The Chemin de Fer Touristique du Rhin or Ried Express.

Both 030TB ex-EL when they were in use during a double unit at the raft of Sans-Soucis.

The association has been registered in 1982 using local law from Alsace-Mosel. Active members in the number of 10 to 15 (total number of volunteer is 50). The first goal of the association is the restoration of a regional heritage of priceless historical value: the last and only preserved 2 steam locomotives of the former Imperial Railway in Alsace-Lorraine which was in charge of the railway operation between 1871 and 1918.

To be honnest, another touristic railway in Luxembourg owns a similar locomotive: the railway of  Fond de Gras.

The association of course owns or disposes of other traction units: 4 further steamlocomotives and 12 diesel locomotives:

From our bigest locomotive is (no wonder) an american Diesel from the Baldwin Locomotive Works, at Volgelsheim Station......

 our smallest steamlocomotive from Belgium made
 by Cockerill...

The collection of our rolling stock includes austrian and swiss wagons, luggage cars which are older than 100 years and a mail cart which can be visited at the Volgelsheim station.

The restoration works and the traffic arrangements are only realized by our volunteers during the week end and public holliday. The passion for railway is the main motivation for them to allow the public to discover what it meant to travel by train in the precedent century.

The most of the locomotives are authorized to haul trains on the tracks of the Chambre of Commerce and Industry from Colmar between Volgelsheim and the raft of Sans-Soucis.

Every person who desires to dedicate some of her free time is welcome!

The number of locomotives and their state allow the association to offer combined circulations train + boat on the Rhine River in partnership with the german boatman company BFS in Breisach.

The CFTR is member of the FACS-UNECTO, which is the umbrella organization of the french secundary and touristic railway operators.

Last news:

The webmaster has bought the famous General Electric 4036, which was the property of the Departmental Council of the Haute Marne and was used by the "Chemin de Fer de Blaise et Der" between Wassy and Saint-Dizier. He made it available to the CFTR to help the Baldwin and the V22 in commercial circulation.

The well known website of the French heritage railway made by Alain Cassagnau has mentioned  it.

In parallel, the association has acquired a 3 axles locomotive with rods from the alsatian locomotive builder SACM (Société Alsacienne des Constructions Mécaniques), which war parked since 30 years at the "Cercle d'Études Ferroviaires Nord" in the city of Denain in the north of france and a small switcher build by the company "Gaston Moyse" for spare parts.
An active member has bought a Cockerill with 2 axles and has made it available to the association.

This event was rare enough to be mentionned in the press and television (see articles in French in the local newspaper DNA and the regional television France 3 Alsace).

A video has been realized by the brother of the webmaster and can be seen on youtube.

Levage Wassy Oct.2014

Le combiné train + bateau