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French State Railway BB 9003 and 9004
France | 1952 | 2 produced
BB 9004 in the “Cité du train” Mulhouse
BB 9004 in the “Cité du train” Mulhouse
Alf van Beem

With the BB 9003 and 9004, the first two four-axle SNCF express electric locomotives were built in France. For the power transmission, a cardan shaft was used for the first time in order to optimally cushion the traction motors. In 1955, the 9003 was the first locomotive to cover a longer distance with remote control. In the same year, the 9004 set a speed record of 331 km/h. The locomotive had previously been extensively modified in order to be able to reach this speed. The record runs were carried out together with the CC 7107, which had just reached 326 km/h.

Variant90039004
General
Built19521954
Manufacturermechanical part: Jeumont-Schneider, electrical part: Oerlikonmechanical part: Jeumont-Schneider, electrical part: Schneider-Westinghouse
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length53 ft 1 13/16 in
Wheelbase40 ft 8 3/16 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 6 in
Service weight176,370 lbs182,983 lbs
Adhesive weight176,370 lbs182,983 lbs
Axle load44,092 lbs46,297 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Continuous power4,264 hp (3,180 kW)3,996 hp (2,980 kW)
Top speed87 mph
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last changed: 03/2023
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