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Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée 242 CE No. 1
France | 1925 | only one produced
View of the 242 CE 1
View of the 242 CE 1

The next electric locomotive for the Maurienne line came in 1925 from Fives-Lille, the 242 CE 1, which consisted of two halves and was the only one with power transmission by rods. Although the designation “242” is more indicative of a 2-B+B-2 loco, it still had a running axle at the end of each half. There was a large electric motor in each half, while competing locomotives featured a single or double electric motor per driven axle. The power was not transmitted to a rotating jackshaft, but to a reciprocating lever, which in turn drove the driver and coupled axles. A special approach was also taken with the electrics by dispensing with starting resistors and using a special, self-regulating starting system. Whether the special technical solutions of the 242 CE would have proven themselves in operation could not be determined conclusively, since it fell victim to an electrical fire in 1926 after a mileage of 6,889 km and could no longer be repaired. At 164 tonnes, it is still considered the heaviest electric locomotive ever built in France.

General
Built1925
ManufacturerFives-Lille
Axle config2-B1+1B-2 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length74 ft 3 3/4 in
Wheelbase60 ft 6 3/8 in
Fixed wheelbase12 ft 5 5/8 in
Service weight361,558 lbs
Adhesive weight158,733 lbs
Axle load39,683 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Hourly power2,957 hp (2,205 kW)
Top speed68 mph
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
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last changed: 03/2022
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