Posted on 06/22/2015

Photo taken on June 20, 2015

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SNCF 140.C.38

SNCF 140.C.38
This purposeful steam locomotive has recently been restored by a group of enthusiasts in Limoges, and this is the first chance I've had to take a few pics of it. Further to my pursuit of the idea that the photo is more important than the camera, I used my little Canon Ixus for this shot, and I did the post processing in Gimp.

Shown just before departing from Guéret with the 08:40 special service to Montluçon, a few last minute adjustments to the reach rod are clearly necessary! The locomotive was built in 1919, by the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England, and was one of the final batch of 35 such locos ordered by the Chemin de fer de l'Etat. 235 similar locomotives were built in Britain for French railways during World War I

Canon Ixus 960is, photo-finished in Gimp

jonnyjohn, Phil Lewis, Dan Leppert, Tractacus and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo

6 comments - The latest ones
Robert Warren
Robert Warren
Its digital but with that great "Mike's" photo finish. Magnifique!
2 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Robert Warren
Robert, trop gentil, encore une fois !
2 years ago.
Great picture MIke !
Do they appear on "public" rail roads sometimes ?
2 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to RobbeK
Rob, thanks for the encouragement!

This is a public line, it's the single track line from Saint Sulpice Lauriere to Montluçon! They can run steam trains on it because it isn't electrified, but there is always a 1000hp diesel electric coupled behind the steam loco, that is used to propel it when it's running under a catenary, - SNCF don't like all that smoke and soot messing up their nice electrics !!

To get to Saint Sulpice Lauriere from Limoges the train has to travel along the Paris-Toulouse main line, which is electrified, so the diesel takes over for that bit, and then they fire up the steam loco when they get to Guéret. I'll put up another pic!

2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Deutscher Friedensstifter
Deutscher Friedensst…
Wunderbare Dampflok und Aufnahme
2 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Deutscher Friedensst…
Vielen Dank für Ihre Aufmunterung!
2 years ago.