Haut-Pays and Transports Eco-museum

Locomotives, wagons, railcars, trolleys and old streetcars are presented outdoors and under hangar in the immediate vicinity of the station, the tracks and a level crossing.
The collections of objects and models are presented inside the old cars. They were refitted for this purpose.

Period XX

Accessibility Yes

Visitable Yes

Created in 1989, Breil-sur-Roya’s Eco-museum is housed in the former locomotive warehouse at Breil station, built in 1927. It is dedicated to the memory of those who designed, built and operated the exceptional Franco-Italian railway line passing through the Roya-Vermenagna valleys.

The railway material is presented on a disused area of ​​the station (still active). It shows SNCF (French National Railway Company) entrusted locomotives and trams, associations or individuals. On the occasion of special circulations organized in collaboration with the Eco-museum, French and Italian steam engines return to Breil-sur-Roya.

Its first rail vehicles were the 1267 locomotive of Marseille’s tramway, and the 141 R 1108.

Over the years, the eco-museum’s collections have developed around the local industrial heritage, with exhibitions on hydroelectricity, transport and an extensive network at the HO scale reproducing the characteristic sites of the Col de Tende line. The collection has been enriched by new parts: BB 8238 and CC 7140 locomotives, Y 2423 locomotives, X 2804, 2215 and 2217 railcars and the “Train des Merveilles” (Train of Wonders) trailer XR 6144, a CPC TB18 tramway car from Marseille, a berth wagon, two postal vans, as well as thirty road vehicles, trolleybuses and buses.

The Haut-Pays and Transports Eco-museum, fruit of a private initiative, is managed within the framework of a non-profit association.

Conditions of visit

The Haut-Pays and Transports Eco-museum, is located north of Breil-sur-Roya’s station.
It is accessible by the railway crossing located along RD 6204 road.
Authorized and easy access, nearby parking
Periodical public opening: from May 1st to September 30th, the Eco-museum opens its collection to the public every afternoon. Rail-themed festivities are organized during some long weekends.


Additional information


  • Magazine Le Haut-Pays numéro 16, Ouverture de l’Ecomusée de Breil sur Roya Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1989.
  • Magazine Le Haut-Pays numéro 22, L’extension de l’Ecomusée du Haut Pays Les Editions du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1991.