Behind the Scenes at the Toulouse Train Station

Thanks to Elyse the Magnificent Tour Guide, I and several other lucky area residents got to take a look at the repair shop at Gare Matabiau, the Toulouse train station.

Here are a few shots from the day:

This little guy would push other engines or cars into the garage. The red flag has the local Occitan cross.

Snow plow train. Yes. A snow plow train in southern FR.

You can’t put train cars up on a hydraulic lift, so they use wells for the mechanics to work in below the cars.

It might not look like much, but this car has over 18 million klicks on it. That more than 12 million miles for those of you counting at home in the US.

Wheels pulled out and undercarriage disassembled: This car can be lifted.

An old-timey steam locomotive being rehabilitated by a local train preservation society.

Boys and their boys. Elyse said that this tour had the highest percentage of men of any tour she’s given.


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2 Responses to Behind the Scenes at the Toulouse Train Station

  1. Galloise says:

    I’m amazed at the snow plow train – I thought everyone knew that it never snows in Toulouse!

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