The guided walking tours organised by the Vallorbe Iron and Railway Museum lift the veil on some of the mysteries of the region’s history. One of these open air walking tours goes in search of the old Jougne branch line and the other rediscovers the remains of old factories which have now disappeared from the banks of the Orbe.
Prompted by the wish to put something back into the local economy and showcase its surroundings, the Iron and Railway Museum has created two local history discovery trails in the midst of nature.
The Iron Trail: the guide will lead the group through the history of the local ironworks, now long since disappeared. The seven stages of the walk reveal what remains of the old ironworks, some of them dating back to the thirteenth century, as well the many old slag heaps and what is left of the iron furnaces of this era.
The Railway Trail: starting from Vallorbe station the guide will take you along the route of the old Jougne branch line which closed in 1942 and has now disappeared. Bridges, cuttings, embankments, remains of the track all bear visible witness to this era which is really not so distant.