We are on the Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme (Somme Bay Railway), a preserved railway and heritage line in northern France. The track gauge is 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 8/8 in).
In the flat lands of the Somme Bay, this nice little Swiss steam engine is far away from the mountains for which it had been built in 1913. It is equipped with the ABT rack system, for use on the severe grades of the Furka-Oberalp line. With 600HP, it has ample power for the Somme Bay, even for pulling such a crowded passenger train.
On the occasion of the 2009 Steam Festival of the Somme Bay, the Swiss Blonay-Chamby Museum kindly sent her to Noyelles for use during the festival along many other cousins. Another "foreigner" - a British steamer - participated in the event, the 060 tank SE&CR 753 of the Kent and East Sussex Railway.