SNCF Class BB 7200

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SNCF BB 7200
BB7222.jpg
BB 7222 hauling another electric locomotive on 19 August 2002 near Bayonne
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
BuilderFrance Alsthom
France MTE
Build date1976-1985
Total produced240
Specifications
Configuration:
 • UICB' B'
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 81⁄2 in) standard gauge
Length17.48 m (57 ft 4 in)
Electric system/s1.5 kV DC Catenary
Current pickup(s)Pantograph
Traction motors2x TAB 674
Performance figures
Maximum speed160 km/h (99 mph),
100 km/h (62 mph) (7201 - 7235, 7343 - 7380, 7411 - 7440),
200 km/h (120 mph) (7261 - 7263)
Power output4,040 kW (5,420 hp)
Tractive effort288 kN (65,000 lbf), 300 kN (67,000 lbf) (7201 - 7235, 7261 - 7263, 7343 - 7380, 7411 - 7440)
Career
OperatorsSNCF, SNCF-FRET
ClassBB 7200
Number in class236 (2008)
Numbers7201-7208, 7211-7307, 7309-7347, 7349-7440
LocaleMainly South-East France
Dispositionin service

The SNCF Class BB 7200 is a 1.5 kV DC electric locomotive. It is operated by the SNCF in France. The BB 7200 are part of the "Nez Cassé" family of locomotives. SNCF Class BB 15000 is the alternating current (AC) version. The the Class BB 22200 is a dual-voltage version. They are numbered to show that the DC and AC class make the dual-voltage locomotives (7200 + 15000 = 22200). Another similar model is the NS Class 1600. It is operated in the Netherlands. It is a DC locomotive based on the BB 7200.

Locomotive numbers 7209, 7210, 7308 and 7348 have all been destroyed in accidents.

The class are numbered 7201 - 7440. Some have cast plates. [1]

In 2012 and 2013, the locomotives numbered 7311, 7312, 7314, 7325, 7327, 7330m 7332, 7335, 7337, 7339, 7341 and 7342 were modified. They became BB 7600 locomotives. They were operated on the Transilien Paris – Montparnasse line.

Names[change | change source]

Some of the class carry the name of a city in France:

Number City
7203 Saint-Flour
7221 Saint-Amand-Montrond
7223 La Souterraine
7232 Souillac
7236 Chambéry
7237 Pierrelatte
7238 Thonon-les-Bains
7239 Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny
7240 Saint-Étienne
7241 Villeurbanne
7242 Vienne
7243 Villeneuve-Saint-Georges
7244 Vernou-la-Celle-sur-Seine
7253 Montrejeau
7256 Valenton
7270 Entraigues-sur-Sorgues
7410 Fontenay-sous-Bois
7411 Lamure-sur-Azergues

Models[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Haydock, David (2008). European Handbook No. 4 French Railways Locomotives & Multiple Units (Fourth ed.). Sheffield, UK: Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-902336-65-7.