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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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The Charming Dordogne
29 Oct 2022
D Chillingworth
4 stars
“A most interesting trip, with some spectacular sights, although rather a lot of time (two days out of six) was spent sitting on trains or coaches. The tour manager was very pleasant and helpful, although not himself familiar with the area. Hotel was pleasantly located by the river, if a little distant from the main attractions of the holiday - which perhaps helped to keep the price down. Early start from St Pancras demanded overnight stay and added to the cost - though it was an enjoyable evening in London!
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