Pontivy Tourist Train - 22 September 2021
My day started with stopping by the Saint Brieuc municipal bus operator TUB Meet The Manager session.
The retail space at Pontivy Interchange has recently been occupied by a model railway shop.
Tourist train at Pontivy Interchange.
First stop at the pretty village of Saint-Nicolas-Des-Eaux, where proper platforms and shelters will be provided ahead of full "national rail" reopening.
This is the former station at Baud, one of the biggest intermediate towns on the Pontivy-Auray line. The tourist trains dont call here, as the site is fully utilised by the railfreight operations of the adjacent Unicopa feed mill. The site is slightly out of town, very close to a key junction on the Central Brittany road network. Ahead of full "national rail" reopening, a new 2-platform Parkway-style station with bus and active travel interchange will be provided slightly further up the line. Key interurban bus service 5 from Vannes and Auray which currently terminates in Baud town centre will be extended to the station to provide connections between the trains, town centre, and villages further south. Key interurban bus service 17 from Lorient will also call to connect up links from that direction as well.
The line is very picturesque in places. Here are some of the views available from the train.
This is Lambel-Camors station, where the tourist trains terminate. Whilst the former station building is in private hands, the owners are staunch supporters of the railway project, and are already down as official station adopters, even providing land for parking which will roll on to being available for rail users when full "national rail" reopening occurs. When this happens, a proper platform and shelter will be provided, and passenger trains will ultimately continue south from here to the main line junction at Auray, calling at one further 1-platform station at Pluvigner, another key intermediate town.