A Toulouse to La Tour de Carol train with a fashion model showing the 1970's outfit
The slow ascent of the 8 km-long 3.3% Capvern grade: this grade is the most difficult of the "Transversale Pyrénéenne" line (Bayonne and Dax-Tarbes-Toulouse). The train had 8 cars, was h... (more)
Early in the morning, between the Bordeaux Tower 2 and Tower4, the Z 7001 gets out of the locomotive depôt, going to the main Bordeaux St Jean station for another day of tests, while the CC 7105 i... (more)
This experimental "test bed" for the pantographs and trucks of the first TGV series was made out of a standard Z 7100 EMU. Nicknamed Zébulon, it reached 309 km/h.
And... here is a picture of another "Midi" 4-axle electrics series!
The BB 1500 were built in 1926-28 by CEF in Tarbes. They were initially numbered E 4001 - 4040. Together with the BB 1600 (E 4500), they were the first generation 1.5KV DC Midi engines. In the 195... (more)
From the left to the right hand side: 2D2 5536, BB 9272, BB 8634, BB 8613, BB 8633, BB 9231.
Two BB 66000 and a "cocotte-minute" (pressure cooker, aka steam generator for passenger cars heating) are ready for departure in Toulouse Matabiau
The 2D2 5516 was famous at the end of the 1970's for holding the world record for the distance travelled in service: 8 million kilometers. This unit is preserved at ... (more)
2D2 5517 with 3 sisters of the same sub-series are resting in the Toulouse locomotive depot.
An eastbound unit coal train works its way up the west slope of Sandpatch Grade.
Two BB 4200 are shoving on the rear of a freight that will face the much feared 4% Capvern grade. On the front end, there are 2 BB 4200 and a off-duty 2D2 5500.
This picture of a CC 7100 shows the almost as-built cab. After major overhaul, the 7100 series got modified cabs such as on the picture 562356.
4-axle 1.5KV DC electric of "Midi" origin
The Compagnie des Chemins de fer du Midi or simply "Midi" was one of the big French railroad companies before the 1... (more)