Côtes du Rhône

Oil on canvas 65 x 92 cm

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Speeding majestically along the banks of the Rhône between Lyon and the Mediterranean, an SNCF class 241P 4-8-2 ‘Mountain’ is captured hauling the famous ‘Mistral’ from Paris to Marseilles. The 241P was the last class of steam locomotive to be built in France, 35 being constructed in 1948-49 by Schneider at le Creusot. At the time of writing, 241 P 17 is maintained in working order at le Creusot.