CP Class 1500

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Class 1500
Flickr - nmorao - Locomotiva 1512, Estação do Poceirão, 2008.08.31 (2).jpg
Locomotive 1512 at Poceirão, painted in the yellow livery of private operator Ferrovias
Type and origin
Builder ALCO
Model RSC-2
Total produced 12
AAR wheel arr. A1A-A1A
Gauge 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 120 km/h (75 mph)
Power output 2,000 hp (1,500 kW)
Operators Comboios de Portugal
Class Série 1500
Numbers 1501-1512
Locale Portugal
First run 1948

The Série 1500 of the Portuguese Railways were introduced in 1948, making them amongst the first main line diesel locomotives to be used in Europe. These 12 locomotives were built in the United States by ALCO, to the constructor's type RSC-2 specification. The locomotives were purchased with assistance from Marshall Aid funds in an attempt to cut the railway's running costs, modernise the system and help alleviate Portugal's shortage of coal following World War II.

They remained in service with CP until approximately 2000. 64 years after construction (as of 2012), some still survive with private operators and one locomotive is preserved at Portugal's National Railway Museum at Entroncamento.


  • This article's was originally based on the equivalent article on the Portuguese language Wikipedia