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Museum of the history of PLM railway

We have created a museum of the history of the railroad PLM (Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean) from 1882 through the wars.

We welcome you to our small museum within an historic railway wagon. You can view histories of the PLM, the soldiers departing and returning from the two world wars, and a collection of trench art : vases, cigarette lighters, and other items fabricated by the soldiers from artillery shells as they waited in the trenches.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

The train is late. But this is not a problem at Dracy-Saint-Loup, this is normal. The train has been late at Dracy-Saint-Loup for over 20 years. Enjoy your time !

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

Pay attention to the weight of your luggage ! There is a strict limit of 50 kilos for each valise, and a maximum of five valises and 250 kilos !

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

Do your children need schooling on your vacation ? This is not a problem, we have classes for children of all ages at Dracy-Saint-Loup, from 2-95 years old.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

Our professor is very strict, if children ages 2-25 have poor grades, no dessert ! For children 25-95, no apéros !

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

When you prepare for your voyage, please remember to bring all that you will need.

Sur leur chemin vers de grandes aventures.

Follow in the footsteps of the thousands of travelers that passed through the station of Dracy-Saint-Loup on their way to grand adventures.

Our decor is quite authentic

The decor of the station and each bedroom will take you back to the “Golden Age of Rails“, the 1880’s to the 1950’s, but with some modern conveniences !

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

The menu of the Orient Express with service of the CIWL (Compagnie International des Wagons Lits) and PLM (Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean) are all part of our authentic décor.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

Here is a loud trumpet, for the conductor to signal the engineer of the noisy steam train; an original lamp of the PLM.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

The menu of the Orient Express with service of the CIWL (Compagnie International des Wagons Lits) and PLM (Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean) are all part of our authentic décor.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

The telephone of the station chief.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

A coffee or apéritif, madame and monsieur ?

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes en Bourgogne

Do not be afraid of our "Phantom Wolf" -- he only eats ice cream !

Notre 1910 Cockerill 020T locomotive à vapeur avant la restauration.

Our 1910 Cockerill 020T steam locomotive before restoration.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes en Bourgogne

Our collection of four Citroën 2CV cars has two that function on rails !

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

Engineer's cabin of our 1910 Cockerill 020-T steam locomotive

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

Flags of the WW II French Résistance, and "Trench Art" of WW I -- the large and small artillery shells hand-worked into decorative and artistic gifts for those at home by the soldiers in the trenches.

We have an incredible collection of historic objects

Enjoy our collection of over 300 lamps, dinnerware, books, furniture, authentic uniforms, and equipment of the train service of yesteryear.

Many items of our collection are available for you to use, and take a moment to reflect upon the people that also used them, 50, 75, or over 100 years ago.

The historic items for our museum, chambers, and restaurants have been found at auctions, on the internet, at vide-greniers, and received as gifts. The arrive in varied condition, but almost all need repairs, cleaning, and polishing.

The larger table lamps and lamps for the locomotives of the PLM (Paris-Lyon-Mediterranian) are usually marked "PLM" on the top or sides, and often this includes the station they were assigned to. The wall lamps, however, are marked on the rear, so unfortunately you cannot see the markings. This one is from the old station of Montpellier.

"Michèle's magic" : Michèle is our specialist in the restoration of our collection of nearly 150 brass lamps of the PLM, SNCF and Orient Express, and more than 300 silver pieces of the Orient Express and the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL). Her "magic" is giving new life to our collection and restoring them to their original beauty. Michèle's mix of various products and methods to clean away 50-100+ years of neglect is her closely guarded secret. Michèle has succeeded where the ancient alchemists failed -- she has perfected turning old metals into gold ! On the left are items awaiting renovation, on the right are items that Michèle has restored.

We have nearly 150 brass lamps ranging in age from 35 to 135 years. The oldest and most rare have been kept in their original oil lamp configuration, and others have been converted to electric table and wall lamps. We have an impressive collection of H. Luchaire Paris oil lamps manufactured specifically for the PLM.You can see, touch, and use most of our lamps-- the Train des Rêves is a "living museum". You will find some on your dinner table; some in you cabin on the Orient Express; some in the station, and others in the museum wagon. While the table lamps of the Orient Express look very much the same, they were manufactured by at least five different manufactures with different specifications. Therefore, the parts are not interchangeable, making repairs difficult. Sometimes it takes parts from three lamps to make one complete lamp ! For the Luchaire oil lamps, there are at least six sizes of the difficult to find glass chimneys -- a frustrating task.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes en Bourgogne

Items in our small museum and in some of the chambers reflect the history of the PLM/SNCF trains during the wars of the 20th century.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes en Bourgogne

The happy Sous-Chef of Dracy-Saint-Loup is always at your service !

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

You may see some of our staff wearing authentic 1910-1930 uniforms of the PLM from time to time !

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

Authentic hats, 1915 to 1930 of the PLM (Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean) and CIWL (Compagnie Internationale des Wagons Lits (sleeping cars of the Grand Lines); a PLM Agenda of 1912; and a conductors timepiece are part of our museum collection and decor.

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

An example of many of the pieces of the elegant PLM décor of the "Golden Days of Railroads", 1880 to 1980

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

An example of many of the pieces of the elegant PLM décor of the "Golden Days of Railroads", 1880 to 1980

Musée gare PLM à travers les guerres, Gare de Dracy-Saint-Loup Bedand Breakfast, chambres d'hôtes

You may see some of our staff wearing authentic 1910-1930 uniforms of the PLM from time to time !

Musee : mitraillette sten

The commune of Dracy-Saint-Loup was liberated on 8 September 1944 by the the French Army of Colonel Demetz, British soldiers, and the French Résistants. In their retreat the Germans, typically, massacred nearly 85 prisoners of war and wounded soldiers. French artillery and machine gun positions surrounded the station to block the German retreat. In our museum is a Sten submachine gun used by the English troops and parachutists. In the foyer of the Mayor's Office the helmet of one of the French soldiers, Jean ROY, Brigadier Chief of the 2nd Regiment of Dragoons, is displayed. He was killed during the liberation of the region. This area is rich in history.

The Seven Lives of the 8/40 Wagons (8 Horses or 40 Soldiers)

Wagon OCEM-29, Military Camp, Versailles 5ème Régiment of Engineers, Armored Division

Wagon OCEM-29 de Camp des Matelots, Versailles 5ème Régiment du Génie de Division Blindée

The 8/40 OCEM-29 Museum Wagon transferred from the French Army to the Train des Rêves in 2017.

  1. The transport of goods and animals, 1929-1939.
  2. The transport of French soldiers and armaments to the war, 1939-1940.
  3. The transport of prisoners of war from France to the stalags (prison camps) in Germany, 1940.
  4. The transport of conscripted workers or slave laborers to Germany, 1940-1944.
  5. The transport of deportees (Jews, Gypsies, Résistants, Communists, etc.) to the death camps, 1941-1945.
  6. The transport of the freed prisoners of war and deportees home to France after the Libération, 1944-1945 !
  7. The few remaining 8/40 wagons are now serving as museums and historic reminders of their many years of varied service.
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