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French State Railway BB 7200
France | 1976 | 237 produced
BB 7241 in April 2019 in DIjon
BB 7241 in April 2019 in DIjon
Joachim Lutz

The class BB 7200 locomotives are representatives of the generation with the distinctive nose shape with “Nez cassé”. They were the last pure DC locomotives in France and at the same time the first DC locomotives with automatic load control. They have bogies with only one traction motor each and were built with gear ratios for different speeds. In addition to the 160 km/h multi-purpose variant and the 100 km/h freight variant, three locomotives were built for 200 km/h. In 2015, the first were retired after being replaced by the Alstom Prima.

Variantmulti purpose variantfreighttrial 200 km/h
General
Built1976-19851981-1982, 1984-19851985
ManufacturerAlstom
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length57 ft 4 3/16 in
Service weight185,188 lbs
Adhesive weight185,188 lbs
Axle load46,297 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Continuous power5,418 hp (4,040 kW)
Top speed99 mph62 mph124 mph
Starting effort66,319 lbf
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
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Nez cassé
last changed: 03/2023
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