Four-axle multi service diesel loco BB 63500 debuted in 1956 at French State Railway SNCF. The diesel electric loco develops 450 kW and reaches a maximum speed of 90 km/h. With its electric heating device the 580 samples were use in passenger and freight service.
It was developed in the 1970s by GEC-Alsthom and SNCF. Originally designed as turbotrains to be powered by gas turbines, the prototypes evolved into electric trains with the 1973 oil crisis. Following the inaugural service between Paris and Lyon in 1981 on the LGV Sud-Est ("LGV") (French: Ligne à Grande Vitesse, high-speed line), the network, centred on Paris, has expanded to connect main cities across France and in adjacent countries on combinations of high-speed and conventional lines.
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For traction of passenger and freight trains under 1,5 kV DC system French State Railway SNCF ordered 237 samples of four axle electric loco BB 7200. The locos develop 4040 kW and reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. BB 7261 – 7263 are able to reach 200 km/h.
Based on approved USRA light Mikado design French State Railway SNCF ordered 1323 samples of 2-8-2 steam loco 141 R. The dependable 2 cylinder locos reached a maximum speed of 100 km/h and were used in freight and passenger service until 1974.==> (oil burner instead coal shoveling sound selectable via CV48 = value 1) <==
1946 french state railway SNCF ordered 100 samples of diesel electric shunting locomotive 040 DA (later A1A A1A 62000) at Baldwin locomotive works. With its maximum speed of 96 km/h the locos also succeeded in freight service on main lines. Railway men nicknamed the class Yayas. The 6 cylinder 606 NA prime mover developed 660 HP at 625 rpm.
For traction of french high speed trains French State Railway SNCF ordered 78 samples of six axle electric loco CC 6500 in 1969. The two motor units develop 5900 kW and reach a maximum speed of 200 km/h. In 2007 the last CC 6500 quitted service.
For traction of fast passenger trains under 1,5 kV DC and 25 kV AC system French State Railway SNCF ordered 205 samples of four axle BB 22000. The locos develop 4140 kW and reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
French electric railcars Z 27500 debuted in 2005. French State Railway SNCF ordered 211 samples of 1300 kW railcars in three or four car units. The units reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
Between 1971 and 1978 French State Railway SNCF ordered 56 samples of electric loco BB 15000 for traction of fast passenger trains. The four axle loco develop 4400 kW and reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
Between 1911 and 1923 French Railway Company Prais-Orleans PO received 190 samples of two cylinder tank engine 141 TA. The locos reached a maximum speed of 70 km/h and had been used in commuter service around Paris as well as on branch lines in Massif Central area. In 1970 the last 141 TA had been withdrawn.