Jean-Marc Frybourg has recently loaded two photos of this engine after its removal from a plinth, where it had stood for 40 years, with the possibility of it being restored to working order. Here ... (more)
The Chapelon Pacific : refurbishing a treasure.
It will requite quite some efforts to put her back in work order.
Preservation in action
This is the next big thing in French preservation. After sitting outdoor on static display and slowly decaying for 40 years, a Chapelon Pacific was moved yesterday ... (more)
Steam locomotive 231 H 8, built in 1912 as PLM #6143, later named 231 A 43, rebuilt in 1930 to 231 E 43, it finally became SNCF 231 H 8. The locomotive is shown here with special decoration to ha... (more)
The Pacific Nord 3.1192 is one of the most famous French steam locomotives. This fame is partly due to its splendid chocolate livery with yellow thread, characteristic of the Compagnie du Nord, bu... (more)
Former Nord Railway four-cylinder compound Pacific No 231E22 enters Calais Ville station with the 18.42 Genoa to Calais Maritime, the 'Italia Express', a much missed train. The Nord was so pleased... (more)
Former Nord Railway four-cylinder compound Pacific No 231E10 passes the Poste B signalbox as it heads out of Boulogne with the 15.25 Boulogne-Maritime to Paris Nord express. This was one of the fa... (more)
Former PLM (Paris-Lyon-Mediterainian) four-cylinder compound Pacific No 231K8 reverses into Calais Maritme station before taking the 'Fleche d'Or' (Golden Arrow) to Amiens where an electric loco w... (more)
The French Pacific steam locomotive 231 G 558 is getting prepared in the Sotteville shed near Rouen. This scene is timeless and could have been taken during the glorious steam days.
A Chapelon pacific on a Paris-Calais service
The last Chapelon: This was the last time that a Chapelon Pacific arrived in Paris hauling a passenger train. These engines were the "queens" of the French Pacifics. A few are preserved, none of t... (more)