Today, 21st October 2005, is the 200th anniversary of this historic event that shaped Europe for a very long time. France could still be under Napoleonic style rule and Spain and Britain a provence of France had events gone against the British.
And all this happened before steam railways were first operated in 1825.
Amazing when you think about it.
I can just picture an SNCF loco running from Paddington to Penzance!
(We might get a service that runs on time!
So its appropriate that Bachmann launch their model this week.
What chance a model of the Rocket in 2025 and a surge of interest in modelling all things Victorian that year? We might even get a "City of Truro"!
PS There are those who say that Mr Tony Blair would be very happy to hand over the running of the British railways to Mr Chirac and SNCF and that SNCF are taking over the running of the British network by stealth anyway! They do currently run out of Waterloo (appropriate) but under the guise of Eurostar. And one or two of the train operators are French. Its all a big plot....