A portrait of the "Princess", SNCF steam locomotive 231G #558, a remarkable piece of earlier French engineering. This beautiful 4-cylinder “Pacific État” 4-6-2 steam engine was built in ... (more)
This is the end
Some French railfans called it a "death train" (train de la mort). Both the locomotive and the passenger cars are running their last kilometers. The cars ... (more)
This photo is from a postcard size glass negative by the late John Macartney Robbins who died in 1953. It shows former Ouest Railway 'Bicyclette' 2-4-0T No 21-629 at Sotteville depot during a visi... (more)
This photo is from a postcard size glass negative by the late John Macartney Robbins who died in 1953. It shows Stephenson Locomotive Society members standing in front of an Etat (former Ouest) ra... (more)
This photo is from a postcard size glass negative by the late John Macartney Robbins who died in 1953. It shows an ancient Ouest Railway tank locomotive built by Buddicom of Rouen in 1844 during a... (more)
One of the smaller SNCF diesels, No BB-67054 has just crossed the River Seine as it leaves Rouen with the 17.28 express to Paris St.Lazare.
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)
Sotteville Depot, with locotractuers, BB60000 and BB63500 visible.
These engines will experience at best a long rest or at worst the sad fate of the cutting torch. Fortunately the magnificent Rouen Cathedral watches over them. Or is ... (more)
Quite some of these will see the scrapper's torch sooner rather than later.
Due to the economic downturn and the bad fortunes - or poor management? - of the SNCF freight Department, these electrics are experiencing a forced rest. Fortunately ... (more)
Sotteville Yard contains well over 100 stored locomotives as a consequence of the down turn in traffic, the introduction of competition and the introduction of new diesel locomotives.
Y8081 stabled at the rear of Sotteville Depot along with X3800 "Picasso" unit 3997. Rouen Cathederal provides a stunning backdrop to the scene.