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Locomotive, Diesel, SNCF BB 66000

Vehicle - Rail - Locomotive - SNCF BB 66000 BB 66042 Dépot de Longueau (source Wikipedia)
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NameLocomotive, Diesel, SNCF BB 66000
VarietySNCF BB 66000
ManufacturerSNCF (Details)
EraEU Epoch III (1945 - 1970)
Year(s) of Production1959-1971

History: The BB 66000 is a series of 4-axle B'-B' diesel-electric locomotives commissioned by the French state railway SNCF between September 1959 and October 1968 for BB 66000, and between June 1968 and October 1971 for BB 66400. A total of 330 BB 66000 + 106 BB 66400 units have been produced. According to practice of that time, SNCF was the main designer and the locomotives were manufactured by a variety of sub-contractors, with final assembly at Alsthom (now Alstom) in Tarbes and Belfort, France, and Compagnie des Ateliers et Forges de la Loire (CAFL) in Saint-Chamond, Loire, France. These are multi-purpose locomotives, that can be used for passenger service (in multi-unit) as well as freight. They were qualified to run on secondary lines, therefore with a maximum axle load of 18t.
Initially referenced as 040 DG, they have all be renumbered as BB 66000 on January 1st, 1962.
Several are still in service today after several modernizations.

Engine: MGO 16 cylinders
Power output: 1,400 hp (1,030 kW) at 1,500 rpm
No heat generator for passenger trains, requiring a separate steam generator car.

There are actually several sub-series with different characteristics:
BB 66001 to 66040
Initially ordered in October 1957, delivered between September 1959 and February 1961.
Fuel tank: 3,600 l
BB 66041 to 66188
Initially ordered from November 1959 in 4 lots, delivered between April 1961 and January 1964.
Fuel tank: 3,000 l
BB 66189 to 66318
Initially ordered in September 1963 in 3 lots, delivered between March 1965 and October 1968.
New cab layout and several other changes.
Fuel tank: 3,000 l
BB 66400 (66401 to 66506)
Initially ordered from December 1966 in 3 lots, delivered between June 1968 and October 1971. A total of 106 units have been produced.
Visually very similar to the 3rd sub-series of the BB 66000.
This series was fitted with a complete new electric transmission, and with electric heating for passenger trains.
BB 66604 to 66613 (initially numbered 66304-66313)
Ordered in October 1960, delivered between April and July 1962.
Turbocharged Diesel engine Pielstick V 12-PA4-185 (1,500 hp at 1,050 rpm).
BB 66098, 66102 and 66106 have been renumbered BB 66614 to 66616 after having been re-equipped with engine V 12-PA4-185 in 1965.
BB 66609 and 66613 have been renumbered BB 66903 and 66904, then BB 66691 and 66692 in 1966 and 1967.
All retired from SNCF between 1992 and 1997, several have been acquired by railway construction companies.
BB 66901-66902
Ordered in November 1959, delivered in January and February 1961.
Noticeable with their two air tanks on the walkway alongside the short hood.
"Slow" diesel engine Sulzer 8 LVA 24 (1,400 hp at 1,050 rpm).
Both retired in 1978 and 1979.

BB 66700 (66701 to 66734)
34 locomotives of the 2nd sub-series have been transformed to BB 66700 between January 1985 and June 2004.
They are used for shunting, after adaptation of their gear ratio and trucks.
BB 69200 (69191 to 69318 - not all numbers)
91 locomotives of the 3rd sub-series have been transformed to BB 69200 between 2005 and 2010.
Modernization, including air-conditioning and re-motorization with turbocharged engine MTU 12V 4000 R41 (1,040 kW at 1,500 rpm).
Several are still in operation for freight and maintenance of way (Infra) service.
BB 69400 (69402 to 69506 - not all numbers)
75 locomotives BB 66400 have been transformed to BB 69400 between 2004 and 2009.
Modernization, including air-conditioning and re-motorization with turbocharged engine MTU 12V 4000 R41 (1,040 kW at 1,500 rpm).
Several are still in operation for freight and maintenance of way (Infra) service.

The above description has been created specifically for TroveStar N scale database by Alain LM, as summary in English of the following French publication:
Source: Le Train. Encyclopédie du matériel moteur SNCF. Tome 7: Locomotives, locomoteurs et locotracteurs Diesel (2e partie). ISSN 1296-5537. Olivier Constant. Septembre 2010.
SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français; "National society of French railways" or "French National Railway Company") is France's national state-owned railway company and manages the rail traffic in France and the Principality of Monaco. SNCF operates the country's national rail services, including the TGV, France's high-speed rail network. Its functions include operation of railway services for passengers and freight, and maintenance and signalling of rail infrastructure.

SNCF employs more than 180,000 people in 120 countries around the globe. The railway network consists of about 32,000 km (20,000 mi) of route, of which 1,800 km (1,100 mi) are high-speed lines and 14,500 km (9,000 mi) electrified. About 14,000 trains are operated daily. The company has its headquarters in Saint Denis (93200), near Paris, 2 place aux Etoiles.

In 2010 SNCF was ranked 22nd in France and 214th globally on the Fortune Global 500 list.

It is the main business of the SNCF group, which in 2014 employed 245,763 people and had 27.2 billion € of sales in 120 countries.

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