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Very little `in steam' here, but that should be fixed in the near future. The French did steam so well, and were regarded as the pinnacle of steam development in the post WW2 period. They kept steam on until electrification had largely been completed, mainly because they had amply reserves of steam coal, but very little in the way of oil. Consequently, french steam locomotives are an art form in themselves, very much in the Gallic tradition.
I've always had a weakness for Mikados, and a weakness for French steam. Put them together, and both knees give way. Just as well then, that I've never seen a French Mikado in the flesh, or I'd be in a wheelchair. Mikado 141 R de la SNCF
Revise that. On Bastille Day, 2012, I saw a French Mikado in the flesh (steel?). French, Mikado, Boxpok, Brunswick Green - now, I can die happy.
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