Visits to Chemin de Fer Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre
(Pictures and captions by Chris Dowlen and Dick Summerfield)
Pictures from Chris Dowlen's visit in 1995.
Chris wrote an article describing his visit which appeared in the October 1995 issue of the East Surrey 16mm Group's magazine "Oily Rag" and which is reproduced here with their permission. N.B. the line is also referred to as "Le p'tit train de la Haute-Somme".
1. Le p'tit train de la Haute-Somme.
Alco 2-6-2 in War Department colours outside the museum at Froissy.
2. Le p'tit train de la Haute-Somme.
Baldwin 0-4-0 tractor in the museum.
3. Le p'tit train de la Haute-Somme
Feldbahn Brigadelok 0-8-0 Built by Krauss in 1918 in the museum. The loco has the Klein Lidner system of articulation.
Pictures from Dick Summerfield's Visit in 2000
During a short visit to the Baie de Somme area of Picardy, Northern France at the end of June beginning of July 2000, Thea and I visited the Chemin de Fer Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre near to Amiens.
The 7km length of this railway is all that is left of the
extensive 60cm gauge network built by the allied armies in 1916 for the battle of the
Somme. After the war the network was used for rebuilding all that had been destroyed. The
section which has survived owes its continued existence to the sugar refinery at Dompierre
which from 1927 on used it for transport of materials to and from the canal wharf at
Cappy. In 1970 or thereabouts the refinery sold the line plus some rolling stock to the
preservation society APPEVA. More about them and the railway can be found on their English language
1. ALCO 2-6-2
Painted in War Department colours, getting up steam outside the engine shed at Froissy.
2. SOCOFER locotracteur
Built in 1968. If I understand correctly, SOCOFER used to be Billard.
3. Locotracteur CoFerNa
Six-wheeled and built in 1941. On our visit this loco was used to pull the train from Cappy to the terminus at Dompierre. These loco's were bought along with the line from the sugar refinery in 1970.
4. "Pershing" boxcars
Seen here at depot de la Fourche between Froissy and Cappy. The cars were built in the U.S. in 1917/18 for General Pershing's expeditionary force, hence the name.
5. Engine shed at Froissy
General view showing loco's preparing for the day's service.
6. Ballast wagons
Clearly modern additions. No further information available.
7. Baldwin tractor
Of "Great War" vintage this machine ran on gasoline.
A small industrial diesel...
9. Tank wagon
Used for water supplies to the trenches for men horses and locomotives.
10. DFB 0-8-0
Built by Krauss in 1918. The museum houses rolling stock from each of the belligerent parties. This 70 h.p. example belonged to the German army and is known as a "Brigadelok".
To gain height quickly from the Somme valley up to the plateau of Santerre the railway makes use of a technique which I didn't know existed outside of the Himalayas. The switchback in the form of a Z. Here we look backwards to the top set of points as the train climbs further having just backed up the track on the right.
12. Cappy Port
The diesel waits on the loop having just uncoupled from the train. The canal is on the right. In the not too distant past sugar from the refinery was loaded in to the barges here.
13. The ALCO arrives at Cappy Port
It will take our train back to Froissy. The diesel will take the next train on to Dompierre.
14. Back at Froissy
Seen from the station's first floor refreshment room.
15. DFB 0-8-0
Built by Borsig in 1918. Note 4-wheeled tender.
16. Points? Turntable?
Or both? It would have been nice to try it out.