This is what the station at Mûr-de-Bretagne looked like when we acquired the railway.
These two characters (one was called Andre if I remember correctly) were great fun to be around. Here they are painting the station building at Mûr-de-Bretagne.
Lovely traditional French-style railway building.
So much mud. So many grey days. So much work to do!
Taking ballast up the line for laying new track.
France standing on flat wagon.
Newly-built boxcars awaiting bogeys.
A heck of a lot of jarrah sleepers
Laying the track at the Mûr-de-Bretagne terminus.
The new big boxcar
Bringing in new rails
Always seemed to rain when we were track laying
A muddy affair indeed; track laying in the rain.
We used spikes on this railway unlike the Fairbourne in which we used clips which we bolted into the sleeper.
Once a slap of paint goes on, things seem to brighten up immeasurably. Even the weather improved! Behind is the half-size replica of the Galloping Goose.
John’s German shepherd dog, King, in one of the boxcars. Made a great guard dog!
The Passing Loop
Mûr-de-Bretagne terminus almost completed
Despite not being completely finished, passenger trains began to run.
I have really no idea what this was all about but I’m sure it was a local thing.