Nevers Railway Heritage aims to make the public discover the richness of the facilities and trades of the rail in Nevers area.
European Heritage Days 2021
On the 18th and 19th September, on the occasion of the European Heritage Days, come to Nevers to discover the railway world as you do not yet know it…
For the first time on the occasion of the European Heritage Days, the various SNCF sites of Nevers open their doors to make visitors discover behind the scenes of their businesses and their installations. Self-guided tours, guided tours but also animations around the theme of the railway will allow you to discover the rail from a new angle. A team of passionate volunteers will accompany you throughout the weekend, rendezvous on the 18th and 19th September in Nevers!
Find below the program of festivities spread over the three major railway sites of the city of Nevers.
The station and its rail dispatcher cabine
Discover behind the scenes of a medium-sized station like Nevers, learn how the railway network works thanks to a unique exhibition of ancient objects and immerse yourself in the past thanks to the historic train and its steam engine on the 1st platform.
The train station is also the starting point for all the guided tours, whether they are on site or at the industrial workshop, you will board an old car to get there. Take place on board the other historic shuttle and discover the depot and its roundhouse : the station is the entry point of the event.
The Industrial Workshops of Varennes-Vauzelles
Used to opening its doors every year on the occasion of May 1st, this year it is on the occasion of the Heritage Days that the “Technicentre Industriel Nevers-Languedoc” (TINL) makes you discover its secrets. A guided tour by registration only allows you to discover this temple of railway know-how unique in France, its various workshops and all the railway trades which – in the shade – operate the trains. All the parts constituting the trains, and allowing their operation, the safety and the comfort of travelers, are created and assembled in this establishment which employs nearly 1,000 people in the greater Nevers area.
The depot and its roundhouse
Place of maintenance and storage of daily trains, the Technicentre Bourgogne-Franche Comté opens its doors for the first time in many years. A self-guided tour will allow you to discover the backstage of this imposing place that stores and maintains the trains of daily life. Cross the workshops and admire the complete rotunda and its “hub” which will be cheered up for the occasion by old trains.
Want to challenge yourself ? Learn about handling trains through driving simulators that are used to train operators.
Hours of opening :
Participate in activities
On September 18 and 19, participate free of charge in all the activities offered on the 3 railway sites of Nevers open to the public : the station and its switch station, the industrial workshop and the depot.
It is necessary to bring a valid health pass to participate in each of the proposed activities.
As a reminder, a valid health pass is:
– A complete vaccination certificate,
– A negative RT-PCR or negative antigenic test of less than 72 hours,
– A certificate of recovery from Covid less than 6 months.
More information on : https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus
You can register for the event since September 1st.
The station and its Rail Dispatcher Cabine
The Industrial Workshop of Varennes Vauzelle
Driver cab simulator
The visit of the depot and its rotunda is free. No registration necessary.
Please note that the Health Pass will be requested at the entrance.
Historic train shuttles are set up to connect the different sites of the event. Access the Technicentre Industriel de Varennes-Vauzelles by the train station of Nevers-Les Perrières to access the tours. Likewise, enter the heart of the depot with the direct shuttle and enjoy a unique experience!
Directions to JEP
The SNCF trains
Coming from Dijon on board the “Picasso” railcar
Saturday 18 : Dijon (06h30), Beaune (07h00), Montchanin (07h37), Le Creusot (07h50), Etang (08h10) et Decize (09h05). Arrival to Nevers at 09h40.
Sunday 19 : Nevers (17h30), Moulins (18h15), Paray-le-Monial (19h15), Montceau-les-Mines (19h45), Montchanin (20h01), Beaune (20h37), Dijon (21h15)
Coming from Clermont-Ferrand aboard the historic TVA train
Saturday 18 : Clermont-Ferrand (8h00), Riom-Châtel-Guyon (8h09), Vichy (8h39) and Moulins (9h11).
Arrival in Nevers at 9h48.
Sunday 19 : Departure from Nevers at 17h39
Moulins (18h36), Vichy (19h08), Riom-Châtel-Guyon (19h38) and Clermont-Ferrand (19h45).
More information and reservations trougought the logo link.
Access by urban transport
The station is accessible by the lines T1, T2, 3, 4, 5, 10,13, 14 by the stop «Nevers Gares».
The depot is accessible on foot (5min) from the stop «Chiquito» served by lines T1 and 5.
For more information (schedules, maps) go to the website of the Nevers bus network, Tanéo.
Access by car