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1952.  CdN 40 at Binic. | by Ron Fisher
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1952. CdN 40 at Binic.

1952. This little gem shows a train at Binic on the one time Chemin des Fer Côtes du Nord (CdN) headed by 0-6-0T No.40.

 

The CdN was an extensive metre gauge system in the north of Brittany which complimented the Réseau Breton system, but it closed in stages between 1937 and 1956 with the section from Paimpol to St. Brieuc being the last to survive.

 

It was sent to me by Étienne Thilliez in France and was taken by his father in 1952. Étienne writes:

 

"Saint Brieuc to Paimpol was the very last CdN line in use. It closed on December 31st, 1956. How I wish my grand-mother had booked the same house again in 1955 or 1956 instead of inviting us to another resort that had been already deprived of its CdN train service for a long time...!

 

The CdN network was quite extensive but some lines were already closed before the War and the rest soon after, except this one which survived a little longer. Considering the many seaside resorts it served, it should have been retained. It was a very scenic railway. Some viaducts and stations are still extent but others were stupidly destroyed many years ago."

 

COPYRIGHT © Étienne Thilliez.

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Taken sometime in 1952