Steam & Railway Image Library - The Alan Ledger Collection

France

Picture of the Week: 241P 11 At Le Mans depot Western France

These are engines a group of us from work went to see in their last year of use on the French railway at Le Mans. What imposing engines they were. This was French compounding at it’s zenith. The only engines to surpass them were the U and S class 4-8-4s but these were only built singularly as experiments later and not in larger numbers as was the case with the P class, 35 being built between 1948 and 1952. Their

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Picture of the Week: 141 R 22 LE HAUT BANC

On the climb east out of Boulogne we see this American or Canadian built SNCF class R 2-8-2 141R22 running into the small wayside station of Le Haut Banc with the 18.47 Boulogne to Calais. The engine is blowing off furiously after shutting off for the stop. 11th June 1970. Regards Ledg.

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Picture of the Week: 141 R 22 LE HAUT BANC

On the climb east out of Boulogne we see this American or Canadian built SNCF class R 2-8-2 141R22 running into the small wayside station of Le Haut Banc with the 18.47 Boulogne to Calais. The engine is blowing off furiously after shutting off for the stop. 11th June 1970. Regards Ledg.

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Picture of the week: 231G42 at Boulogne

Here’s one as promised. French 4 cylinder compound 4-6-2 Pacific 231 G 42. 285 were built between 1922 and 1925 for the Paris Lyon and Mediterranean Railway before nationalisation of the railways in France in 1938. Here it is sweeping down the bank at speed from the summit at Kaffiers between Calais and Boulogne with about 500 to 600 tons of train and will be braking very hard (full service brake application! who remembers those?) here for the stop at

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Picture of the Week: Calais

A group of us from work went over to France, our first visit to foreign shores in September 1968 following the end of British steam which had finished only a few months earlier. This was the nearest for us to travel, and before we discovered what was on offer in the rest of Europe. The first time was in the area around Calais and Boulogne to see the last of the K and G class Compound Pacifics (of which a

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