Welcome to the Railway and Mining Museum of Oignies

Events at the “Centre de Denis Papin” of Oignies

We are open in 2022 on the following days 14:00 to 18:00

CMCF is open in 2022 on the following days
CMCF is in the town of Oignies close to Lille, France,
and is open on the 2nd Sunday of the warm months
10 8th 12th 10th 14th 11th 9th

In addition to the CMCF facilities (the building containing the winding engine, workshops and miniature railways; the workshop where the full sized Pacific is being conserved and the ride-on steam trains), the mine museum and the SNCF postal carriage museums are also open.

Here you will find the details of where we are located and the entry price for normal open days.

2019 festival flyer

Although you may visit on the second Sunday of the month to view the museum, the models and ride on the miniature trains, our main event is the annual “Festival of steam”. Make a note in your diary for our next festival of steam:

The 2022 Festival of Steam

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2022 the “Centre de la Mine et du Chemin de Fer de Oignies (62)” will hold its 27th Festival of Steam. Full sized and model railways will be exhibited at the Centre Denis Papin. The Festival will be open from 10am until 6pm each day. Click the image opposite for a larger view of the 2021 event.

There will of course be our normal attractions:

  • Steam and electric locomotives on a 700m circuit in 5″ and 7¼″ gauges offering free rides for adults and children.
  • Presentations of the clubs activities and the historical collections of CMCF will be available throughout the day on both days.
  • Large railway layouts of various small gauges will be in operation.
  • Access to the workshops where the SNCF Pacific Steam Locomotive is being restored will be available to all visitors.
  • Stalls where you can buy from specialist suppliers will be open on both days.
  • Six postal carriages containing the museum dedicated to the history of travelling sorting offices.
  • A mine museum in the old mine training school.

Entrance fee for the Festival of Steam: Adults 6 euros, juniors (8 to 16 years) 3 euros, accompanied children 8 and under - no charge. Group visit (minimum 20 persons) 3 euros. PROSITEC members holding a pass 3 euros.
NOTE: Cash only, no credit cards accepted.

Some photos of the 2012 festival illustrate the range of locomotives and other attractions at our steam festival.

We welcome visitors with their own 5 inch or 7¼″ locomotives, trams and rolling stock (whether steam or not).

Our site has room to accommodate caravans and camper vans with their own toilet facilities for the duration of the open weekend. Unfortunately we cannot accomodate tents since the only toilet and washing facilites we have are in a building which is secured and alarmed overnight. Also, if you are holidaying on Continental Europe you can deposit your locomotive with us we will gladly store it for the duration of your holiday (unfortunately at your risk).

If you wish to bring something, store it or put your caravan on our site please contact us at least 3 weeks in advance.

Both the 2012 festival and the 2011 festival included steam traction engine rides around the compound. The 2009 festival contained an important moment for the society; the lifting of the boiler of the Super Pacific.