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Le Train des Plantations

Sainte Marie, Martinique
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Charles F wrote a review Dec 2018
Newtown, United Kingdom713 contributions197 helpful votes
A short excursion through the plantation on an old diesel pushed/hauled train, very enthusiastic guide leapt on and off the train to show numerous plants and aspects of the actual rum production process. A working knowledge of French is needed for full appreciation, nice to see this partial recreation of the past albeit it hauled cane not people.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Andy S wrote a review Feb 2017
21 contributions26 helpful votes
I would rate this attraction as a 4 for anyone who can understand French reasonably well or with a strong interest in trains / plantation history but a 2 to 3 for other non French speakers. The train ride itself is relatively short, perhaps 2km long in each direction, starting at the Saint James distillery and running almost all the way to the nearby Bannana museum. The journey takes you initially through the distillery, through a number of sugar cane fields, then through a mixture of housing interspersed with various bits of agriculture. The train stops around 10 times and various sections of commentary are given, most frequently focusing on the local flora, including pointing out two types of coffee plants, mango trees, banana palms etc. They also passed around samples of cinnamon bark and another plant. My French is very limited and the majority of the commentary was lost on me and I was amazed how patient my young kids were with the long explanations (best example being the guide pointed out an apricot tree and then spent a couple of minutes explaining how good apricots taste in jam, on cakes etc - things that went way beyond any link to what we were seeing). However from the sections I did understand, the material was actually very interesting on the whole. The train starts at the distillery, where the main museum is free, so it's natural to continue the two into one trip. The Banana Museum is basically at the end of the line but unfortunately there is no concept of getting off the train, going to that museum and taking a later train back
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Date of experience: February 2017
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Barbara B wrote a review Feb 2016
New York93 contributions31 helpful votes
Hard to know what tour was about as it was all in French. Might have been of interest, but, it was free.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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