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French State Railway BB 16500
France | 1958 | 294 produced
BB 16759 in September 2008 in Arras
BB 16759 in September 2008 in Arras
Michael Day

The BB 16500 was the first locomotive from the “BB Alstom” family. Despite its output of only 2,580 kW, it was built in large numbers in order to get enough locomotives for the new 25.000 Volt power system. Like many of its successors, it had bogies with only one traction motor each and a two-speed gearbox for freight and passenger trains. With these, a top speed of 100 or 140 km/h is achieved with different tractive efforts. They were retired between 2002 and 2011.

General
Built1958-1964
ManufacturerAlstom
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length47 ft 2 15/16 in
Wheelbase32 ft 2 1/8 in
Fixed wheelbase5 ft 3 5/16 in
Service weight163,142 lbs
Adhesive weight163,142 lbs
Axle load40,785 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system25,000 V 50 Hz
Continuous power3,460 hp (2,580 kW)
Top speed87 mph
Starting effort72,838 lbf
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
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passenger
freight
last changed: 03/2023
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