Le Belge (locomotive)

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Le Belge
Stoomloc Le Belge.jpg
Power type Steam
Builder John Cockerill & Cie.
Build date 1835
UIC classification 1A1
Gauge 1435
Driver diameter 1.52m[1]
Weight on drivers 4000kg[2]
Locomotive weight 11560kg (in running order)[2]
Boiler pressure 4kg[2][clarification needed]
Heating surface:
– Firebox
– Total 33.6m2[2]
Cylinders 2[2]
Cylinder size 280mm (diamater) x 458mm (stroke)[2]
Top speed 60 km/h (37 mph)[1]
Power output 40 hp (30 kW)[1] (or 50hp[2])

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[edit]

The locomotive was built for the first main line on the European mainland, the Brussels-Mechelen line.[2]


A replica locomotive was built at the workshops of Boissellerie Cognaut for the 150th anniversary in 1980 of the formation of Belgium. It is now displayed at Vresse-sur-Semois Railway Museum.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "S.A. Cockerill de Seraing". users.skynet.be (in French). 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "La Construction des LOCOMOTIVES à VAPEUR en Belgique". www.tassignon.be (in French). 
  3. ^ "La loco à vapeur de Vresse-sur-semois". home.scarlet.be (in French). 

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