SNCF Class BB 16000

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BB 16000
BB 16037 at Paris Gare du Nord, 26 December 2005.
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
BuilderLe Matériel de Traction Électrique (MTE)
Build date1958–1963
Total produced62
 • UICBo′Bo′
Gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Length16.68 m (54 ft 9 in)
Loco weight88 tonnes (87 long tons; 97 short tons)
Electric system/s25 kV 50 Hz AC Catenary
Current pickup(s)Pantograph
Traction motorsJeumont TO 136-8, 4 off
Performance figures
Maximum speed160 km/h (100 mph)
Power output4,130 kW (5,540 hp)
Tractive effort309 kN (69,000 lbf)
NumbersBB 16001 – BB 16062

The SNCF BB 16000 are a class of 25 kV 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 was retired on 31 December 2012.


Four members of the class received names. [2]

Number Name Number Name
BB 16001 Neuilly-sur-Marne BB 16008 Drancy
BB 16007 Mantes-la-Jolie BB 16062 Dol-de-Bretagne


  1. ^ Haydock, David; Fox, Peter (1999). European Handbook No. 4 French Railways Locomotives & Multiple Units (Third ed.). Sheffield, UK: Platform 5 Publishing. ISBN 1-872524-87-7.
  2. ^ Garvin, Brian; Fox, Peter; Appleby, Chris (1986). SNCF/French National Railways. Sheffield: Platform Five. p. 27. ISBN 0-906579-62-7.