Train des Rêves
2 Allée de la Gare, 71400 Dracy-Saint-Loup, France
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Kevin and Damien, your “conducteurs”
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Christine & Greg Marshall, Owners & Chefs de Gare (French and American)
Christine : After her postgraduate studies in classical literature, Christine specialised in Latin poetry (Catullus, on which she worked particularly), and then taught literature in high schools and colleges. She became a regional supervisor of high school teachers and an evaluator of graduate teachers. Now retired, she can devote herself, without counting her time, to one of her favorite hobbies: hunting for furniture and objects from the XIXth century — the official pretext advanced to her husband, Greg, is: “it’s for the Train des Rêves” !
However, Christine’s small “madness” is her collection of Barbie dolls from the 1960’s: the dolls, outfits, and various accessories … which constitute the Vintage World of Barbie! She has been a presenter at the International Exposition in Paris for several years.
Greg is an American living in France since 2003, he is a former United States Marine infantry commander, and a police officer on the California Highway Patrol (“CHiPs”). Later in life he manufactured electronics equipment and holds several US patents in electronics. Greg has been involved in historic preservation since 1998. He purchased and preserved the last home of aviator Charles Lindbergh in Maui, Hawaii. He has served as President of the Make-A-Wish Foundation (for children with terminal illnesses), President of the Holy Nativity School and the American Cancer Society and met with three U.S. presidents. In France, he has been involved in the preservation and alternative use of railway lines and historic railway stations since 2011.
The couple purchased the 1882 Dracy-Saint-Loup station in 2016, restored it, and installed historic railway cars and steam locomotives, plus a museum with special focus on historic items related to their 1948 Orient Express sleeping car, restaurant car, and other railway cars dating from 1886. The Train des Rêves (Train of Dreams) is now a unique “Living Museum” and a fun place for all — including facilities for handicapped children and adults.