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CFF Châtelard-Barberine hydroelectricity museum

Châtelard village

The SBB Châtelard-Barberine Museum, located in the Châtelard Village hydroelectric plant, brings to life the construction and operation of the complex of the same name. Pictures, various materials and tools from the period are on display.

ommissioned in successive stages between 1923 and 1928, due to the constant increase in electricity consumption, the SBB began to collect water from the Vallon d'Émaney in 1952 and then built the Vieux-Emosson dam. In 1972, SBB built a second hydroelectric plant. The water from Emosson is also used to supply the Vernayaz power plant. The SBB (in collaboration with a number of partners) is currently working on linking the two reservoirs of Emosson and Vieux-Emosson to the Nant de Drance pumped storage power station.

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Guided tours
  • 15 people maximum
  • Monday to Friday, during the day
  • Free of charge
  • Reservation required from VerticAlp Emosson

Contact

VerticAlp Emosson

+41 27 769 11 11

info@verticalp-emosson.ch

/en/verticalp-emosson

Route du Châtelard 6
1925 Le Châtelard VS (Finhaut-Emosson)


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Location / Access

GPS coordinates :
46.061198710433544, 6.957827697624452

Access :

ACCess

By train: with the Mont-Blanc Express, from Martigny (30') or Chamonix (1h) - timetable
By bus: from Martigny, via the Col de la Forclaz (from 20th June to 20th September), Finhaut (Switzerland) and Chamonix to Vallorcine and le Châtelard - timetable
By car :

  • From Martigny, via the Col de la Forclaz (30 minutes) or from Chamonix, via the Col des Montets (30 minutes).
  • Distances : 
    • Martigny : 25km | Verbier : 40km | Sion : 50km | Lausanne : 100km | Geneva Airport 120km (via Chamonix) | Chamonix : 25km | Courmayeur : 45km | Aosta : 70km


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