@ross Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but however one judges aesthetic appeal, we've had more than a few UK designs fall firmly into the "beautiful but bl**dy useless" category! To the majority of British eyes, most locos built to the continental and North American school of design look pretty damned cluttered (and let's not even mention Russian notions of locomotive style!), though there were the odd exceptions. The Bavarian S3/6 pacifics looked OK until the DR got their hands on them! Then there's the NZGR Class JA .... as British as moaning about the weather, even though they don't look it! For the record, there's one mid-20th century French design I find particularly elegant ... DeCaso's 232U1 of 1949 (a one-off preserved at Mulhouse). And if you ever meet someone who describes the Crosti boilered Riddles 81/2F's as the best looking loco ever, don't stop to argue, just save yourself ....... run!