Rosny-Rail is a railway museum located in the station of Rosny-sous-Bois ( Seine-Saint-Denis ).

The museum is organized around different themes: the history of the railway, the way, the signaling, the rolling stock, etc. A dozen have been built according to a thematic and chronological breakdown of major rail functions of the late xix th century to the present day 1 .

In addition to the simple visit, visitors can try driving a train on a miniature network thanks to a reconstructed driving cabin, and take a ride on a DU 65 type track on the track. service, adjoining the museum.

The station hall

The entrance of the museum is the reconstruction of a rural station of the 1930s, with its wooden counter and luggage storage. The waiting room has a coal stove. There is also a balance for parcels, trunks and suitcases ready to be shipped and posters.

The railway

After the luggage, it is the way that is evoked with the help of rail coupons recovered in the station as a result of maintenance work. Also presented numerous mender tools mostly dating from the early xx th century .


In order to be able to operate safely, at all times railway lines have been equipped with signals just as roads are.

The museum has a large collection, most of mechanical type. Explanatory panels show the role of each of them. Nevertheless, the most impressive and unusual are exposed outside the museum as the checkered square of the PLM company dating from the 1860s.

The museum has a Vignier-type switchboard from the Moulins-sur-Allier region , built by the PLM company. It was completely dismantled and reassembled at the museum.

The driving of trains

To introduce visitors to the driving of trains, a driving cab of a former suburban train has been rebuilt. It allows to control a train on a miniature network.

Rolling stock

Rolling stock is kept outdoors, which volunteers strive to preserve.

The accumulator locotractor

This electric locotractor, built in 1930 by the AEG company, was used until 1990 for the maneuvering of freight wagons in industrial warehouses of La Plaine Saint-Denis north of Paris.

The real peculiarity of this machine comes from the fact that it worked with electric motors while most of the locomotives operate with diesel engines.

Under each hood were the batteries to power the traction motors.

This machine was recovered by the association Rosny-Rail in 1997 and is currently awaiting restoration. There is another gear of the same type that was saved by the Tourist Railway Valley Eure (CFVE) in Pacy-sur-Eure.

The motor coach

This car was born from the assembly of a chassis of a 1950 horseback with a box (cabin) of a 1965 car.

The control console is positioned in the center of the cab so that the driver can see in both directions of operation.

These machines were used to transport track workers with their tools. She made her career in the Paris-Est region; it was assigned to the Noisy-Le-Sec depot until the mid-1990s. It was retired from active duty because of its limited speed at 60 km / h and its narrow rear deck.

It was also recovered in 1997 when it was intended to be exhibited as a monument (colloquially: flower pot) in the yard of his home storeroom.

The hand-pedal

The “Lorry” handpicker was imported by the US and British armies during the “Great War” to transport officers to the lines close to the front.

These machines were subsequently used for the inspection of the tracks and the transport of the teams of roadmenders with their small equipment. They were taken out of service because of the arrival of the motor coaches in the 1930s.

The chassis of this draisine was found in Questembert station , in Morbihan . Repatriated to Noisy-Le-Sec, the members of the Noisean Railway Club undertook the reconstruction of the wooden chassis and the propulsion system with the help of the mechanical service of the yard of Noisy-le-Sec. After fifteen days of work, the craft was ready for its first 30 km expedition in the Côte d’Or, from Recey-sur-Ource to Châtillon-sur-Seine.

This Lorry has made several trips with the authorization of the competent services of the SNCF on lines closed to all traffic, especially on the Little Belt of Paris .

On 24 August 1997, he participated in a speed skating competition organized in Laupen (Switzerland) by the association “Futurebike”, an association whose aim is to promote motorized equipment by muscular force. Only registered in the category “Historic Gear”, this tracker reached an average speed of 26.770 km / h over 200 m (record still undefeated to date).


Notes and references

  1. ↑ France site view of the train, Rosny Rail read  [ archive ] and see online (accessed January 31, 2010)

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