Restored diesel railcar
Map of the old Boulogne - Saint-Omer railway line (Tourist
Trains in blue, Rando-Rail cycle-trains in
Service is seasonal Click on 'SNCF' above for main-line
trains to St-Omer.
Travel a rural branch
You enjoy the changing scene out of the windows as the
restored 1950's diesel railcar chugs through the countryside
of the Audomarois Nature Park outside Saint-Omer. The
guide's commentary tells you how first canals, then railways
drove the economic expansion of the area in the 19th
Having visited the amazing canal lift
near Arques station ("Les Fontinettes"), you're planning to
alight at Helfaut-Wizennes to visit La Coupole, the museum
of World War 2 rockets. Maybe there'll be time for a
peaceful country walk.
Since 1992, railway enthusiasts have been collecting old
rolling stock in preparation for re-opening the 17 km
Arques-Lumbres section of the old railway from St.Omer to
Boulogne which closed in 1959.
Now they run tourist trains every summer,
at weekends (Sat and Sun) and holidays at Easter and May -
September [but check as opening may
vary]. The line is worked using old
French and Polish diesel railcars - some steam locomotives
are being restored, and volunteers hope these will soon see
L'Ascenseur des Fontinettes - old canal boat lift, next to
ARQUES station. The Crystal d'Arques glass factory and
factory shop is also close to the station.
Crossing the river Aa by
ELFAUT-WIZERNES station -
next to La Coupole, Museum of World War 2 Rockets and space
4. SETQUES station - for
country walks and cycle rides. Cycles are carried free on
picture] ESQUERDES station:
short walk to the Paper-making museum, Maison du
5. LUMBRES Station - end of
the line. Good point for country walks and cycle rides.
Cycles are carried free on the trains. Near to stables for