PLM paradise

Oil on canvas 38 x 46 cm

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The old PLM (Paris-Lyons-Mediterranean), or ‘Ligne Impériale’ as it styled itself, is still very popular among French railway enthusiasts, even those who remember nothing of it. Perhaps this is because of the romantic southern destinations, or perhaps the style of the locomotives, trains and buildings. Here, in a typical scene, a ‘coupe-vent’ compound 4-4-0 hauls an express on the main line around the beginning of the 20th century.