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

Les Pélerins, kilometer 16.604

Les Pélerins stop did not exist when the line opened. It was added in 1923 when the Glaciers cable car started operating. This cable car closed in 1951 when its successor took over, the current Aiguille du Midi cable car. The train stop still exists though, it serves notably Chamonix youth hostel and the Gaillands recreation area: lakes (lac des Gaillands, lac à l’Anglais - “Englishman’s lake”, climbing rock). The lakes were dug to provide material for the railway’s embankments.

The former passenger building was refurbished in the mid-1990s. It now houses an activity hall called Beg’na, used for instance for the rehearsal of a folk band.

A Z 850 EMU is calling at Les Pélerins.
A Z 850 EMU is calling at Les Pélerins.
Les Pélerins station, the level crossing and the flagman shed in 1991.
Les Pélerins station, the level crossing and the flagman shed in 1991.
In 1991, a Z 600 train towards Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet is calling in Les Pélerins.
In 1991, a Z 600 train towards Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet is calling in Les Pélerins.
In the summer of 1996, floods devastated the Chamonix valley.
In the summer of 1996, floods devastated the Chamonix valley. In Les Pélerins, the waters of the angry Arve river were licking the railroad embankment.
Les Pélerins station, in 1997 after it got refurbished.
Les Pélerins station, in 1997 after it got refurbished. The bed of the Arve was cleaned after the floods of 1996.
A Z 850 EMU in Les Gaillands. Lac des Gaillands is a popular rest area among locals and tourists alike.
A Z 850 EMU in Les Gaillands. Lac des Gaillands is a popular rest area among locals and tourists alike.
Les Pélerins stations and lac des Gaillands.
Les Pélerins stations and lac des Gaillands.
A Z 850 EMUs is living Les Pélerins.
A Z 850 EMUs is living Les Pélerins.
Two Z 850 EMUs in Les Gaillands (Les Pélerins).
Two Z 850 EMUs in Les Gaillands (Les Pélerins).
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