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.
Train 103, the 08.45 Paris-St.Lazaire to Le Havre express enters Rouen-Rive Droit station. The young men in the foreground are clearing the ashpit used by the ETAT 231 Pacifics during their stop f... (more)
Former ETAT 0-8-0T No 040TA53 performs shed pilot duties at Sotteville depot, Rouen. The wagons contain coal for the stoker-fired 141R locomotives attached to this depot.
The 231 G 558 is the only serviceable "Pacific Etat". It represents a large series of passenger locomotives which were used on French western lines until the mid 1960's. It is seen here in the mid... (more)