Down shining rails

Oil on canvas 50 x 62 cm

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One of the famous Chapelon Pacifics speeds down the Nord main line during the last stages of its run, about 30 kilometres from Paris. The train is a prestigious ‘rapide’, probably from Calais Maritime, and includes several blue-and-cream CIWL (Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits) Pullman saloons, as well as a container ‘fourgon’ immediately behind the engine. The scene is set in the late 1950′s.