Sunday, March 3, 2013

PLM 2C2+2C2 diesel-electric from 1937

At Paris Gare de Lyon in SNCF days no. 262 BD1 ex-PLM is seen with an express to Dijon.
Two diesel-electrics of the type 2-Co-2+2-Co-2 were built as prototypes in 1937 by the PLM company (which became part of the SNCF at the beginning of 1938).  These had a weight of 230 tonnes, a length of 33 metres and a total prime mover output of 4,400 hp.  They were intended to provide services from Paris to Menton without the need for 4 changes of locomotive along the route with steam.

A poster showing a rather more sloped front than they actually had.

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