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Belgian Railway Type 608
Belgium | 1939 | 6 produced
Type 608 on an old post card
Type 608 on an old post card

The Type 608 formed a series of six railcars with internal-combustion engines that were delivered by Forges Usines et Fonderies d'Haine-Saint-Pierre shortly before the Second World War. These vehicles were streamlined at both ends, intended for fast traffic without a trailer cars. They were built under license by Ganz in Budapest and offered ten seats in second class and 54 in third class. Both axles of each bogie were driven by an 500 hp eight-cylinder diesel engine via mechanical transmission

The six railcars were preceded by a Type 607 prototype that had been delivered in 1936. The Type 608 series vehicles were ordered together with the two-car type 553 railcars and delivered in 1939. They achieved a speed of up to 126 km/h in test drives, but were limited to 85 km/h in service. In contrast to other Belgian railcars, some of them survived the Second World War. It is thanks to this fact that the 608.05 can be visited in the railway museum in Treignes after a refurbishment and is therefore one of only two pre-war Belgian railcars that are still preserved today.

General
Built1939
ManufacturerForges Usines et Fonderies d'Haine-Saint-Pierre
Axle configB-2 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length76 ft 9 1/4 in
Service weight122,136 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-mechanic
Top speed53 mph
EngineCarels
Engine type8-cyl. diesel
Engine output496 hp (370 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
DMU
regional
last changed: 01/2022
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