I think in another life, one where I couldn't have turned into a blogging geek, I might have become a train geek. A really fun part of my day trip to Albi a week ago was simply taking the train there from Rodez.
The Rodez-Albi-Toulouse line is part of the ter regional network, and some of its trains are pretty spiffy:
But somehow I generally don't get put on those models. I took to the rails last week in this:
Suffice to say I'm glad I didn't spring for the above first class compartment.
I imagine trains like this one have a few technical problems, and before leaving Rodez, I got a glimpse of what must be a sort of train ambulance -- SECO-RAIL!
Actually, my second-class car was pleasant enough, although I suspect the SNCF will be rethinking their color scheme when they get around to replacing this set of older regional trains:
The mustard-yellow seats do get a little hard on the eyes, which is why I like to catch bits of the smaller gares along the way:
This weekend I'm off for another little trip: to the Ariège department to see friends. It will be a family car trip though, so don't worry -- I won't bore you with more railway shots.
Bon weekend de Pentecôte!