Access by train/transit:
SNCF TER at Gare D'Aubagne
Aubagne is a relatively small town (~47,000 people) 10 miles (16km) due east
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
Open Railway Map
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.
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 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.
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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