France - Diesel locomotives of the state railways SNCF


This is a class CC7200 diesel locomotive. They were built by Alsthom and SACM in 92 copies between 1967 and 1974. They have been used in cargo traffic but also - like here - in Corail passenger train traffic south of Paris. It has a power rating of only 2250 kW and depending on the series a top speed of either 140 or 160 km/h. Picture from Paris Gare d lĀ“Est 27.1.2008 by Sanna Siissalo.


Another CC72000 locomotive, still in its very first livery. By then, these machines were primarily used (here in Alsace) as locomotives for the express passenger trains between Paris and Basel. This was still the time before any TGV trains and before the electrification of the Basel to Paris connection.
Picture from Mulhouse 3.2.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This is a class BB 475000 series (also known as SNCF BB 75000 series) diesel locomotive. It looks almost identical to an Alstom Prima electric locomotive, just that it has no pantographs on the roof. This model was co-developed by Siemens of Germany and Alstom of France. The electrical components are similar to what is used in the Siemens EuroRunner/Hercules locomotives of for example the Austrian class Br2016 and the bogies and much of the outer looks are similar to Alstom's Prima locomotives. The machine has a top speed of 120 km/h, a power rating of 2000 kW and is powered by an MTU diesel engine.
Picture from close to the Aulnay sous Bois station from a moving train - sorry for the poor quality - 4.3.2014 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A long line of SNCF's old diesel machines of the classes BB63400 and BB66000. The class 63400 is from the years 1959-60 and they were built by Brisonneau et Lotz as yard shunters. The class 66000 is a bit newer, from 1960 to 1968. Here there were more than ten of these machines being pulled somewhere apparently for scrapping.
Picture from Mulhouse station 3.2.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This locomotive was in the same long line of machines being towed for scrapping. It's a class BB63000 built in 1956 by Brisonneau et Lotz.
Picture from Mulhouse station 3.2.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


There they go... bye-bye.
Picture from Mulhouse station 3.2.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The two last ones in the long line were machines of the subclass BB63500, here 63779. They were also built by Brisonneau et Lotz in 1956.
Picture from Mulhouse station 3.2.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A small shunter, Y7224. This small machine was taken in use 14.11.1960 and was scrapped 4.12.2014. It stayed all its active life at the station of Thionville.
Picture from Thionville 8.9.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same shunter, Y7224 seen from the other side. This class Y2100 originally consisted of 210 locomotives, built by Billard and Decauville 1958 to 1962. It was a dieselhydraulic machine with a modest top speed of only 54 km/h.
Picture from Thionville 8.9.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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