The train of the Mont-Blanc valleys
History and engineering of Mont-Blanc Express

Chedde, kilometer 2.677

Chedde is the last station of the lower Arve valley. It has a few sidings and a mechanical workshop. In the past, it served a (still existing) chemical plant via a standard-gauge track.

Chedde is the first station after Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-le-Fayet.
Chedde is the first station after Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-le-Fayet. It has a siding.
Morning on the Chedde station.
Morning on the Chedde station. The tri-phase power line (24 kV), on the left, provides power to the Chedde substation as well as the standard-gauge line between Le Fayet and Cluses.
The Chedde station.
The Chedde station.
Old electric locomotive from Chedde. It was built in 1916 by Oerlikon and SLM, and operated until the 1980s. It was used to serve the chemical plant on the standard-gauge track.
Old electric locomotive from Chedde. It was built in 1916 by Oerlikon and SLM, and operated until the 1980s. It was used to serve the chemical plant on the standard-gauge track.
Chedde station, whose tracks were refurbished in 2013 par Établissement Mont-Blanc.
Chedde station, whose tracks were refurbished in 2013 par Établissement Mont-Blanc.
From the Chedde station, looking towards Chamonix, one can see the Châtelard gorge, which closes the access to the upper Arve valley. The railway line goes through this gorge, where the slope reaches 90 mm/m. The express road crosses the passage on the Égratz viaduct visible on the picture (for the upward lanes), as well as on a ledge (for the downward lanes).
From the Chedde station, looking towards Chamonix, one can see the Châtelard gorge, which closes the access to the upper Arve valley. The railway line goes through this gorge, where the slope reaches 90 mm/m. The express road crosses the passage on the Égratz viaduct visible on the picture (for the upward lanes), as well as on a ledge (for the downward lanes).
A Z 800 EMU is leaving Chedde towards Chamonix. On the left, one notices the poles of the former overhead line once used for the normal-gauge track serving the chemical plant.
A Z 800 EMU is leaving Chedde towards Chamonix. On the left, one notices the poles of the former overhead line once used for the normal-gauge track serving the chemical plant.
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