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Chemins de fer de ceinture No. 51 to 65
French Northern Railway No. 3.701 to 3.715 and French State Railway 230 TA
France | 1902 | 15 produced
Ceinture No. 60 on an old post card
Ceinture No. 60 on an old post card
Fernand Fleury

The railway administration of the Paris city belt (Ceinture) had a total of 15 tank locomotives built in 1902 and 1903 for fast local trains with many stops. A first batch was built at the Hellemmes works and a second at the La Chapelle works. It was envisaged that there would be a loco at each end of the train, which together ensure very fast acceleration and can be used without switching at the end termini. A four-cylinder compound engine in a tandem arrangement was used for this, in which the high and low pressure cylinders were located one behind the other and each drove a rod together. The boilers had been taken over by the Nord 2.231 to 2.305.

With these locomotives, the 32 km long route with 23 intermediate stops was covered in one hour and five minutes. They were used by the Ceinture until 1934 and then came to the Nord where they were designated 3.701 to 3.715. With this operator, one locomotive was given a larger coal bunker and a trailing axle. During the same period, four were scrapped and two were sold to the private GCL. The rest soon came to SNCF, where they became the 230 TA 1 through 230 TA 6. SNCF scrapped them until 1947, and GCL scrapped the last engine in 1960.

ManufacturerHellemmes, La Chapelle
Axle config4-6-0T (Ten-wheeler) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length37 ft 6 9/16 in
Wheelbase25 ft 11 in
Fixed wheelbase13 ft 1 1/2 in
Empty weight112,081 lbs
Service weight139,328 lbs
Adhesive weight105,299 lbs
Water capacity1,321 us gal
Fuel capacity6,614 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Indicated power1,006 hp (750 kW)
Optimal speed35 mph
Top speed50 mph
Starting effort18,184 lbf
with start valve21,821 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter63 in
Boiler pressure232 psi
Expansion typecompound
Cylindersfour, HP: 13 x 23 5/8 in
and LP: 21 1/4 x 23 5/8 in
Grate area25.3 sq ft
Firebox area108.6 sq ft
Tube heating area1,396.2 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,504.8 sq ft
Total heating area1,504.8 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
tank locomotive
tandem compound
last changed: 02/2022

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