Panoramique des Dômes
|Panoramique des Dômes|
The train at the bottom of Puy de Dôme
|Locale||Puy de Dôme, France|
|Opened||26 May 2012|
|Owner||Département du Puy-de-Dôme|
|Line length||5.2 km (3.2 mi)|
|Number of tracks||single|
|Track gauge||1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)|
|Electrification||1500 V, DC|
The railway is owned by the Conseil général du Puy-de-Dôme.
The train has a capacity of 1,200 persons an hour.
There was a railway with a non-rack central rail on the Puy de Dôme (using the Hanscotte system) from 1907 to 1925. Construction of the railway started in 1906. It connected Lamartine in Clermont-Ferrand (elevation 390 metres) to an artificial platform near the mountain top at 1,414 metres. The railway was 14.7 km long and operated between 1907 and 1926 at a loss.
The Conseil général du Puy-de-Dôme voted for construction of the new railway in 2008. Construction work was started by SNC-Lavalin in March 2010. SNC-Lavalin operated the railway under a 35-year agreement with the public service.
Traffic was stopped in October 2012 after an accident involving an empty railcar. The operator was replaced by SFTA, a subsidiary of Transdev specialising in mountain railways, and the line was reopened on 2 May 2013.
- Weight : 45 tonnes (44 long tons; 50 short tons).
- Length : 36.5 metres (119.8 ft)
- Capacity: 200 (112 seating and 88 standing)
- Rendez-vous au sommet dans deux ans - La Montagne - Julien Dodon - 10 MARS 2010
- Press release, 15 April 2013 (in French)