OUR COLLECTION

Our collection, including 14 steam locomotives and nearly 100 other items of rolling stock, tells the French railways story from the early 19th century to 1950′s.

Longueville roundhouse photo by Michel Giguet14 steam engines

Our museum is housed in a beautifully restored wooden shed, who received their first steam locomotives in 1911. This shed was built by the former « Compagnie de l’ Est » (French Eastern Railways). Last steam locomotive left Longueville shed in 1966. 

Longueville wooden shed will be 100 years old in 2011...

Rear of the roundhouse, recently restored.

Longueville wooden depot

The turntable with a steam engine 2-6-0 « 130 B » (French Eastern Railways) and an aerial view of the roundhouse in 1972.

Longueville wooden shed seen from sky in 1972

The oldest steam locomotive in the museum is a « 0-8-0″ owned by the former « Compagnie du Nord » (French Northen Railways). She was built in 1866, and sold to a sugar refinery in 1930′s, who she worked as an industrial locomotive until 1960′s.

Old steam locomotive 4.853 from 1866 shown during a guided tour.

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The visit, in few words :

That you arrive by the train, by car, by car or on foot (a hiking trail passes under the viaduct of Longueville, in some hundred of meters of the shed), you will enter and discover at a glance locomotives gathered in a big circle around the turntable …

130 B 476 and 130 B 348 former French Eastern Railways Co seen at Longueville

Inside the roundhouse, you can feel the unique atmosphere of a place where nothing changed for a century.

La locomotive 30.476 sous la rotonde du dépôt de Longueville

One of our volunteer guides will welcome you and propose a self-led visite or a guided tour. A guided tour take approximately one hour and a half.

Devant le dépôt la locomotive Rimaucourt N° 3032

You will discover the history of the shed, the story of locomotives and the life of the men who drove them. Our volunteer guides are often themselves drivers or firemen, and can thus testify of their passion for the world of steam trains. After the visit, a stop to the shop will allow you to acquire books or railroad objects to support the action of the society.

During the visit with one of our volunteer guide

During summer, from June till September, the locomotive « Suzanne » (see the video) is in order first Sunday of every month. The visitors can see the show of its runs, and feel characteristic flavors of the steam.

To know more about  » Suzanne « , see this video :

Little Suzanne, an incredible steam engine !”

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The industrial steam locomotive “Suzanne”:

Next runs with our steam locomotive “Suzanne” :

Sunday 4th July 2010

Sunday 8th August 2010

Sunday 5th September 2010

The locomotive « Suzanne » can be asked in order outside these dates, in particular for visits of groups or for quite other particular opportunity. Contact us to obtain grouped visits prices with « Suzanne » in order.

La locomotive Suzanne peut être allumée pour une visite de groupe

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