Death of a prototype
After about 20 years of service, the BB 69001 comes back from its last train to its home base, the famous Chalindrey depot. 20 years is not so bad a life durat... (more)
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Exceptionally, 3 iconic SNCF series are gathered in this picture: the BB 67400, the A1A-A1A 68000 and the diesel-hydraulic prototype BB 69002. This was right after the 690... (more)
Powerfull diesel-hydraulic 4-axle prototype : 2620 KW / 3500 hp. Built Apr. 1964, withdrawn Jan. 1984
Prototypes BB 69002 and CC 70001 under the Chalindrey roundhouse
The end of the powerful diesel-hydraulic prototype BB 69001: light engine move after hauling the last train, passing under the "Nationale 74" highway.
Ex-BB 66274 built in February 1967
Clearing the line between Aurillac and Neussargues, the rotary snowplow has just reached the summit at the Lioran station (3780 ft).
The rotary snowplow has just reached the summit of the line at the Lioran station (3780 ft). The water tower that was in service during the steam era is a preserved historic landmark.
Crossing the "Bellon" viaduct, this train runs the line between Gannat and Montluçon using a high pressure rail washing system which consists to combat slippery rail conditions from leav... (more)