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)
Heavy express mostly composed of pre-SNCF era ex-PO "polonceau" passenger cars and hauled by a beautiful "Pregnand Woman" 2D2 5538-45 is ready for departure for Paris. The man on the right is the ... (more)
Typical classic electric engines of the SNCF "South-West" region: a 2D2 5500 of the 5538-5545 subseries nicknamed "pregnant woman" - and a BB 4700.
These 2 engines are getting out of the locomoti... (more)
The 2D2 5516 DC electric locomotive with Büchli drive has been built in 1933 for the PO (Paris to Orleans Company). Originally delivered as PO 2D2 E 516 it later received the SNCF number 2D2 5516.... (more)
These engines were built in the early 1950's for the Paris-Lyon electrification, a major post-WWII effort. The 2D2 9135 is preserved.
576 metric tons (635 US tons) of locomotives testing the solidity of a new bridge span over the river Marne
144 metric tons each = 158.7 short tons (US)
Fast and streamlined versus slow and heavyweight
1970's technology vs. 1940's technology
Max speed 270 km/h vs. 140 km/h
The prototype PLM class 161-AE electric loco is seen at Chambery depot in 1963. This was the only loco of its type built in 1926 for the 1,500v DC lines.
In the days before TGVs, the 07.45 Paris Lyon to Nice express enters Dijon station behind 2D2-9119. There were 35 of these locos built for the SNCF in 1950-51 for working on the 1,500v DC lines.
Built in the 1930's for fast passenger service by SNCF predecessor "PO-Midi" company, these engines were nicknamed "pregnant women" for an obvious reason. They were the finest speed locomotives of... (more)