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The railroad

by Danièle URIOT

In 1832, a commission for the design of the rail network to be developed was set up by Thiers. On July 7, 1833, the deputies from the East obtained from the commission the addition of a Paris-Strasbourg line via Nancy. In 1833, journeys from Paris to Nancy were made in 48 hours by stagecoach or in 36 hours by mail coach.

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January 21, 1854: constitution of the Chemin de fer de l’Est company.

November 22, 1884: The wood cut in the communal forest for the study of the planned railway line from Toul to Pont-Saint-Vincent will be distributed among the affouagists for 1 franc each.

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On November 22, 1892, after having examined the places and the plot plan presented by Mr. GAUGÉ of the Eastern Railway Company, concerning the alienation of the communal lands necessary for the establishment of the line from Toul to Nancy by Pont-Saint-Vincent, they offer for a total capacity of 8ha 39a 50ca, in kind of wood, fallow land, pastures, slopes, land and meadows, the sum of 13,030.69 francs as it is mentioned in the deed of sale between M GAUGÉ and M BERNEL. The council chooses as notary Me MORLOT of Toul.

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Meeting of February 16, 1893, the council requests that a station be established at Dommartin lès Toul on the railway from Toul to Pont-Saint-Vincent in order to avoid a great detour for the residents de Villey le sec by forcing them to go to Toul station to return to town.

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On June 16, 1894 modification of the coastal path leading to the village at the halt, the line is under construction and we must change the last curve to bring it to a radius of 17m60 the common would leave the land for free.

The council rents to Mr. TISSEROND innkeeper in Villey le sec for 25 years a communal wasteland of 7a 40ca between the path of the small coast and the sunken path above the stop of Villey le sec for the annual sum of 40 francs.

July 10 land alienated to the Eastern Railway Company: parcel No. 85 section c, 125 francs.

February 10, 1900 the Eastern Railway Company buys 2 communal lots.

May 25, 1902. To the East Railway Company: the council does not ask for continuous fences along the line from Toul to Pont-Saint-Vincent, but only the maintenance of those that exist as well as mobile barriers.

The Compagnie des chemin de fer de l’Est, sometimes called Compagnie de l’Est or l’Est, is a limited company created in 1845 under the name of Compagnie du chemin de fer de Paris à Strasbourg. The name was changed in 1854 following the buyout of other companies and the obtaining of new concessions. It is one of the six major French railway companies nationalized on January 1, 1938 to form the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) ... and between Neuves-Maisons and Pont -Saint-Vincent, the bridge allowing line 14 to cross the Moselle, used until 1946 by the Toul - Pont-Saint-Vincent passenger services. Line 27 of the Compagnie de l ’Est (then the East region) which first linked Toul to Pont-Saint-Vincent in 1896, before being extended in 1933 (i.e. 37 years later ...) to Blainville-Damelevières, thus finalizing a Toul - Blainville connection which allowed the Nancy railway junction to be bypassed to the south, hence its nickname "Évite-Nancy". As a reminder, only the Toul - Pont-Saint-Vincent section was opened to passenger traffic in normal service.

At the exit of Toul station (Nancy side), the line crosses the Canal de la Marne au Rhin then the Moselle. It then follows the right bank of the Moselle and successively serves the Chaudeney-sur-Moselle station, the Pierre-la-Treiche and Villey-le-Sec-en-Haye stops, then the Maron and Chaligny stations - New-Houses. Shortly after this last station, it connects to line 14 Nancy - Merrey via Mirecourt and crosses the Canal de l’Est and the Moselle before reaching Pont-St-Vincent station.

The stations of Maron, Chaligny - Neuves-Maisons and Pont-St-Vincent are equipped with military quays for the disembarkation and embarkation of troops and equipment.

The line shown here is no longer in service and one of the two tracks has been removed. It linked Toul to Pont-Saint-Vincent by the stations of Dommartin-lès-Toul, Chaudeney-sur-Moselle, Pierre-la-Treiche, Villey-le-Sec, Maron and Chaligny-Neuves-Maisons.

The line had been built to ensure a link between the fortress of Toul and the back of that of Nancy. Nancy station was a bottleneck in which the military did not want to engage their transport. They ordered the construction of the line in 1880 and it was delivered on August 14, 1896.

The women of the village rarely worked outside, most of the time they stayed at home for all the various jobs and to take care of the children. The young girls, if they were daughters of farmers, worked with the family in the fields. Worker’s daughters often went to work in Toul, in the blouses, or in Neuves Maisons at the spinning mill "la filoche". They went there on foot or by bike or by train.

My mother-in-law used to tell me that she and her friends would go to work or dance outside the village. They walked with the girlfriends and when it started to get dark, the boys hid to scare them.

They would take the train at the station downstairs. It was necessary to go down and up this road from the station.

In the end, the line was used more for serving municipalities than for military transport: 4 to 5 trains used it per day until 1941.

Regular service ceased permanently in October 1946.