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AT1 - crochat - 1922

The association has a unique model with this railcar which attracts many train enthusiasts. In addition it is the oldest railcar still in service in France because it dates from 1922.

 

a pioneer

Pithiviers Toury Tramway has been operating since 1892, but like many layouts at that time, it struggled to be profitable. Solutions are then devised to reduce operating costs. One way is to replace some conventional trains towed with steam locomotives by railcars which include a driving compartment and a passenger compartment. Testing began in 1922 with the arrival of the first railcar built by the Henri Crochat Establishments in Paris and registered AT1. It is a "Petroleo-Electric" railcar, that is to say that a petrol engine generates energy to operate an electric motor which turns the wheels. The tests are conclusive and this solution is adopted. It was quickly joined by a second railcar in 1926, this time built by the Franco-Belge company and numbered AT2. Two Crochat bogie railcars purchased in 1938, numbered AT3 and AT4 will arrive on the network. Very light axle trailers numbered R1 and R2 will be built to increase the capacity of the railcars. In the 1950s the AT2 and AT4 will be transformed into passenger cars, that is to say they will be demotorized. The AT1 is the only passenger equipment to have continued to run after the closure of passenger traffic in 1952, because it was used to transport workes.

 

His tourist life

Following the total closure of the Pithiviers Toury Tramway in 1964, the Loiret department transferred it to the association being created. Classified as a "Historic Monument" in 1996, it regularly provides trains or organizes entertainment at the Bellebat terminus on public holidays. The AT3 is also preserved at the P'tit Train de Saint Trojan.

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