Rhône, has cut deep gorges into the Ardèche plateau. Train de L’Ardeche
Photo Gallery: Train de l’Ardeche
Locomotive n°403 has been running the route since 1903. A listed historical “monument”, it was carefully restored in 2013 at the workshop of the Chemin de Fer du Vivarais, in Lamastre. Locomotive n°414 (1932) is currently being restored at the same workshop.