Chemins de fer du Midi

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Map of the chemins de fer du Midi railway network in a Bordeaux station.
Compagnie des chemins de fer du Midi power station near Artouste

The Compagnie des chemins de fer du Midi, often abbreviated to CF du Midi, was an early French railway company which operated a network of routes in the southwest of the country, chiefly in the area between its main line – which ran from Bordeaux, close to the Atlantic coast, to Sète on the Mediterranean – and the Pyrenees.

In 1934 the company was merged with the Chemin de fer de Paris à Orléans to become part of the Chemins de fer de Paris à Orléans et du Midi (PO-Midi).

In 1856, the Midi completed its rail line from Bordeaux to Toulouse.[1][2] In 1857, it continued on from Toulouse through Narbonne to Sète.[1] This put it in competition with the Canal du Midi, and on 28 May 1858 the railway took over the lease of the canal.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Rolt, L. T. C. (1973). From Sea to Sea. Ohio University Press. ISBN 978-0-8214-0152-1. 
  2. ^ Mukerji, Chandra (2009). Impossible Engineering. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-14032-2. 
  3. ^ "Nicolas Jansburg's Structurae article on Canal du Midi (Translated from French)". Retrieved 13 October 2009.