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73079 - Steam locomotive 231 E 40, SNCF

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Epoch: III   |
Gauge: H0   |
Elect. system: 2L - Digital   |
Steam locomotive 231 E 40 of the French State Railways.

■ Finally back in the ROCO programme
■ Used for heavy express train operations
■ State-of-the art model in delicate design
■ Assymetric dual headlights

The series 231 E was created out of the necessity to design powerful steam locomotives for the increasingly heavy French express trains after the First World War. Instead of expensive new developments, André Chapelon was commissioned by the Paris-Orleans Railway to rework existing Pacific-type steam locomotives to meet the new expectations. The engineer achieved the required increases in performance and savings in power consumption, mainly through thermodynamic improvements. Success proved him right: the modified locomotive achieved maximum test speeds of up to 174 kilometers per hour. In regular operation, it even reached an incredible top speed of 130 kilometers per hour. With a performance increase of 50 percent and a simultaneous reduction in consumption costs, Chapelon turned the old steam locomotives into future-proof express locomotives.
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General data
Coupling
NEM shaft 362 with close coupling mechanism at the tender
Minimum radius
419 mm
Number of axles with traction tyres
2
Smoke generator Article number (digital)
Seuthe no. 11
Number of driven axles
2
Smoke generator retrofittable
yes
Flywheel
yes
Electrical
Interface
Electrical interface for traction units according to NEM 652 standards with plug-in fixture
Digital decoder
NEM 652
MX645R
Sound
yes
LED head light
yes
Measurements
Length over buffer
272 mm

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