On March 1, 1832, the first passenger train service in France left St.
ST. ETIENNE, FRANCE 1 MARCH, 1982 (REUTERS - PIERRE RIHOUET )
GV Crowds outside St. Etienne station. 0.06
SV Transport Minister Charles Fiterman among crowds. 0.11
GV Track and platform crowded with people. (2 SHOTS) 0.16
SV Steam locomotive of 1930 hauling carriage up and past camera. 0.37
TRAVEL SHOT Leaving station and along track. (3 SHOTS) 0.52
SV Engineer inspecting engine as train stands in station. 1.01
CU Notice with information about the train. 1.04
VARIOUS SHOTS OF Another old train of 1850 in sidings (8 SHOTS) 1.32
SV VARIOUS SHOTS Another locomotive with crowds looking. (5 SHOTS) 1.50
CUs Controls of old locomotive of 1899. (2 SHOTS) 1.56
GV Crowds looking at old trains. 2.00
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Background: On March 1, 1832, the first passenger train service in France left St. Etienne station for Andrrezieux, 18 kilometres away. To mark the 150 years of passenger train service since then, old locomotives and trains were on show at St. Etienne on Monday (1 March). French Transport Minister Charles Fiterman opened the show, the highlight of which was a passenger train drawn by a steam locomotive which saw service in 1930. Stationary exhibits included locomotives and carriages dating back as far as 1850.