We went to Saint Quentin today, not to see the trains, but for our kids to participate in an open water swimming race.
After hanging around for a few hours, the race was called off because the water was too cold. It was 14.5° C instead of the 16° C minimum outlined in the rules. I was prepared to kick the kids in, but the organisers didn't want any problems so we called it a day.
As we were in the area, we popped in to the train preservation club (CFTV), the home of the 140_C_314, to see if there was anything going on, but it was an off-day there too and nobody was in. Here are a few snaps anyway taken of some of the equipment - there is so much to see there in various sidings along the line, I need to go back on a good day. The 140_C_314 was in the shed and couldn't be seen from outside unfortunately.
Everything looks a bit run down, but the good stuff is inside the shed.
The entrance to the CFTV yard off the Saint Quentin to Origny line.
This is the tender to the latest loco to join the association, the PO 4352 (Paris-Orléans region) which is number 230_G_352 built in 1922 also by North British in Scotland. See picture of the locomotive higher up in this thread here
The diesel shunter used by the association to move things around. See other photos of this in use here