Saturday, May 24, 2008

Montenvers Train Celebrates its 100 Anniversary

The Chemin de fer du Montenvers, a mountain cog railway in Chamonix celebrates its hundredth anniversary. The line (5.1 km long) runs from the centre of Chamonix at 1,035 m, to the Hotel de Montenvers station, at the Mer de Glace, at an altitude of 1913 m. The Mer de Glace, located on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc Massif, is the longest glacier in France (14 km and 200 metres deep). Trains run at 14 to 20 kilometers per hour and the journey last 20 minutes. The line opened in 1909 and was worked by steam locomotives until it was electrified in 1953. With over a million passengers each year it is one of the Valley's great attractions.
For the Centenary, a nice programme -Montenvers Soirées- are being organized twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays in July, August and September. The high spot will be the celebration of the anniversary itself on August 9th, 10th and 11th with the Opera Perfomances Opéra en Fête.

Montenvers Railway Video. The train is operated by the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc.
Rhône-Alpes TV: Chamonix Mont-Blanc et les glaciers: