Vivarais rolling stock to be sold!


Mallet 403 runs round at Lamastre. Photo Ian Britton,

(click for photo in original context and more Vivarais pictures)

Further to our reports on the Vivarais closure, this short note was posted on the Welsh Highland Railway discussion group (WARNING registration required.) by John Dobson, the Editor of the Ffestiniog Railway Magazine. It is re-published here in its entirety.

The following message, written on 30 June, has been received from Fabien Mottet, a fireman on the Vivarais. The future looks very bleak, although the SGVA (see below) is trying to mount a rescue operation.

>I just read the editorial of FR magazine.

I have very bad news. The line will close, locomotives and wagons will be sold, firemen
(like me) are all fired… No reopening in 2010, as written.…

Please, HELP US! Rapidly…!

You can write to:

Hotel du Département
Quartier de Chaumette – BP 737

Or if you want give money for the CFV through the SGVA Association please contact:

51. La Vieille route

John L Dobson
FR Magazine

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One Response to “Vivarais rolling stock to be sold!”

  1. Robert Hall Says:

    With the “Vivarais affair” having shown up in “Top Posts” lately: quote follows, of news item in the October “Today’s Railways: Europe”. I would see this as not the most wonderful of news, but not a worst-possible-case scenario either; some grounds for hope.

    “The Chemin de Fer du Vivarais officially went into receivership on 22 July and a receiver is now in charge of sorting out assets. The Ardeche ‘departement’ is apparently ready to buy some of the rolling stock while buildings will be taken over by the local villages and towns. A major task will now be to find an operator for the line. The good news is that national rail infrastructure manager RFF has agreed to extend the agreement on narrow gauge trains running over the section with three rails between Tournon and St. Jean-de-Muzols until 2020.”

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