Four years ago today I was travelling back to the UK from Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire in central France and took the opportunity of a few hours between trains in Paris to visit the ‘Grand Train’ exhibition at the former La Chapelle locomotive depot.
Le dépôt de La Chappelle was opened by La Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord (CF du Nord) in 1845 and served the railways north of Paris for almost 167 years until closure in January 2013.
Occupying a prime spot in central Paris the site was put up for sale by the Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF) but the depot was to welcome trains once more before the developers moved in…
From 30 April to 16 October 2016 the depot played host to not only a number of historic railway related exhibits but also restaurants and bars, a bookstore, a number of markets and best of all, entry was free!
These are just a few of the many photos I took that day…
SNCF class BB 9300 109301, class A1AA1A 68500 668523 & class CC 72000 472029
SNCF 230.D.9 (CF du Nord 230 3.521)
The only steam locomotive on display… built in 1908 by the Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord.
‘vous êtes ici’
SNCF class X 52100 Autorail X 52103
SNCF TGV Sud-Est power cars 23113 & 23114
The legendary Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV), these two power cars belong to one of the eight-car two-voltage ‘Sud-Est’ sets (57).
SNCF class BB 9200 9291
This class BB 9200 loco is one of the two 250km/h high speed variants used on the ‘Capitole’ service between Paris and Toulouse. The red ‘Capitole’ livery led to the locos being given the nickname ‘BB rouge’.