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La Compagnie des chemins de fer de l'Ouest

Updated: 31-10-2013

Formed in 1855 by the fusion, under the impulsion of the imperial government, of a number of independent companies, La Compagnie des Chemins de Fer de l'Ouest, generally refered to as 'l'Ouest', exploited a network of lines in Normandy and Brittany. After getting into financial difficulties the company was absorbed by l'Administration des Chemins de Fer de l'Etat, or RĂ©seau de l'Etat in 1908. Although present in all the channel ports west of Dieppe where they cooperated with their British counterparts, their main interest lay in the Newhaven - Dieppe route where they jointly owned and operated the service in partnership with the London Brighton and South Coast Railway.

l'Ouest operated ships included :