Arras ambience

Oil on canvas 46 x 62 cm

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Three locomotives of the former Chemin de Fer du Nord stand at the side of the depot at Arras in northern France. The star of the line-up is the Nord 3500 class 4-cylinder compound 4-6-0, reclassified by the SNCF as class 230D, of which Arras depot was the most important user. To the left is an 0-8-0 tank locomotive of class 040TG. In the foreground lies a ‘jalon’, a portable ‘stop’ signal for depot use when locos were not to be moved.