The Vendée Railway in Vendée Bocage offers a 2 hour tourist trip aboard a steam train, connecting Mortagne-sur-Sevre to Herbiers, i.e. 44 km at 30 km/h. Go back in time for an extraordinary ride!

On the old railway line from 1900, the landscapes of the Vendée bocage are revealed: sunken road, valley of the Sevre Nantes. During the trip, you will cross three valleys on viaducts: Barbin (300m long and 38m high), Coutigny and Haute Maunerie before arriving at Les Herbiers station.

Discover the Vendée at full steam!

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The Vendée Railway

A steam train ride 

During your stay around Puy du Fou, go back in time aboard the Chemin de Fer de la Vendée. 22 km at full steam between Mortagne sur Sèvre station and Les Herbiers. At Les Herbiers station, take out your camera! The maneuvers of the railway workers make the show: filling the locomotive with water, maintenance... before returning to the Gare de Mortagne. Departure at 15:30 p.m. from Mortagne for a commented walk and return at 18 p.m. 

The train runs:

  • June and September: every Sunday at 15 p.m.,
  • July and August: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 15 p.m.

Children's entertainment

Children benefit from a special welcome and entertainment: games card given with the child's ticket, “solve puzzles and be part of the Intrepid Club".

Experience: Become a railway worker for a day!

Cross level crossings and enter the station from the driving cabin! Accompany one of the teams of mechanics in driving the locomotive cabin at the head of a restaurant train. They will teach you the signals, the gestures of the profession, the organization of maneuvers and behind the scenes of the railway world...

  • 150€ (from 18 years old)
  • 8pm to 16pm
  • Every Thursday and Saturday from April 4 to November 2, 2024
  • Reservation required (minimum 15 days in advance): 02 51 63 02 01

New arrivals

New for 2024 – Immersion at full steam

Treat yourself to an unforgettable day and learn to drive a steam locomotive under expert supervision. Participate in starting the steam engine, theoretical information, maneuvers, etc.


  • Saturday March 23 or Sunday March 24, 2024 from 8 a.m. to 18 p.m.
  • 350€
  • From 18 years old – good physical condition
  • Reservation required on 02 51 63 02 01
Farm. Opens Sunday at 15 p.m.
2 bis Avenue de la Gare
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The restaurant train: cars of the great express

The Chemin de Fer de la Vendée offers lunch aboard authentic restaurant cars from the international wagon company and major European express trains. These cars will immerse you for lunch, in the mythical art of living of the Great European Express, thanks to their sumptuous decorations and a refined atmosphere.

Who has not one day dreamed of being one of these privileged travelers on these luxury trains whose name symbolizes both a change of scenery, romance, adventure and mystery.
These authentic restaurant cars of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, which have traveled across Europe and beyond, with the most prestigious trains such as the Nord Express, the Flèche d'Or, or the Arlberg Orient Express where circulated restaurant car n°4216. 

  • Several lunch formulas, prices, days of circulation
  • Departure at 12 p.m., return at 15 p.m. at Mortagne sur Sèvre station
  • Online booking (open system)

Groups and schools

The Picasso Railcar also welcomes groups and schoolchildren from April 1 to November 15. Discover the 22 km of the line, in a friendly and deliciously retro atmosphere.

  • Ride of approximately 45 min to 1 hour one way and approximately 1 hour 30 minutes round trip
  • Children's entertainment as part of the Intrepid Club in Vendee.

An association of railway heritage enthusiasts

The Chemin de Fer de la Vendée is an association for the safeguarding, conservation and enhancement of railway heritage through the restoration of old pieces and the organization of educational and cultural activities with the aim of raising public awareness of this heritage of our history. common.

Since 1992 the Association Chemin de Fer de la Vendée has been bringing this tourist railway to life thanks to a team of enthusiasts who ensure the maintenance of the line, the restoration and the upkeep of the equipment.

Extend your visit to Mortagne-sur-Sèvre, Small Town of Character in Vendée Bocage


Discover this charming Little City of Character with many assets:

  • A rich and varied heritage
  • Walks and hikes on the banks of the Sèvre Nantaise
  • Many parks and gardens in the city

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