SNCF Class BB 16000

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BB 16000
BB 16037 at Paris Gare du Nord, 26 December 2005.
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Builder Le Matériel de Traction Électrique (MTE)
Build date 1958–1963
Total produced 62
UIC classification Bo'Bo'
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length 16.68 m (54 ft 9 in)
Locomotive weight 88 tonnes (87 long tons; 97 short tons)
Electric system(s) 25 kV 50 Hz AC Catenary
Current collection
Traction motors Jeumont TO 136-8, 4 off
Performance figures
Maximum speed 160 km/h (100 mph)
Power output 4,130 kW (5,540 hp)
Tractive effort 309 kN (69,000 lbf)
Operator(s) SNCF
Number(s) BB 16001 – BB 16062

The SNCF BB 16000 are a class of 25kv 50 Hz AC electric locomotives produced by MTE. They are the AC version of the BB 9200.

A total of 62 were originally built between 1958 and 1963, certain units of the class were fitted for push-pull operations with Corail coaches and control car.

15 BB 16000 were reclassified as BB 16100 after being fitted with TDM control equipment for push-pulling double-decker trains with control car, and operated on Paris-Nord to St-Quentin or Amiens lines [1]

The whole series is retired on December 31st 2012.


  1. ^ Haydock, David; Fox, Peter (1999). European Handbook No. 4 French Railways Locomotives & Multiple Units (Third Edition ed.). Sheffield, UK: Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-872524-87-7.