Efficiency with emotion

Oil on canvas 60 x 81 cm

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Chapelon’s most impressive and efficient rebuild was the class 240P. Here, one of the class leaves the Gare de Lyon with a night train for the south. Rebuilt from Paris-Orléans Railway Pacifics, these were the world’s most efficient steam locomotives in terms of power-to-weight ratio. For many, they were also the most beautiful French locomotives, with a dynamic, yet solid, appearance.