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Restoration of the autorail De Dietrich X 3710

The Autorail De Dietrich X3710 is out of service and is at present kept in storage in the depot at Burnhaupt. Constructed in 1949 it is powered by two 6 cylinder, in line, Saurer BXDS motors developing 320cv. Capable of achieving 120 Km/h it was originally operated by the SNCF and attached to the Metz depot. Amongst other routes it normally ran the Cernay Sewen and Mulhouse Kruth route.

This autorail is an unique example of this type to be preserved in France.

It has been some years since any work has been done so it was sand blasted and painted in red and cream to make it presentable and limit the corrosion. The Autorail De Dietrich has been classed as a “monument historique” in December 2010. This will enable us to obtain the finances to start part of the necessary work. We accept all forms of donations: Money, photos or documents are always welcome if you could please send any donations to the mail address of the association.

The programme of restoration is now happening and if you have any documents or items relevant to the restoration of our autorail or can help in any other way with the restoration we would be pleased if you could contact this e-mail address.


autorail X3710


Restoration of the South-East Steel Carriages   2012-2015

 The four carriages called “trois pattes” are South-East steel 3 axle vehicles. The set comprises one A3B4tz, one B4D and two B6z. All except the B4D are considered classic historical monuments. In this configuration they are going to be painted in their original colours of Celtic green with golden yellow marking.

Constructed by Ateliers PLM in 1906 and steel covered in 1951 their capacity is 50 seats in the B6z and 61 in the A3B4tz. (SNCF info.)

The first carriage started its restoration in 2012.

3 pattes


Restoration of the Eastern brake wagon.

The Eastern brake wagon No. Df101 is our oldest vehicle. Constructed in 1887 by the Ateliers de Mohon it started work for the chemin de fer Robert Espagne.

In the 19th century air braking didn’t exist and the breaking was applied by the guard, by hand, after being given the signal from the driver.

In 1987 this break wagon was classified in the “l’inventaire supplémentaire des monuments historiques”. Its wooden framework is to be entirely reconstructed. When it’s renovated it will be placed behind the Palavas goods train.

serre frein EST