Les Amis Du Petit Train Annemasse-Sixt
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Les Amis Du Petit Train Annemasse-Sixt

November 9, 2019


Today in Aiguillages : Annemasse-Sixt Little Train’s Friends Association, a club from Viuz-en-Sallaz, that was displaying one of its models at Montélirail 2014 exhibition. Viuz-en-Sallaz is situated in Haute-Savoie, on the former Annemasse-Sixt little train’s line. Back then, the municipality had a station used by a Northern Economic Railway Corporation’s tram. The line was first operated between Annemasse and Samoens from 1892, and was extended to Sixt in 1914, just before the first World War. Although it was quite successful, thanks to the growth of tourism, including skiing, its traffic declined between the two World Wars and the line closed on May 15th, 1959. This little train gave its name to the association formed by several model-makers from this area, including Alain Dussud. We’re 5 or 6. Do you often take part in exhibitions ? Yes, we do, and we display different scales : we use Hom, N, HO, 0 metric scale with cogs, we represented the Mont Blanc tramway that travels from Saint-Gervais station to Nid d’Aigle, we also use 1 gauge for our quarry trains. In Montélirail, a set of N scaled modules representing another Haute-Savoie line were exhibited. I’m displaying a small N model representing the line between La Roche-Sur-Foron and Annecy in Haute-Savoie, it was the first line supplied with 25,000 volts, before Thionville, before North-East main lines. It’s used by bi-current engines, prototypes that ran on this line : 20 006, 22 000, 25 000. There are TGVs as well as trains from the beginning of the line’s electrification. The club’s layouts are mainly used during exhibitions, as the association doesn’t have premises big enough to assemble permanent models. We don’t have any fixed layout, only equipments for exhibitions, we have small premises, we built little by little, and we only assemble different sections during exhibitions. We created Annemasse-Sixt Little Train’s Friends Association because there was a little train that used a station in Viuz-en-Sallaz, and the association took the name of its Company. La Roche-sur-Foron/Annecy section is the part of the line connecting Aix-les-Bains to Annemasse near Genève This railway was declared of public interest on August 1st, 1860 and given to the PLM Company. This line was used to test a 20,000 volts alternating current supply, from 1950, and from 1953 it was increased to 25,000 volts. At that time, the alternating current already supplying most of the industrial sites was more economical than direct current, that’s why the SNCF’s directors decided to test it. Louis Armand, a PLM engineer that became the SNCF’s CEO during the 1950’s, was from Haute-Savoie. Maybe that’s why the Aix-les-Bains/Annemasse line was chosen to conduct the full-scale experiment : he knew this line well. These few kilometers of track were well suited for this type of experiment because of its main features. This line was quite regularly traveled, but not too much, not to take too many risks during the tests. They were so conclusive that 25,000 volts alternative current became the standard to electrify most railway lines everywhere in Europe. From 1890, La Roche-sur-Foron was connected to Cluses, then to Saint-Gervais le Fayet. Between La Roche-sur-Foron and Annecy, the line runs along the River Arve. This line’s profile is said to be very difficult : Its ramps reach 20 per 1,000 and its curves are narrow, they are rarely under 300 meters radius. Thus, the trains’ speed is often limited to 110 km/h. As everywhere else in Haute-Savoie, the line uses a single track. Next to this layout, Annemasse-Sixt Little Train’s Friends were displaying a play model for children, controlled by computer. This initiative was very appreciated, according to the guestbook’s comments. Next week in Aiguillages, I’ll take you to Belgium, we’ll go to Bruxelles to visit the PTVF, the Forest’s Small Steam Train, where a Live Steam scaled train operates on 5 and 7¼ inches track. Every week, Aiguillages offers a new report about tourist trains or railway model-making. To be sure not to miss any of the next reports, subscribe to its Youtube channel and to its newsletter, you’ll find it on the site : www.aiguillages.eu You’ll receive a mail every week to inform you about new contents published on the site. Until next episode, here is a suggestion of videos to watch for a first or second time.

2 Comments

  • Reply Hubertrain May 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Excellent reportage , bravo Thierry et bonne continuation.

  • Reply nicolasdu14h May 25, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Je suis déçu ! Depuis tout ce temps que je viens à Viuz (à peu près chaque année) je n'ai jamais eu connaissance de cette association ! Dommage que vous n'ayez pas un assez grand local afin de présenter votre réseau à longueur d'année, j'aurais pu venir faire un petit tour, la Normandie n'est pas si loin de la Haute-Savoie pour voir des trains finalement !!! Très beau réseau, enfin de ce qu'on peut voir dans la vidéo… Bonne continuation 😉

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