For a long time, since 1993, the La Suzanne integration project had, in their case, a tourist railway project that has been refined over the years and, particularly, in the early 2000s, when we saw the end of the tunnel of the restoration of the locomotive Suzanne.

In fact, in the Forêt de Massonge, north-west of Bar-le-Duc, there remained beautiful remains of the Varinot platform, properties in most of the state (ONF management). The temptation was great to reinstall a metric track to put Suzanne back on track and create a tourist railway. And to revive the ancient P'tit Meusien ...

4 km.200 of the old route seemed available and the NFB and some private owners did not oppose this project.

The favorable opinion of a feasibility study by the firm PROTOURISME, and the technical study of Rail'Consult showed that this dream could become reality ...

Drawing of the future journey in the forest of Massonge
Dessin du futur trajet en forêt de Massonge

Since the creation of the new association C.F.H.V.S. (Historical Railway of the Sacred Way), on November 23rd, 2009, everything was done to obtain the support of our institutional partners: State, Region, Department, Community of Communes ... To decide them took more time than planned, since it is only current in 2013, after the donation of a parcel intended for the implantation of the station by a generous donor, Mrs Deutsch-Leblanc, that the first works were undertaken.

The project, to roll a historical monument at the head of a historic train on its historical course, is happening, today, to be realized!

Its starting point is at the foot of the district of the Federation and its terminus on the edge of the forest of Massonge (locality Saint-Christophe, common Vavincourt). The rails are being laid and the ballasting of the track is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

The technical building and the ticket office, built under the supervision of the Meuse-Grand-Sud Agglomeration Community, will be located next to Bar-le-Duc, while at the terminus, after crossing deep gorges, crossed embankments. vertiginous, grazed by magnificent beech and oak forests, there will be an Adrian-style hut designed to evoke the Great War.

This second stage should be completed in 2016 to allow testing and start of operation of the line in the autumn of that year.

The forest of Massonge and a trace of Meusien

Suzanne was passing and repassing here

La foret de Massonge et une trace du Meusien

And that will be all?

No ! Because, the Board of Directors of the CFHVS considered that the tourist train could not, by itself constitute a sufficient attraction and that it was necessary, in complement, to set up one or more types of animations to retain the public longer not ferrivophilous.

The Adrian barracks will be divided into 3 rooms, the first of which will evoke the field hospitals during the war years, the second the history of the Meusian railway and the third will be reserved for temporary exhibitions.

Around the barracks and throughout the course, will be installed silhouettes of soldiers on foot and on horseback, various vehicles (tanks, trucks ...) to give the illusion of a strong warrior activity at the approaches of the path of iron.

Other fun activities will be organized at the end of the train in memory, in particular, the invention of the pedals by Pierre Michaux, a native of Bar-le-Duc. The forest trades (sawyers, charcoal, glassmakers ...) will also be highlighted as well as the local flora and fauna.

the piou-piou and his wife
le piou-piou et sa femme

Because, in the long term, it is envisaged, from the beginning, to create a place evoking the inventors Meusiens ... Because the Meuse, land of inventors, must honor his children whose creative spirit allowed leading technical advances (Pierre and Ernest Michaux and pedal velocipede, Nicolas Cugnot and the steamer, Frédéric Dyckoff and the diesel engine, General Estienne and the tank ...).

Revive the Meusien, the Varinot, evoke its eminent role during the Great War and, above all, see again the plume of smoke Suzanne float over the Meuse countryside, what a beautiful dream!

A dream ? What did I say ? No ! Reality !

Jean Boucheré