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Truffadou Train

The 'Truffadou' Line in France opened for service between Martel and St Denis Les-Martel in 1889, and from then onwards competed strongly with river traffic on the Dordogne. It was successful, but it was dismantled in 1917 by American soldiers to help the First World War effort. The line was rebuilt - also with the help of American soldiers - the following year.

In the inter-war period, the line had a renaissance as it was used to transport truffles from Martel's Market, one of the most important in France at that time. It was because of this that the line got its nickname. The railway continued to operate, though with a dwindling level of success, until its closure in 1980.

The society of concerned enthusiasts grouped to save the railway in 1991, and after much hard work, the railway began to run the Truffadou Train again in 1997. Run entirely by volunteers, the railway runs its entire original length of four miles.

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Dordogne & Lot

The picturesque region of Dordogne is adorned with pretty villages, unique history and many attractions. Take in the beautiful countryside and relax on a journey aboard a heritage train and a river cruise.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
6 days from £675per personView tour details
The Charming Dordogne

Based in pretty Le Bugue, this train holiday takes you to some of the most beautiful parts of the Dordogne, where you can marvel at exquisite medieval towns, outstanding countryside and pre-historic sites.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
6 days from £645per personView tour details
Dordogne Discovery

The beautiful region of the Dordogne is scattered with cliff-top villages, meandering rivers and fascinating history. This exciting tour takes you to the many attractions of this delightful area of France.

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