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)
Near the end of the steam era, as the electrification poles are already appearing in the landscape, an "express" train for Le Havre is ready for departure with a beautiful "Pacific Etat". A brand ... (more)
On top of an "Etat" Pacific. Etat roughly means the western region of the SNCF, and covers the lines served by the Paris Saint Lazare station (Paris Le Havre, Paris Caen Cherbourg and their branch... (more)
Rouen RD passenger station is located between two tunnels right in the middle of the city. In Sept 1966, the 25KV catenary was not yet installed but the preliminary electrification works had alrea... (more)
At the Calais Maritime ferry terminal, two Pacifics of PLM origin, 231K8 and 231G81, are ready for departure with the famous train "La Flèche d'Or" (the Golden Arrow). This was the standard and mo... (more)
An SNCF compound Pacific type is shown broadside on the Bordeaux turntable.
ALCo went on to build 50 Pacifics for the Paris-Orleans Railway Nos 3591 to 3640 in 1921. They became SNCF Nos 231B601 to 650 and No 616 is seen leaving Brodeaux-St.Jean with a train for Lyon-Perr... (more)