The railway line Amiens-Canaples with a stop to Vignacourt was put into service in 1877. The “Northern Company” operates the line until 1937. During the 2nd World War, it will be managed temporarily by SNCF. (National Society of French railways)
In the past, the line between Amiens to Canaples included the following stops: Amiens, Saint-Roch, Montières, Longpre-Les-Amiens, Bertangles, Poulainville, Flesselles, Vignacourt, Canaples.
There were 3 schedules of train per day, for travelers wanting to go at Amiens. The line no longer works today, despite the number of workers and students going to work on Amiens, and travelers are more important than in the past.
The former railway station is a few meters from the British cemetery is now, used by local associations for the meetings.
The former train station of Vignacourt
The old railway with the grain silo in the background
The railway line during the world war I
Incidents frequently caused delays of a few minutes to a few hours sometimes for the supply trains, wounded trains and passenger trains. When a sanitary train arrived with many soldiers, another empty train set off again in the opposite direction.
Shells destroy rails, as around Doullens, during the Arras line doubling in February 1917. The train derailed accidentally, this was the case at Noyelles-sur-Mer on August 30, 1917, causing complications on the whole of the line. These rail lines were damaged several times on purpose to slow the enemy's advance. A first time by the French people, then several times by the Germans more seasoned in the technique.
The majority of the railwroads in the canton will be doubled by soldiers from the territorial and Infantry Division's engineers. German prisoners have contributed for the earthworks of the double track near Amiens.
Photos courtesy of Mrs Sandra Gittins -Historian, researcher and writer.
Photos courtesy of Mrs Sandra Gittins - Historian, researcher and writer.