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Austrian Federal Railways (BBÖ) class 1670
Austria | 1928 | 29 produced
1670.25 at the 1984 ÖBB open day
1670.25 at the 1984 ÖBB open day

The four examples built in 1925 from the class 1570 were considered relatively successful from a design point of view, but the power was not sufficient for the assigned applications. In order to increase power, it was decided to replace the four individual traction motors with four double motors, thus creating the power 1670. The additional weight in the electrical system was compensated for by the mechanical equipment being designed to achieve the maximum possible lightweight construction. A series of 29 locomotives was ordered, which were initially manufactured by Krauss in Linz. When Krauss closed the factory in Linz after 24 units, the rest were built in Floridsdorf. The locomotives were stationed in Innsbruck and used from there along the valleys.

Due to the exaggerated lightweight construction, damage frequently occurred, which led to the shutdown of all locomotives. Now all the necessary points on the design have been reinforced, which increased the weight by around ten tonnes and reduced failures. In 1932, five more locomotives were ordered, which were built more sturdily from the factory and were designated as class 1670.1. In the period that followed, there was still damage to the drives, which mainly occurred when the locomotives were being towed. However, it was possible to rework the drives in such a way that the second man to monitor the lubrication could be omitted and less damage occurred in the future. The two series became E 221 and E 222 during the German occupation and they got their old numbers back in 1953. They were used until 1983 and today two examples of the 1670 and one example of the 1670.1 have been preserved. These are the locomotives numbered 09, 25 and 140 and all of them are still running.

Built1928-1929, 1932
Manufacturermechanical part: Krauss, Floridsdorf, electrical part: SSW
Axle config1A-B-A1 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length47 ft 5 5/16 in48 ft 2 1/8 in
Wheelbase36 ft 1 1/16 in36 ft 8 15/16 in
Service weight235,894 lbs246,917 lbs
Adhesive weight163,142 lbs167,551 lbs
Axle load40,785 lbs41,888 lbs
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system15.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Hourly power3,151 hp (2,350 kW)
Continuous power2,883 hp (2,150 kW)
Top speed62 mph
Power Plant
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
last changed: 05/2022

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