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Nov 28th, 2011, 06:24 AM
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Hking to see views OF the Little Yellow Train not just FROM it

I'm planning a trip to Europe next spring. I'll be moving around randomly on a Eurailpass, looking especially for pretty, scenic train rides. I've found out about the Little Yellow Train in southeastern France, near Perpignan. It's a no brainer trip for me. I'll definitely devote a day to that ride!

But one thing I like to do on trips like that is to get to a point where I can SEE the train going by, especially when it goes over sights like the vertigo-inducing Séjourné Viaduct with its dramatic double-decker arching. That means getting off the train and walking or hiking to a nearby viewpoint.

Obviously someone has done this, because I've seen photos of the viaduct with the train crossing it. I'd love to take a photo like that myself. But I haven't found any websites so far that explain hiking or walking trails along the route of the train, so I don't know how feasible it'd be for ME to do something like that.

Can anyone either tell me how I might do it or point me to somewhere my Googling hasn't found for me so far? Thx.
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Nov 28th, 2011, 07:21 AM
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You could try to contact the person who took this picture:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenny_pic/5790834411/

although I suspect that it is taken from a curve on the road.
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Nov 28th, 2011, 07:21 AM
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Well I have taken Le Petit Train Jeune a couple of times and agree with you expectations - the train stops many many times and you can hike between stations. I got off and hiked up to some ski resort and had birds' eyes views of the tiny train as it putzed thru the valley far below. I first read about the Little Yellow Train at www.budgeteuropetravel.com site and it may have more info - not sure but also check out www.ricksteves.com for possible details. I would get a large-scale Michelin map and then you can easily see the course of the train and hiking trails (GR - Grand Randonees (sp?) or footpaths more correctly.
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Nov 28th, 2011, 08:49 AM
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There is a trail from Fontpedrouse to La Cabanasse near Mont-Louis along the Yellow Train track.

See : http://www.sunfrance.com/decouvrir/l...le_train_jaune

and contact one of the addresses given at the bottom of the page to get their "guide de randonnée" or "randofiches".
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Nov 28th, 2011, 09:41 AM
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Great replies, all! Thank you very much.
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Nov 28th, 2011, 10:04 AM
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PALENq : theonly GR Rick Steeves would know of is the one going from one end of rue Cler to the other.
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Nov 28th, 2011, 10:46 AM
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GR Rick Steeves would know of is the one going from one end of rue Cler to the other OR to the Vespasienne at the end of Rue Cler!
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