Thursday 2 January 2014

Where is "Le Midi"?

No time for any work on railway today.

Instead here are some images relating to the area of France known as "Le Midi".

I had always imagined that Le Midi was in the middle of France - but it refers to the south.

A map of the railway regions of France before the SNCF unified everything.

The following text and pictures about Le Midi has been lifted from a truly fantastic blog called, "Transpress NZ"

Here's the link:

Former Midi BB electric in the Gare de la Tour de Carol, France

Former Midi company loco BB 4208, one of the 50 of the series from 1934-1935, is seen in the station of La Tour de Carol in the area known as Cerdagne, with the original SNCF logo having replaced the Midi one, but otherwise looking as it did when built.

Builder: Alsthom
Final withdrawal: 1997
Type: Bo'Bo'
Tension: 1500 Volts DC
Traction motors: 4 x M1 Alsthom
Output (continuous): 1,210 kW
Total weight: 80 tonnes
Total length: 11.85 metres
Maximum speed: 75 km/h

The la Tour de Carol/Enveitg station (altitude 1,231 metres) is notable for being one of the few places in the world where railways of three different track gauges meet: the standard gauge line from Toulouse (see earlier post), the narrow gauge line to Villefranche-Vernet-les-Bains, known as Le Petit Train Jaune de Cerdagne, and the broad gauge Spanish line from Barcelona.
a forecourt view from the 1960s of the station
an SNCF holiday camp near the track
The French standard gauge track - to the left just visible is the Spanish broad gauge track and to the right over the platform is the metre gauge Petit Train Jaune de Cerdagne track
in the centre are railway workers houses
Carol is the name of the river, and here are towers - Tours - one of which must be the origin of the name.


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