RENFE Class 350
- This article is about the Spanish diesel locomotives introduced in the 1950s. For the 21st-century electric high-speed Talgo locomotives see Talgo 350
350-002 "Virgin of Aranzazu"
|Type and origin|
|Builder||American Car and Foundry Company|
|Serial number||350-001 to 350-004|
|Gauge||1,668 mm (5 ft 5 21⁄32 in)|
|Wheel diameter||840 mm (33.07 in)|
|Wheelbase||9.5 m (31 ft 2.0 in) (bogie centres)|
|Locomotive weight||60 t (59 long tons; 66 short tons)|
|Prime mover||2 x Maybach MD-320 (units 001-003)
2 x Hercules Nª4 tipo DNX-V8DS (unit 004)
|Maximum speed||140 km/h (87 mph)|
The RENFE Class 350 is a series of four single-cabin diesel locomotives that were delivered to Spain in 1950 for use with Talgo II coaches, being built in the USA by the American Car and Foundry company to a distinctly American external style.
The locomotives worked passenger services with Talgo II coaches in red lined silver Talgo II livery, starting in 1950 between Madrid and Hendaye and ending in 1972 with trains between Madrid and Palencia.
When the Talgo II coaches were withdrawn the locomotives were formed into two pairs, and worked Talgo III services between Madrid and Bilbao on the Miranda de Ebro-Bilbao[clarification needed] until 1976 when that service was taken over by RENFE Class 269 locomotives.
Like all Talgo locomotives, the Class 350 received names.
|350-001||Virgen del Pilar||Decommissioned|
|354-002||Virgen de Aránzazu||Preserved, on display at Madrid-Delicias railway Museum |
|354-003||Virgen de Begoña||Preserved, on display Vilanova (Barcelona)|
|354-004||Virgen de Montserrat||Decommissioned|
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