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4rail.net - Electric Locomotives in France

The selection of French electric locomotives is very wide and interesting. We will try to cover as many as possible on this page in the near future.

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DB Schenker: class 92 *
Eurotunnel
: class 92 *
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SNCF BB15000 number 041 at Paris Gare du Nord, France
Click here to have a look at the numerous often unusual looking French electric locomotives.
 
   
 Eurotunnel and its Subsidiaries, GB Railffreight, Europorte 2
Eurotunnel class 92 exiting Eurotunnel channel British class 92 / French class CC92000
Choise for much of the freight traffic through Channel tunnel, class 92 as a powerful locomotive still serves there as a common electric locomotive.

Units built: 46, many units in other use Europewide.    
Unit numbers: between 92 006 and 92046 
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Power: 5040 kW (6760 hp), 360 kN (81'000 lbf) cont.
Electrical systems: overhead and side rail electricity, DC 750V and 25kV 50 Hz
Usage: heavy freight loco in UK and France

  Detailed information on GBRf class 92... 
   
 DB BSchenker / EWS
EWS class 92 near the Chunnel, France British Class 92 of EWS
Also used on freight traffic through Channel tunnel,DB Schenker owns two dezen of these heavy electric locomotives. Some of the batch were moved to Romania.

Units built: 46.    
Unit numbers: in range 92 001 and 92042 
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Power: 5040 kW (6760 hp), 360 kN (81'000 lbf) cont.
Electrical systems: overhead and side rail electricity, DC 750V and 25kV 50 Hz
Usage: heavy freight loco in UK and France

  Detailed information on DB Schenker class 92... 
   
 SNCF
SNCF BB 27300 number 27360 at Paris Gare Saint-Lazare, France Class BB27300
Built for Paris area, this Alstom loco is adapted to push-pull operations with coaches. Can be found both North and South Paris lines.

Units built: 64
Unit numbers: 27301 - 27364 
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Power: 4200 kW (5630 hp), 320 kN
Electrical systems: oh. el., DC 1500V and 25kV 50 Hz
Usage
: commuter trains of Paris

  Detailed information on SNCF class BB27'300... 



SNCF BB27000 number 27091 in Paris, France Class BB27000
This class forms the newer generation of French built locomotives of Fret SNCF (SNCF freight operator) and Akiem (SNCF leasing company).

Units built: 180
Unit numbers: 27001 - 27180 
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Power: 4200 kW (5630 hp), 320 kN
Electrical systems: oh. el., DC 1500V and 25kV 50 Hz
Usage
: generic freight locomotive

  Detailed information on SNCF class BB27'000... 



SNCF electric locomotive number 26185 with a freight in southern France Class BB26000 "Sybic"
SYnchronous BIcurrent class 26'000 is a modern French multipurpose locomotive found as well on freight as on passenger duties.

Units built: 234    
Unit numbers: (1*)26 019 - (4*)26 234 (*user digit)  
Maximum allowed speed: 200 km/h (125 mph)  
Power: 5600 kW (7509 hp), 320 kN
Electrical systems: oh. el., DC 1500V and 25kV 50 Hz
Usage
: multipurpose locomotive in France

  Detailed information on SNCF class BB26'000... 



SNCF BB22200 number 349 at Paris Gare du Nord, France Class BB22000
These locos feature typical shark like looks we all know for the French locos. Repalciong classes 16000 and 25500.

Units in use: <190, 205 built    
Unit numbers
: X22201 - X22405  
Maximum speed
: 160/200 km/h (99/125 mph)  
Power
: 4360/5600 kW (5850/7500 hp), 294 kN
Electrical systems
: oh. el., DC 1500V and 25kV 50 Hz
Usage
: true multipurpose loco in France


  
Detailed information on SNCF class BB22'200... 



SNCF electric locomotive number 817026 with a local passenger train in Paris, France Class BB17000
Only a few left, these 25 kV electrics work only Paris local push-pull trains and will soon be replaced by EMUs there.

Units in use: <10, 105 built    
Unit numbers: (8)17001 - (8)17105  
Maximum allowed speed: 90/140 km/h (56/87 mph)  
Power: 2940 kW (3940 hp), 250 kN
Electrical systems: overhead electricity, 25kV 50 Hz
Usage: local commuter traffic loco in Paris

  
Detailed information on SNCF class BB17'000... 


SNCF BB15000 number 041 at Paris Gare du Nord, France Class BB15000
Once handling most of Paris long distance traffic east class BB15000 can now be found in numerous locations. This is one class within generation 1 of the famous "shark noses".

Units in use: 50, 65 built from 1971 to 1978 by Alstom/MTE
Unit numbers: x15001 - x15065 
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
Power: 4420 kW (5930 hp), 295 kN (66'320 lbf)
Electrical systems: overhead electricity, 25kV 50 Hz
Usage: fast train loco used for var5ious duties

  
Detailed information on SNCF class BB15'000... 
 SNCF Retired
SNCF class BB25500 number 256199 at Nice Ville, France Class BB25500
These bicurrent electrics are found mostly on local push-pull peak hour trains.

Units in use: <90, 194 built    
Unit numbers: X25501 - X25694  
Maximum allowed speed: 90/140 km/h (56/87 mph)  
Power: 2940 kW (3940 Hp), 250 kN
Electrical systems: oh. el., DC 1500V and 25kV 50 Hz
Usage: local commuter traffic loco in France


  Detailed information on SNCF class BB25'500... 


SNCF electric locomotive class 516000 at Paris Montparnasse, France Class BB16000 "BB Jacquemin"
Now retired, class BB 16000 operated North of Paris until 2012.
Series (5) were equipped for push-pull traffic.

Units in use: none, 62 built from 1958 to 1963 by MTE
Unit numbers: (1)16001 - (1)16061>(5)16101-(5)16115 
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
Power: 4130 kW (5540 hp), 310 kN
Electrical systems: overhead electricity, 25kV 50 Hz
Usage: former fast train loco used for regional traffic

  
Detailed information on SNCF class BB16'000... 
   
   
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