“Le Capitole” at Limoges


Oil on canvas 60 x 81 cm

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The first train to run at 125 mph (200 kph) in Europe was “Le Capitole” between Paris and Toulouse in 1967. It was given a distinctive red-and-grey livery. This picture represents the Toulouse-Paris service making its call at Limoges, a grand station building erected in the 1920’s. In the background is the ghost of a Forquenot 2-4-2, a type which performed with great distinction over this line for more than 40 years.