While it may strike us as quaint, this scene represented modern French industry at its most advanced in 1855. Speeding down the tracks that Baldus presented with rushing perspective, trains traveling from Paris to Boulogne-sur-Mer averaged an astonishing thirty-two miles per hour and arrived at their destination in less than one-third the time required by horse-drawn coach.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on mount, LR: "Gare d'Enghien"
Baron James de Rothschild; [Napoléon III, 1855]; [...]; Librairie Giraud-Badin, Paris, ca. 1990-91; Galérie Michèle Chomette, Paris, 1991.
See acquisition papers in object file for full discussion. This is a variant of the image commonly found in the Chemin de fer du Nord albums, which shows the same station from the opposite direction.