Chemins de Fer de la Corse - CFC
 
Page 1: Autorails & Trailers
 
 
This page is the first in a series devoted to postcards and photographs of the Chemins de Fer de la Corse (CFC). This page shows autorails and trailers. CFC - Page 2 is devoted to diesel locomotives and stations.
 
 
Map of the island's railways.
Casamozza-Porto-Vecchio is now closed.
Ajaccio-Propriano and Port-Vecchio-Bonifacio were proposals only.


Brief History of Corsican Railways:-
In 1877, the decision to build a metre gauge railway in Corsica was taken, starting with the Bastia-Ajaccio route. For a long time its completion was considered impossible, due to the difficult terrain. 1888 saw the inauguration of the Bastia-Corte and Ajaccio-Bocognano sections. The remainder opened in sections until completion in 1894.
 
At the beginning of the First World War, the Corsican network covered 295 kilometres of track. The network was further extended at the beginning of the Second World War, and the western line linking Porto-Vecchio was inaugurated. Unfortunately, the Second World War destroyed a lot of the infrastructure, and halted the railway's expansion. Thereafter, the Chemins de fer de la Corse fought for its existence over many years. In 1955, the fight against the closure of the La Balagne line (from Ponte-Leccia as far as Calvi) mobilised the railway workers and the Corsican population. In 1959, and again in 1972, popular support fought for keeping open the remaining 232 km of track. The railcars of CFC seem to be known as "Les Micheline" locally, although I understood this name to refer to the pneumatic-tyred railcars once used in France. I do not think any operated in Corsica

The succession of private operators running the railway ended in 1983. Decentralisation laws enabled Corsica to run its own regional transport systems. The SNCF took over the management of the network. In September 2001, the Corsican authorities gave SNCF the responsibility of operating the railway as a public service. Working together, the State, the Corsican authorities and SNCF have jointly produced a modernisation plan aimed at ensuring the rail service's future. Over 110 million euros are to be committed towards improvements, with new
new railcars and renovation of existing rolling stock will take place. The new railcars will allow a reduction in journey times (Ajaccio-Bastia in 2h 30), and service frequencies will be increased.
 
 
Sections on this Page:-
Autorails - Renault ABH 8
Autorails - CFD X 2000
Autorails - Soulé X 97500
Autorails - AMG 800
Autorails - Trailers
 
Sections on Page 2:-
Diesel Locomotives - CFC
Diesel Locomotives - CFG
Stations
Station - Bastia
Station - Calvi
Station - Corte
Station - Ile Rousse
Station - Vivario
Lines - Ajaccio-Corte
Lines - Calvi-Ile Rousse
 
Associated Pages:-
CFC - Page 1 - CFC autorails and trailers - this page!
CFC - Page 2 - CFC diesel locomotives and stations
Chemin de fer de Provence - Nice-Digne Narrow Gauge
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Renault ABH 8 Autorails
 
The CFC retains two 40-seat Renault ABH 8 autorails built in 1949. Similar Renault Class ABH1 autorails remain on the Chemin de fer de Provence. In April 2004, ABH 8 autorail 204 was at Calvi, for summer use along the coast.
 
 
Roc-é-Mare postcard 2403 of Renault ABH 8 "La Micheline" autorail at Calvi.
 
 
Roc-é-Mare postcard 2399 of Renault ABH 8 "La Micheline" autorail on the beach at Calvi.
 
 
Superiore postcard C5040 of Renault ABH 8 "La Micheline" autorail on the beach at Calvi.
 
 
La Corse postcard 43.16.31 of Renault ABH 8 "La Micheline" autorail on the beach at Calvi.
 
 
 
 
Renault ABH 8 "La Micheline" autorail 204 at Calvi.
Note the white radio antennae, recently added to this car.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Renault "La Micheline" autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Renault "La Micheline" ABH 8 autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Renault ABH 8 autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Renault ABH 8 autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Renault ABH 8 autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Renault autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Builders' plate on Renault autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Poyaud diesel engine on Renault autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Poyaud diesel engine on Renault autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Renault ABH 8 autorail 204 at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CFD X 2000 and X 5000 Autorails
 
CFC maintains five 48-seat CFD X 2000 autorails, built in 1975/76. Two were in use on the Calvi section in April 2004, one on the Bastia trains and one on the short workings to Ile Rousse, marketed as the Tramways da la Balagne. Two further X 5000 autorails were delivered in 1982/83.
 
 
F.A.C.S. postcard 504 of an X2000 autorail on the quay at Ajaccio.
 
 
U.Segnu postcard 930 of an X5000 autorail.
 
 
 
 
 
X2000 autorail at Bastia.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, August 2001.
 
 
X2000 autorail at Bastia.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, August 2001.
 
 
Autorail 2002 at Calvi, on Bastia service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2002 at Calvi, arriving from Bastia.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2002 at Calvi, arriving from Bastia.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2002 at Calvi, leaving for Bastia.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2002 at Calvi, leaving for Bastia.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, arriving from Ile Rousse.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, arriving from Ile Rousse.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, arrived from Ile Rousse.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, prior to taking Ile Rousse service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, prior to taking Ile Rousse service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, prior to taking Ile Rousse service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, prior to taking Ile Rousse service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, prior to taking Ile Rousse service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, prior to taking Ile Rousse service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, prior to taking Ile Rousse service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, prior to taking Ile Rousse service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Calvi, prior to taking Ile Rousse service.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Ile Rousse, after arriving from Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Ile Rousse, after arriving from Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Ile Rousse.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Ile Rousse.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Ile Rousse.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Ile Rousse.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Autorail 2005 at Ile Rousse.
The short workings from Calvi to Ile Rousse are marketed as the Tramways da la Balagne, with local authority financial support.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Interior of autorail 2005.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
Interior of autorail 2005.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Autorails - Soulé X 97500 and X 9700
 
 
In 2005, the primary railcars of CFC are the seven 44-seat Soulé X 97500 railcars built between 1989 and 1997. They work with six 54-seat Soulé XR 9700 trailers built at the same time, and maintain the main Bastia-Corte-Ajaccio services until the arrival of the new AMG 800 autorails in 2007.
 
 
Sarl.Desjobert.Desjo postcard 17-018 of Soulé X 97500/9700 railcars.
 
 
 
Sarl.Desjobert.Desjo postcard 17-018 of Soulé X 97500/9700 autorails on the beach at Calvi.
This is also described as "La Micheline" on the card.
 
 
 
Soulé autorail 9702 at Ajaccio, about to leave for Corte and Bastia.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 28th July 1995.
 
 
Soulé autorail 9702 at Corte.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 28th July 1995.
 
 
Soulé autorail 9702 at Corte.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 28th July 1995.
 
 
Soulé autorail 9702 at Corte.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 28th July 1995.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Autorails - AMG 800
 
In 2007, new AMG 800 panoramic autorails will be introduced on the Bastia-Corte-Ajaccio route, reducing journey times to 2hr 30min. Each unit will have a capacity of 103 people in a length of 40m. Three units will be able to operate in multiple in normal service, providing 309 seats. Two Deutz V8 BF8M diesels of 440 kW will drive the train through Voith hydraulic transmissions, giving a speed of 83 kmph and improved hill-climbing compared to the existing Soulé stock, which can then be transferred to the Bastia-Calvi route. 12 large diesel engines from CFG arrived in Corsica in November 2004 to assist with the track improvements.
 
 
Artist's impression of the new panoramic railcars.
 
 
Plan of the new panoramic railcars.
 
 
Artist's impression of the interior of the new panoramic railcars.
 
 
Artist's impression of the interior of the new panoramic railcars.
 
 
Artist's impression of the interior of the new panoramic railcars.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Autorails - Trailers
 
 
57 seat Garnero trailer, rebuilt from a railcar, at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
57 seat Garnero trailer, rebuilt from a railcar, at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
57 seat Garnero trailer, rebuilt from a railcar, at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
57 seat Garnero trailer, rebuilt from a railcar, at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
57 seat Garnero trailer, rebuilt from a railcar, at Calvi.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th April 2004.
 
 
 
 
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