Choco Loco (Murder on the Orient Express) • St Pancras • 2017

Godiva Chocolates have made a celebratory choco-loco to co-incide with the opening of  Murder on the Orient Express. The original story is by Agatha Christie (1934). The story was made into an all-star film in 1974…and just now, in 2017.

The film has just opened to mixed reviews; but the model is pretty good. The model is an interpretation of the French SBCF class 241P.

This loco was a post-ww2 (1944) bigger and better development of the famous 231 engines that were perfected by the French mechanical engineer, Andre Chapelon, during the 1920s and 1930s.

These powerful engines pulled passenger expresses across France, and to theMediterranean coast. The power and speed of these engines was expressed through Arthur Honneger’s eponymous musical composition and in the film by Jean Mitry (1947)…

These powerful engines pulled passenger expresses across France, and to the Mediterranean coast. The power and speed of these engines was expressed through Arthur Honneger’s eponymous musical composition and in the film by Jean Mitry (1947)…

Image et Son (Mitry Honneger)

The film by Mitry is terrific…especially the first part of slow and careful make-ready with industrial noises…

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