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Paris-Orléans E 1 to E 13
French State Railway BB 1280
France | 1900 | 13 produced
collection P. Mérard

In order to be able to take traffic further into the center of Paris, the PO built a new line around 1900, some of which ran underground. Operation here was via 600 V direct current, partly via third rail and partly via an overhead line. In manufacturing the locomotives, support was sought from General Electric, which had already supplied technology for the Baltimore Belt Line.

collection P. Mérard

The eight locomotives built first were of the steeplecab type with a central driver's cab. Seven of these were converted from 70 to 100 km/h in 1904. After further sections were electrified, a further five were built by 1912, which had two driver's cabs and a central luggage compartment. After the 1,500 V system had established, they were converted to this system. Later, half of them were further converted into shunting locomotives with a top speed of 50 km/h and significantly lower power. The decommissioning took place between 1965 and 1967.

VariantE 1-E 8E 9-E 13converted to 1.500 Vrebuilt as shunter
Manufacturermechanical part: Blanc-Misseron, electrical part: General Electric
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length34 ft 9 11/16 in37 ft 3 11/16 in
Fixed wheelbase7 ft 10 in
Service weight101,413 lbs116,845 lbs120,372 lbs141,096 lbs
Adhesive weight101,413 lbs116,845 lbs120,372 lbs141,096 lbs
Axle load25,353 lbs29,211 lbs30,093 lbs33,069 lbs
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system600 V1,500 V
Hourly power912 hp (680 kW)188 hp (140 kW)
Continuous power671 hp (500 kW)138 hp (103 kW)
Top speed43 mph62 mph31 mph
Power Plant
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
third rail
last changed: 03/2024

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