Electric energy

Oil on canvas 38 x 46 cm

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As an electric storm blows away on the horizon, an SNCF 16000-class ‘BB’ locomotive also creates sparks from its pantograph, negotiating a web of 25,000-volt catenary. The time is the late 1950′s, and the place is a junction on the Nord region. These locomotives, initially used for Paris-Lille expresses, were still in use at the time of writing (2006).