Le Belge (locomotive)
|Builder||John Cockerill & Cie.|
|Weight on drivers||4000kg|
|Locomotive weight||11560kg (in running order)|
|Boiler pressure||4kg[clarification needed]|
|Cylinder size||280mm (diamater) x 458mm (stroke)|
|Top speed||60 km/h (37 mph)|
|Power output||40 hp (30 kW) (or 50hp)|
Le Belge was a 2-2-2 Patentee type steam locomotive with tender, built in 1835 by the company founded by John Cockerill in Seraing, Belgium. It was the first steam railway locomotive built in Belgium, and was built under license to a design by Robert Stephenson & Co.
Design and operation
The locomotive was built for the first main line on the European mainland, the Brussels-Mechelen line.
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- U. Lamaille; F. Legein. "La Locomotive, Description raisonnée de ses organes" (in French).
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