Compagnie des Chemins de Fer de Grande Banlieue

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Compagnie des chemins de fer de Grande Banlieue or CGB, was a railway company in the Eastern suburban region of Paris, France, in the former département of Seine-et-Oise.

Despite efforts by the company, many of its lines never became profitable. It is the mass use of the automobile that gave the final blow to the CGB, buses took the passengers away from the lines onto irregular and non-direct bus lines. The tramway to Les Halles in Paris closed but the rails remained, plans were to run the trains from Pontoise via Poissy to Paris but residents close to Place de l'Étoile were against it, complaining about the noise of trains at night. Trains ran until 1933.

Le tacot Pontoise-Poissy[edit]

The light railway's bridge in Jouy-le-Moutier.

In 1912 was built a 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) railway line from Pontoise to Poissy. This line linked all the towns and villages along the River Oise to Andrésy and Poissy. The Chemins de fer du Département de Seine-et-Oise wished to link the lines from Paris with a circular line following the river, for technical and economic reasons, the line was built following the meandering river to prevent the building of tunnels and large viaducts. The line was always regarded as a tramway as some portions of the line ran on roads. The journey from Pontoise to Poissy took 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Passenger traffic was never the line's forte so the company tried to generate freight traffic to Paris. Vegetable farmers (maraîchers) transported their stock to Les Halles in Paris by connecting services.

Car and lorry transported killed the non-profitable line and it closed during 1929.

Line openings[edit]

Opened Section Length (km) Closed
Versailles - Magny-en-Vexin / Pontoise
1913 Versailles - Noisy-le-Roi 7 1938
1913 Noisy-le-Roi - Bouafle 31 1944
1912 Bouafle - Les Mureaux 4 1948
1912 Les Mureaux - Meulan 1 1944
1913 Meulan - Sagy 7 1947
1913 Sagy - Magny-en-Vexin 20 1949
1912 Sagy - Pontoise 15 1949
Pontoise - Poissy
1912 Gency (Pontoise) - Maurecourt 7 1939
1912 Maurecourt - Poissy 9 1934
Saint-Germain-en-Laye - Bouafle
1912 Saint-Germain-Bertaux - Saint-Germain-Péreire 3 1937
1912 St Germain-Péreire - Bouafle 16 1948
Arpajon - Corbeil
1911 Arpajon - Etampes-Jeu-de-Paume 30 1948
1912 Etampes-Jeu-de-Paume - Maisse 21 1949
1912 Maisse - Milly-la-Forêt 7 1953
1912 Milly-la-Forêt - Corbeil-Essonnes 26 1949
1912 Etampes-Jeu-de-Paume - Saint-Martin 2 1914
1921 Bouville - La Ferté-Alais 9 1948

Network[edit]

Most of the CGB's lines connected with main lines owned by Chemins de Fer de l'Ouest, linking important towns through valleys.


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