Courses and reports

Railway course

Cours de Chemins de Fer Institut Industriel du Nord de la France
Railway course teached by Mr Le Goaster, Engineer of Arts and Manufactures, Chief Inspector of Operations on the Nord Railway

Class taken in 1910 by my grandfather, future station manager at the Compagnie du Nord then at the SNCF.

Pages 1 to 128 Each 128-page PDF booklet is less than 8 MB.
Pages 129 to 256
Pages 257 to 384
Pages 385 to 512 Work in progress
Pages 513 to 592

Report on bombings in 1940

Rapport sur les bombardements de St Roch

English translation
(very light: 40 KB)

Report on the bombing of the St-Roch station (Somme) in May 1940, by my grandfather, Station Manager of St-Roch.

PDF, 7 pages, 4 Mo.

An episode of the Blitzkrieg of 1940, which made me feel those times much better than any page of the History books: the dead, the wounded, employees and soldiers, the Belgian or French refugees, and finally the family that one cannot find any more… The tone that tries to be as neutral and administrative as possible still makes this telling more poignant. Alas, some peoples still suffer those kinds of things nowadays.

Internship report

Stage aux ateliers d’Hellemmes Internship report at the Hellemmes SNCF Workshops, written by me as a 1st year engineer student at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Électricité et de Mécanique of Nancy (ENSEM). July 1972.

PDF, 30 pages, 3 MB.

Repair of electric locomotives axles. Detection of defects: ultrasound, dye penetrant inspection. Wheel reprofiling. Wheel chocking on axles. Embattage (mounting of tires on wheel bodies). Axle boxes: régulage (deposition of an anti-friction alloy on bearings).