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19 December 2023

Grant from the Club des Mécènes

Grant of €10,000 to the Ar Marc'h Du association to restore the salon-bed car in Guiscriff (Morbihan).

In the 1930s, Compagnie Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée, aka PLM, commissioned Horme et Buire to build a small series of 14 sleeper cars to compete with the L’Orient-Express sleeping car company. These first-class sleeper cars catered to the needs of wealthy European travelers. This sleeper car, number 597, ran until 1995. It made the regular Paris-Lyon-Mediterranean route. Only two examples of this carriage remain, including the one at Guiscriff, which served as a camp base for Marshal de Lattre de Tassigny during the Second World War. This car has 5 sleeping compartments that can accommodate 11 passengers, with a common room for sharing meals.

The work consists of restoring the car to its original condition, respecting its original features and colors as far as possible, and being aware of sustainable development through eco-responsible gestures. First of all, it needs to be rendered watertight and airtight, before being fitted out to welcome tourists.

Since its creation, the Club des Mécènes du Patrimoine has already supported a dozen heritage preservation projects in Brittany, including the restoration of the 19th-century Gloriette du Lac Tranquille in Combourg. And the Moguériec lighthouse, designed in July 1876 by Gustave Eiffel.