Ancient and modern


Oil on canvas 46 x 38 cm

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From the locomotive built in 1907 but streamlined in 1935, to the semaphore signals yet up-to-date track, this picture of the PLM’s ‘Train Aerodynamique’ is one of contrasts. The streamlined casing, apart from theoretically saving precious horsepower, was evidently effective in lifting exhaust clear of the train, just like that of the British ‘A4′ Pacifics. The run from Paris to Lyon (512km) was achieved in 5 hours, when the norm for the period was between 7 and 8.