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French State Railway CC 40100
France | 1964 | 10 produced
CC 40103 with the TEE “L'Oiseau Bleu” in 1979 at the Gare du Midi, Brussels
CC 40103 with the TEE “L'Oiseau Bleu” in 1979 at the Gare du Midi, Brussels
Steve Morgan

The CC 40100 was a series of ten heavy four-system express locomotives built for the SNCF between 1964 and 1969. They were capable of all common AC and DC systems in Europe, but were mostly only used for service between Paris and Belgium. Externally they featured the “Nez cassé” by Paul Arzens. Six type 18 locomotives of the Belgian State Railways were virtually identical to the CC 40100.

Like other French locomotives, the three axles on each bogie were powered by a single traction motor with two gear ratios which could be switched while stationary. Here, these were actually double motors which were located in a common casing. Depending on the gear, they could haul 900 tonnes with 160 km/h (99 mph) or 200 tonnes with 240 km/h (149 mph). Their service ended in 1996 with the introduction of the TGV Thalys.

Axle configC-C 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length72 ft 3 5/16 in
Wheelbase57 ft 7 3/16 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 6 5/8 in
Service weight241,626 lbs
Adhesive weight241,626 lbs
Axle load40,272 lbs
Power sourceelectric - AC/DC
Electric system15.000 V 16⅔ Hz, 25,000 V 50 Hz, 3,000 V, 1,500 V
Continuous power4,922 hp (3,670 kW)6,008 hp (4,480 kW)
Top speed149 mph137 mph
Starting effort47,210 lbf
Power Plant
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
Nez cassé
last changed: 05/2024

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