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Iron and Railway Museum

Grandes Forges 11, Vallorbe 1337, Switzerland
+41 21 843 25 83
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RAILROADs / IRON ~ incrediblely fascinating ~

small city of VALLORBE Vallorbe, former steel city, still lives in the Iron Age with its... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2014
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Since 1495 the 'Grandes Forges' has been the fire burning at the heart of Vallorbe, contributing greatly to the wealth of the town. Classed a historic monument, this exceptional location has housed a museum dedicated to the ironwork industry and railways, since 1980 (both of which have played a crucial role in the development of the town). To visit the museum, a mobile app' is available in English, German and French. On first visiting the ironworks the picturesque charm of the medieval quarter of Vallorbe is immediately captivating. Drawing closer...attention is quickly diverted by the six magnificent water wheels supplying energy to the workshop machinery. The ancient working forge is the central attraction...mysterious, atmospheric, a scene from times gone by. The dexterity and imagination of the blacksmiths both delight and fascinate. An audio-visual presentation of the history of iron... videos and the superb museum collections, reveal the beauty of the ancient professional crafts of Vallorbe. On the second floor the entire saga of the Simplon Railway Line is told by multi-image presentation on a large cinema screen (in French, German and English). On the second and third floors models scale HO and rail memorabilia are on display. You can also play stationmaster with the collection of working, remote controlled, historical models, scale 'O' on an impressive 277m of track.
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15 May 2014
“RAILROADs / IRON ~ incrediblely fascinating ~”
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Grandes Forges 11, Vallorbe 1337, Switzerland
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

small city of VALLORBE Vallorbe, former steel city, still lives in the Iron Age with its extraordinary Museum of Iron and Railroad. The desire to meet the know-iron iron on the site of the "Grandes Forges." Four paddle wheels driven by the Orb irrigate the...More

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Simon L, Gérant at Iron and Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2016

Hi, Thank you for letting your opinion about our museum. We are happy to see that you enjoyed your two visits here. I just let you know that we have some new things to discover (app to visit the museum, new showroom, etc.) from the...More

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