Le Belge (locomotive)

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Le Belge
Stoomloc Le Belge.jpg
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderJohn Cockerill & Cie.
Build date1835
 • UIC1A1
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Driver dia.1.52 m (60 in)[1]
Adhesive weight4,000 kg (8,800 lb)[2]
Loco weight11,560 kg (25,490 lb) (in running order)[2]
Boiler pressure4 kg[2][clarification needed]
Heating surface33.6 m2 (362 sq ft)[2]
 • Firebox0.86 m2 (9.3 sq ft)[2]
Cylinder size280 mm (11 in) (diamater) x 458 mm (18.0 in) (stroke)[2]
Performance figures
Maximum speed60 km/h (37 mph)[1]
Power output40 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. Another replica was built in 1885 and is now displayed at Train World, the museum of the National Railways of Belgium, in Schaerbeek, Brussels.

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).

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