Locomotive Roster: SNCF CC 72000; Minitrix 11125
The CC 72000 is a cool locomotive. They were produced between 1967 and 1974 by Alsthom. They seem to be still running today, although it seems clear that they are entering the end of their service life (remarkable to me that they are still in service....If I picked a US counterpart...say an Alco Century 636...most of those were retired back in the 1980's! Okay...you could say Alco isn't a fair choice, but this wasn't really a mass-produced locomotive along the lines of the thousands of SD-40's made by EMD in those days. So I think is pretty amazing they're still running at all!). I also note that they produce about 3400 horse-power, which is certainly respectable from a diesel of this era!
Well what is most obviously wrong to me is the size of the headlights...which seems like a typical over-sized element on many N Scale locomotives (although newer production is getting better). Even more 'wrong' - especially to those of use spoiled by today's LED's- is the really archaic method it uses to light the two front lights. An incandescent bulb rests horizontally parallel to the front of the locomotive...which means that you get more light from one of the headlamps than the other. Kind of makes the engine look like it has a 'sleepy eye'.
newly released version in the "En Voyage" scheme is now in my possession!)! It seems strong too...it certainly seems to be able to pull a lot of cars which complements the solid feel this model has!