The trip starts at the station of Thoré la Rochette, which also houses the Maison du Vin et des Produits des Terroirs Vendômois.

On the ground floor you can taste and purchase local products, and on the floor just above, during the summer season, a gallery presents the works of local artists.

The former warehouse for the station has become a museum reflecting the local vineyard and the wine it produces, and includes a large number of tools and machines formerly used in winemaking.

 

The first stop is Varennes, featuring reproductions of prehistoric megaliths that are found rather commonly in the region.

Then on to a bridge above the TGV tracks, where you

 

will experience a TGV passing beneath our train, at 300 km/h, at the exact spot where the TGV earlier set a world speed record at 515.3 km/h. We return to Varennes to watch a video of this exciting venture.

 


The Montoire station displays historic films, photos and texts indicating how the 24 October 1940 meeting between Pétin and Hitler occurred, in this very station. A large model of the station and the neighborhood as it was on that day brings the event to life.

 

   

 

 

 

A warm welcome awaits you from the volunteers who staff the Trôo station.

On the ground floor is an interesting display of historic photos of stations in the region, as well as an exceptional collection of prehistoric tools and fossils unearthed by a well-known regional collector.

 

The floor above is an invitation to a poetic stroll through the Loir Valley – videos, projections, sound effects – to discover the Loir River, its chateaux, its troglodyte inhabitations, fresques, and its native poet, Ronsard.

The top floor is a real children's

 

 paradise (from toddlers to grand-dads) – it is the domaine of model trains!