• Historic site and monument

Railway roundhouse

This unique railway roundhouse, built between 1906 and 1910, features an articulated metal structure similar to the Eiffel Tower. Mandatory guided tours.

Historic site and monument Railway roundhouse Chambéry


Chambéry (73000)
Guided inividual tours obligatory
Average duration of an individual visit : 01h30

The exceptional railway situation of Chambéry has led to build the engine shed, to make easier the manoeuvre and the maintenance of the locomotives.
This is one of the last big building of a metal articulated structure of longue range in France, this technique having then disappeared with the coming of the reinforced concrete. It is composed of two parts : a ring of 27m of width and a dome of 55m of diameter. The building is 34m high, 110m of diameter and is weighting 900 ton.

While the railway installation were the Allies target, the engine shed has been miraculously spared by the bombing of 1944.When its destruction has been evoked in 1980, some railway workers passioned will succeed in convincing the SNCF direction to preserve this precious industrial testimony of the early XXth century. It has been classified historical monument in 1984.
Maintained and restored progressivly by the SNCF, it is still used for the maintenance of about fifty locomotives, including a machine from the 1900's.

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    Full price: 7 € (guided tour)
    Reduced price: 5.50 € (guided tour).

    Free entry for children < 12 years.

    Reduced rate for students under 26, large families, journalists, unemployed and disabled.

    Methods of payment accepted : Bank/credit card, Check, Travellers Cheque, Cash


    Languages spoken : Italian, English, Spanish, French
    Languages of documentation : French
    Languages visits : English, Spanish, French, Italian


    From 06/05 to 30/06/2024, every Saturday at 2.30 pm.

    Labels and rating

    Registered at the monuments and historic sites
    Town of Art & History
    20th C

    • Coach access


    731 chemin de la Rotonde 73000 Chambéry
    Information update on 15/05/2024 by Grand Chambéry Alpes Tourisme