With its size, France is home to a huge number of locomotives. The country can basically be split in two, with the northern half running on AC traction, and the southern half on DC traction. A vast number of locomotives are dual-powered, and so can run all over the country. Locomotives can be found on passenger workings, but are mostly dedicated to freight. Main operator SNCF runs most, if not all, the services within France. The number of locomotive-hauled passenger services are dwindling, but both diesel and electric locomotives can still be found. The main diesel-hauled passenger workings are in the hands of Class 67 or Class 72 locomotives, while on the passenger side most are hauled by Class 17, 22, 25, 26 or Class 27 locomotives. A large number of passenger workings are to be found in the Paris area, with the Class 17 an endangered species. In French Traction, Andrew Cole explores all this variety and more in a collection of detailed images and captions.
|Publication Date||15 Feb 2017|