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“The Little Train that can” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Vapeur du Trieux

La Vapeur du Trieux
Ranked #7 of 15 things to do in Paimpol
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Bishop's Waltham England
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63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“The Little Train that can”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013

The opportunity to ride behind a 100 year old steam train from Paimpol to Trieux a quaint village that sits on the banks of the river Trieux. The service runs in the summer (Check dates through the web) with various events and also a stop in the countryside and a house surrounded in mystery of the Sezanac case of murder and greeted by Bretagne pipes, cider and pancake. Onwards to Trieux and a 3 hour break to explore, lunch or picnic. Eventually time to return and chug back to Paimpol. A superb day and ideal for families. Our day was spent in glorious sunshine and what cannot be enjoyable riding the rails on a 20km journey behind a 100 year old steam train and not many run in France.

Visited July 2013
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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“Interesting Steam Train ride”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

An approximately half hour train ride between Pontrieux and Paimpol (or reverse) in Northern Brittany ( need to book in the high season, English speaking reservation clerk). Lots of opportunity to look over the locomotive and the rolling stock. The carriages were built before modern suspension systems were invented so hang on to the fillings in your teeth !!
A very pretty ride, the views along the Trieux river/estuary are spectacular, with a French and English commentary. It is NOT cheap, 66 euros one way for 4 adults. Take the regular train back for only 12 euros for 4 adults. Both Paimpol and Pontrieux are well worth a visit, so take your time between the outward and return journeys.

Visited June 2013
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Bretherton
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40 reviews
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“Great Day Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2012

Went on this trip on the first week in September which is the last trip this season.

This was a great day out. Going we sat in a 2nd Class carriage with a coach load of French pensioners and had a great time. They made a fuss of our dog Fritz. We came back in luxury in first class ( no extra the same ticket applies). Tickets are collected by some charming French ladies dressed in 1930's costume. You can take a horse drawn vehicle from the station to the town which is probably worthwhile. There are not a lot of restaurants in Pontivy but there is a nice park with benches if you buy a picnic from the shops.

You can also take a boat ride on the river or just stroll around the streets.

Visited September 2012
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Nenagh, Ireland
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“great family day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

lovely day trip - traditional music crepes - going back in time

Visited May 2012
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morlaix
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“Great family day trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

The whole family loved the steam train, the smoke and the steam, the atmosphere and the old period carriages. The trip alongside the Trieux river was marvelous and the stop in Pontrieux memorable. We took a ride from the station into town aboard a house driven carriage ~ excellent

Visited August 2011
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