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Guided tour

Tour de Piste

Under guidance of one of the characters from L’Envol des Pionniers, discover the entire historic site of Montaudran, from the airfield to the assembly buildings…

Through this 45-minute tour, you can relive the story of this cradle of aviation in Toulouse through the feats (large and small) studding the saga of La Ligne (The Line). Follow in the footsteps of the pioneers who shaped today’s aeronautics!

Exclusive: visit a genuine postal railway car, whose arrival at the Matabiau Station marked the beginning of La Ligne’s airmail adventure…

Le Wagon Postal

@L’Envol des Pionniers

Visit a postal railway car for a step back in time to June 1930.

Relive the adventure of ‘ambulant’ postmen, who sorted the mail onboard with phenomenal speed in dedicated railcars.

Take advantage of the explanations and anecdotes provided the docent.

The noise of the steam locomotive, mail sorting cases on the sides of the car, 1930s post office labels from the Haute-Garonne Département, lights flickering to the beat of the train’s vibrations, mailbags weighing up to 30kg, etc.

Everything is exactly as it was at the time.

At the end of this journey, you will have to try your hand at sorting at least 40 letters in just one minute! An amazing, entertaining and highly instructive experience.

Airmail itinerary:

At the time, a letter posted in the evening at the Paris-Austerlitz Railway Station could reach the Toulouse-Matabiau Station by train the next morning, before being taken to the Montaudran aerodrome by lorry and sent off to South America by L’Aéropostale aeroplane.

 

A Toulouse Métropole project, in partnership with the SNCF (National Railway), Région Occitanie, Musée Postal des Anciens Ambulants de Toulouse, INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel), Musée Air France and Air France.

 

Partenaires Wagon Postal