Gare de Cherbourg

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Cherbourg
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Station statistics
Address Cherbourg-Octeville, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
Coordinates 49°38′00″N 1°37′17″W / 49.63333°N 1.62139°W / 49.63333; -1.62139Coordinates: 49°38′00″N 1°37′17″W / 49.63333°N 1.62139°W / 49.63333; -1.62139
Line(s) Mantes-la-Jolie–Cherbourg railway

Gare de Cherbourg is the railway station of the city of Cherbourg, France. It is the western terminus of the Mantes-la-Jolie–Cherbourg railway.

On 5 September 1850, the president Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte visited Cherbourg and demanded the continuation of work on the Arsenal. He also demanded the construction of a railway line linking Cherbourg to Paris. The construction of the line was approved in 1852. The station was opened on 4 August 1858 by Napoleon III who arrived on the imperial train from Paris.

At the time of opening, the trip to Paris took ten hours and cost 22.85 FrF for a third class ticket and 41.55 FrF for a first class ticket.

Queen Victoria visited the city and its station the same day and took part in the grandiose celebrations. The third dock of the Cherbourg Arsenal, 1 200 000m³ in size, was opened and a steam ship immediately sailed from it.

At the end of the day, a statue of Napoleon I on a horse by Armand Le Véel was unveiled.

Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
Terminus TGV
toward Dijon-Ville
Intercités Terminus
toward Lisieux
TER Basse-Normandie 1 Terminus
  Ferry Connections  
Terminus   Irish Ferries
Ferry
  Rosslare Europort
Terminus   Irish Ferries
Ferry
  Dublin Port
Terminus   Brittany Ferries
Ferry
  Poole
Harbour
Terminus   Brittany Ferries
Ferry
  Portsmouth
Harbour

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