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Centre de la Mine et du Chemin de Fer

Museum (OIGNIES)

Spoken languages : allemand, anglais

This centre shows what an important part the closely-related railway and mining industries played in local history. One area exhibits the history of coal mining through a wealth of archives, photos and objects. Another area is devoted to railways, and here you'll find models of trains of all sizes and model rail layouts. Many of them are genuine miniature steam trains going along the tracks and paying tribute to the Super Pacific Nord, locomotive of legends that weighs more than 130 tonnes. There are also six authentic postal wagons you can board, and as you go along in these specialised wagons, you'll hear all about how the Post sorted the mail in the old days.