The reference for locomotives and railcars


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Paris-Orléans E 1 to 80
French State Railway BB 1 to 80
France | 1924 | 80 produced
collection P. Mérard

The first electric road locomotives used by the PO were taken from General Electric due to a lack of experience in the USA. Accordingly, the locomotives had an appearance that resembled the box cabs. Some locomotives were later given contact shoes so that they could be used with conductor rail either on the Paris city lines with 600 V or on the Maurienne line in double with 1,500 V. The locomotives had many shortcomings, such as uneven load distribution on the axles when starting. Nevertheless, it took until 1980 for all 80 locomotives to be retired.

Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length41 ft 7 5/8 in
Service weight158,733 lbs
Adhesive weight158,733 lbs
Axle load39,683 lbs
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Hourly power1,658 hp (1,236 kW)
Continuous power1,303 hp (972 kW)
Top speed56 mph
Power Plant
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
last changed: 03/2023

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