In General
Getting Here
Station by Station


In General

Location / Name:
Aubagne FR, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

What's Here:
The Aubagne Tram (Light Rail)
SNCF Gare D'Aubagne

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 0442
ZIP: 13005 / 13400

Access by train/transit:
SNCF TER at Gare D'Aubagne

The Scoop:

Aubagne is a relatively small town (~47,000 people) 10 miles (16km) due east from Marseille.

The town is unique in the sense that it has a light rail / tram system - pretty much unheard of in a town of that size.  The system runs from Gare D'Aubagne on the north end, to Le Charrel on the south end - a ride of about 1.81 mi (2.91 km).  There are plans to extend the system, but so far, the extension has not materialized.

Fr. Latreille
Serge F.
Mega Anorak
Google Maps
Open Railway Map
Bing Maps

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

From Marseille, take the A50 east about 10 miles.  On the west side of Aubagne, the road splits and D501 heads north(ish), take that to the first exit and get off at D@, at the traffic circle, take the first exit, which takes you over the tracks, and curves around a couple of times.  D2 eventually acquires the name Av. Antide Boyer.  When you get the the light rail tracks at Rue du Doct Barthélémy, take a left onto Rue de Doct Barthelemy.


This is probably an early version of the system with preliminary names for the stations:


Gare D'Aubagne

GPS Coordinates: 43.29604, 5.56650
Sq. Marcel Soulat, 13400 Aubagne, France

Gare d'Aubagne is a railway station serving the town of Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône department, southeastern France.  It is situated on the Marseille–Ventimiglia Railway.  The station will be the centre of a planned 9 km tram network.  I'm not finding much information on the station.  Since the line from Marseille to Aubagne was built in 1858, it appears that the station was opened in 1858 (according to the page above).

The station complex and the adjoining yard (on the north side of the station) has 11 tracks in it, and (probably) four of them are used for the station and it's passenger trains.  South of the passenger tracks is a small MOW yard with a turntable.

North of the yard, is a parking lot, which is accessable via a walkway over the yard.  May be a good spot for pictures, depending on the condition of the windows.

OCT2007, looking east, photo by Fr. Latreille via Wikipedia

Looks like this small "park" on the overpass on Av Roger Salengro is a good spot for elevated pictures.

photo by Rld_G./2018

photo by peters452002/2011

photo by Serge F./2016

photo by Baptiste, 2017

photo by Baptiste, 2016

photo by Baptiste, 2016

photo by Baptiste, 2016

The Yard

The freight portion of the yard looks like it has seven tracks in it, with a double slip switch when coming in from the west side.  To the south, and easily accessable from the streets, is a small maintenace yard with a turntable, and three sections of the old roundhouse still standing.

I have to believe this is a double exposure... if not, it's an interesting design :-)

The Aubagne Tram

Most of this page is about the light rail/tram system of Aubagne.

Construction on the Aubagne Tram started in February 2013.  Phase 1 opened for service on September 1, 2014 (Le Charrel - Pôle d'échange d'Aubagne) i.e. connecting with the SNCF station).  Phases 2 and 3 were supposed to open in 2016 and 2019.  The tram includes a fleet of compact Citadis LRV's.  The trams have been painted with brightly colored "monsters" that are designed to frighten small children.  It is all part of the Tramway Aubagne's safety program.  Line/phase 1 is complete and runs from the station to Le Charrel.  Line 2 will run from the station to La Penne-sur-Huveaune - Construction was supposed to start in 2012 for an opening from 2014 or so.

So, let's dive into the tram system.......


Station by Station

Gare D'Aubagne

GPS Coordinates: 43.29568, 5.56278

Martin L. King

GPS Coordinates: 43.29298, 5.56497

Ravel Decroix

GPS Coordinates: 43.29048, 5.55992

La Tourtelle

GPS Coordinates: 43.28568, 5.55449

Maintenance Shops

GPS Coordinates: 43.28536, 5.555047


GPS Coordinates: 43.28470, 5.54803

Chateau Blanc

GPS Coordinates: 43.28170, 5.55011

Le Charrel

GPS Coordinates: 43.27923, 5.55115

This is the last station on the south end of the line.  The station only has one track in it.

Bridges and Tunnels

  SNCF over Av. Manouchian

GPS Coordinates: 43.28792, 5.54797, on the west side of town
One newer span, two older ones, both look like steel girder bridges.

  SNCF over Rue de Gemenos

GPS Coordinates: 43.29632, 5.58277, on the east side of town

Tram / Light Rail Bridges

There are none, as the entire system is at street/surface level.


  Bar Signals

Bar signals for controlling the trains are housed in a standard traffic light housing.

Signal going into the station at Gare d'Aubagne.

  Pedestrian Crossing Signal


The Marseille - Ventimiglia Railway

From Wikipedia: The Marseille–Ventimiglia railway (French: Ligne de Marseille-Saint-Charles à Vintimille; Italian: Ferrovia Marsiglia-Ventimiglia) is a French- Monégasque-Italian 259-kilometre-long (161 mi) railway line. It opened in several stages between 1858 and 1872. It is used for passenger (express, regional and suburban) and freight traffic as the primary railway line serving the French Riviera; a new high-speed line, the LGV Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, is planned for opening around 2035 to offer quicker travel times between Marseille, Toulon, Cannes and Nice.

History: The Marseille–Ventimiglia railway was built and used by the Chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée. The first section that was opened in 1858 led from Marseille to Aubagne. The line was extended to Toulon in 1859 and to Les Arcs in 1862. Cagnes-sur-Mer was reached in 1863 and Nice in 1864. The line was extended to Monaco in 1868 and to Menton in 1869. Finally in 1872 the section to Ventimiglia was opened.

Main stations on the line: Marseille-Saint-Charles, Marseille-Blancarde, Aubagne, La Ciotat, Toulon, Fréjus, Cannes, Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, Nice-Saint-Augustin, Nice-Ville, Nice-Riquier, Monaco-Monte-Carlo (underground), Menton and Ventimiglia IT. end wiki

I need at least one bus picture here - at the D42 and D2/Rue de Gemenos traffic circle:



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