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Steam Locomotives of Other Small Railways France[Inhalt]
Chemins de fer de ceinture No. 51 to 65
French Northern Railway No. 3.701 to 3.715 and French State Railway 230 TA
France | 1902 | 15 produced
Ceinture No. 60 on an old post card
Ceinture No. 60 on an old post card
Fernand Fleury

The railway administration of the Paris city belt (Ceinture) had a total of 15 tank locomotives built in 1902 and 1903 for fast local trains with many stops. A first batch was built at the Hellemmes works and a second at the La Chapelle works. It was envisaged that there would be a loco at each end of the train, which together ensure very fast acceleration and can be used without switching at the end termini. A four-cylinder compound engine in a tandem arrangement was used for this, in which the high and low pressure cylinders were located one behind the other and each drove a rod together. The boilers had been taken over by the Nord 2.231 to 2.305.

With these locomotives, the 32 km long route with 23 intermediate stops was covered in one hour and five minutes. They were used by the Ceinture until 1934 and then came to the Nord where they were designated 3.701 to 3.715. With this operator, one locomotive was given a larger coal bunker and a trailing axle. During the same period, four were scrapped and two were sold to the private GCL. The rest soon came to SNCF, where they became the 230 TA 1 through 230 TA 6. SNCF scrapped them until 1947, and GCL scrapped the last engine in 1960.

ManufacturerHellemmes, La Chapelle
Axle config4-6-0T (Ten-wheeler) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length37 ft 6 9/16 in
Wheelbase25 ft 11 in
Fixed wheelbase13 ft 1 1/2 in
Empty weight112,081 lbs
Service weight139,328 lbs
Adhesive weight105,299 lbs
Water capacity1,321 us gal
Fuel capacity6,614 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Indicated power1,006 hp (750 kW)
Optimal speed35 mph
Top speed50 mph
Starting effort18,184 lbf
with start valve21,821 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter63 in
Boiler pressure232 psi
Expansion typecompound
Cylindersfour, HP: 13 x 23 5/8 in
and LP: 21 1/4 x 23 5/8 in
Grate area25.3 sq ft
Firebox area108.6 sq ft
Tube heating area1,396.2 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,504.8 sq ft
Total heating area1,504.8 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
tank locomotive
tandem compound
last changed: 02/2022
Chemins de fer de ceinture No. 4001 to 4005
French State Railway 240 TA 4001 to 4005
France | 1906 | 5 produced
Die Lokomotive, November 1908

After the purchase of the 4-6-0T tank locomotives with the numbers 51 to 65, the Paris belt railway needed even more powerful locomotives that were primarily intended to pull freight trains. The requirements stipulated that freight trains weighing 550 tonnes should be pulled on a gradient of one percent and 430 tonnes at 1.5 percent. At times of high passenger traffic volumes, additional passenger trains were to be pulled.

This time again tank locomotives with a front bogie and without trailing axles were ordered. The five locomotives therefore had a 4-8-0T wheel arrangement and a four-cylinder compound engine. While this was still implemented in a tandem arrangement on the locomotives with numbers 51 to 65, the design customary in France according to De Glehn was used here. The high-pressure cylinders were on the outside at the height of the rear axle of the bogie and drove the second coupled wheel set, while the low-pressure cylinders were inside the bogie and drove the first coupled wheel set.

Since all the cylinders were inclined and mounted higher up and the water tanks started behind the bogie, the easy accessibility of the cylinders for maintenance was ensured. The leading bogie made it possible to move passenger trains at 70 km/h without sacrificing smooth running. The ability of the coupled axles to negotiate curves was realized without movable axles by weakening the wheel flanges of the second and third axles.

Axle config4-8-0T (Twelve-wheeler) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase27 ft 8 11/16 in
Fixed wheelbase15 ft 7 in
Empty weight144,403 lbs
Service weight177,913 lbs
Adhesive weight134,482 lbs
Axle load34,833 lbs
Water capacity1,585 us gal
Fuel capacity6,614 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power939 hp (700 kW)
Optimal speed24 mph
Top speed43 mph
Starting effort24,929 lbf
with start valve29,915 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter56.7 in
Boiler pressure218 psi
Expansion typecompound
Cylindersfour, HP: 14 9/16 x 25 9/16 in
and LP: 22 7/16 x 25 9/16 in
Grate area24.4 sq ft
Firebox area133.5 sq ft
Tube heating area2,055.4 sq ft
Evaporative heating area2,188.8 sq ft
Total heating area2,188.8 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
tank locomotive
De Glehn compound
last changed: 06/2022

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