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Lost Railways of La Gironde France

Updated on November 19, 2014

Disappeared French Branch Railways Lines in the La Gironde Region of France

Branch Railways once opened up and served many small towns in France. These lines crossed forests, ran alongside lakes, rivers and oceans. Before the arrival of the railway many country regions were practically cut off in winter as the the sandy soils made road maintenance difficult.

As in other countries the motor car boom of the 1950s and onwards made these lines uneconomic and they were gradually closed down. This lens is designed to show the vestiges of these lines.

The Lens concentrates on the Facture-Andernos-Lacanau-Lesparre which opened up the North Bassin of the Bay of Arcachon. This line was opened in 1884, Lacanau - Arès : closed for passengers January 1951, Ares to Facture Passengers September 1971 ( and the whole route in December 1978 for merchant traffic (mostly wood))

Andernos Les Bains Station (Facture-Lesparre)

Gare de Andernos les Bains

This station is probably in the best condition as it it now serves as the town Tourist Office. The former goods office is now a Billiards Hall. A cycling club also uses part of the station. Sarah Bernhardt used this station when she came to stay. Many Andernosians remember the train.

Andernos Les Bains Goods Station (Facture - Lesparre)

Andernos les Bains Gare de Marchandise

This is about 150 meters to the North of the former Station and is now an ivy covered Billiards Hall

Andernos les Bains (Town side) (Facture-Lesparre)

Ancience Gare D'Andernos cote ville

The former Andernos station viewed from the town side

Lanton Station (Facture - Lesparre)

Ancienne Gare de Lanton

This is now a private dwelling the "Lanton" name plate has been removed

Taussat Station (Facture-Lesparre)

Ancienne Gare de Taussat

Now a private dwelling. Still has station clock, name plate, and lamp. Also see separate photo an actual rail

Actual Rail from the Facture-Lesparre Railway at Taussat Station

One lone rusty rail

Ares Station (Facture-Lesparre)

This is the Town side, used by CAP 33 who organize free team sports for tourists

Facture-LeSparre Station List

  • Facture
  • Audenge
  • Lanton
  • Taussat
  • Andernos
  • Arès
  • Lège A track of 60cm connected to the American Base at Le Cap Ferret
  • Lauros
  • Le Porge
  • Mistre
  • Lacanau Ville with junction with Bordeaux-Lacanau Océan
  • Devinas
  • Carcans
  • Pipeyrous
  • Lupian
  • Hourtin
  • Cartignac Antenne vers Contaut
  • Naujac sur Mer
  • Lesparre-Medoc. Lesparre still has a single track electric train from Bordeaux to Pointe de Grave

Gare de Carcans

photo Sud Ouest Newspaper

Gare de Hourtin

This was a private residence, has now been restored

Old Map of French Railways Du Midi - Wonderful old map in Bordeaux St Jean Station showing French Railways in all their glory

Main lines in Red (probably all still existing)

Branch Lines in Brown (Presumably all gone)

Photo by fredpanassac / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Intact Railway Bridge over the Betey at Andernos

The bridge now servers as a cycle path of course.

Railway Bridge over the Betey, Andernos with view of the cycle path


Gare de Mistre - I very nearly cycled by this station as it is surrounded by trees

Gare de Mistry
Gare de Mistry

This was called a halt.

Former Gare de Mistre from the Road

Former Gare de Mistry from the Road
Former Gare de Mistry from the Road

Former Gare de Lacanau Ville

Former Gare de Lacanau Ville
Former Gare de Lacanau Ville

this was one of the station outbuildings, the actual station has been demolished by the Canalais

Junction of the Bordeaux-Lacanau and Facture Lesparre Railway lines

Junction of the Bordeaux-Lacanau and Facture Lesparre Railway lines
Junction of the Bordeaux-Lacanau and Facture Lesparre Railway lines

Location of the Former Lacanau Ville Station

Location of the Former Lacanau Ville Station
Location of the Former Lacanau Ville Station

Hi I can't take any more photos until next year, so would be grateful for any railways photos, stations, railway buildings, artefacts, modern trains etc (just leave a comment)

Have you Seen any Railway Relics?

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      6 years ago

      I like visiting old railway stations, so this is a cool lens to me.

      Never road on a train, but would love to do that. :)

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      6 years ago

      Dear Sir, I understand that in the early 1960s a number of ex-London Underground carriages were used in the Bordeaux region. At least one photo from 1960 shows them in use in Lacanau Medoc vers Bordeaux. If you find any can you let me know ?

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      9 years ago

      @Kate Phizackerl1: Next summer I want to get back and photo more "lost" stations

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      Kate Phizackerl1 

      9 years ago

      Such melancholy. 5*

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      9 years ago

      Excellent lens, reminded me of happy times


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