The 2D2 5546 belonged to the final sub series of the 2D2 5500 numbered 5546 to 5550 that was built in 1942 and 1943 and that had a distinctive nose reminiscent of the shape of a Waterman ink bottl... (more)
The 2D2 5540 belonged to a sub series of the 2D2 5500 numbered 5538 to 5545 that had a round nose. They were nicknamed “pregnant women”. The train coming from the South-West of France is running b... (more)
Leaving Paris Gare de Lyon almost at night
14 years before the first TGV, here is what some of the standard engines were in Paris Gare de Lyon: various generations of 1.5 KV DC power, with a BB 9200 and a lot of 2D2 9100
This was just 3.5 years before the TGV
This is almost a live museum: the Chambéry roundhouse is a preserved historical landmark. It is on the National Inventory of Historical Monuments, and as such, it is go... (more)
These 2 historic locomotives returned at their home base after a successful trip to Genève.
Paris and Lausanne
The French 2D2 5525 was attached to the Paris Sud-Ouest engine depot while the Swiss Ae 4/7 10976 was in service in Lausanne.
Mountain beastsSeen during the exhibition in Geneva on Sept 13 & 14 2014, from left to right:
- SNCF CC 6558; 1.5KV DC; built in France in 1972 by Alsthom and MTE, retired from... (more)
Two sistersThe French 2D2 5525 and the Swiss Ae4/7 10976, both built about the same time in the 1930's share the same Swiss technology, most notably the famous "Büchli" gear. They a... (more)
Night train for Briançon (French Alps), Christmas holidays 1979.
The Direct-Orient, a night train, is ready for departure from Paris. It is hauled by a beautiful 2D2 9100. It has direct cars for Athens (Greece), a baggage car for Belgrad and the other cars are ... (more)