RailPictures.Net Photo: BB 13027 SNCF BB 13000 at Colmar, France by Daniel SIMON
 
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SNCF (more..)
BB 13000 (more..)
Colmar yard (more..)
Colmar, France (more..)
July, 1988
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BB 13027 (more..)
Unknown (more..)
Daniel SIMON (more..)
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Portrait of the SNCF BB 13027 at the Colmar station. The body style was a steeplecab with a single 'monocabine' central control cab and long, low bonnets at each end. The single cab design was chosen because previous experience had suggested that providing duplicated control gear at the ends of the locomotive was the least reliable part of an electric locomotive, and this way only one set might be needed, with direct access to it. However this simplicity also prevented the locomotives being connected in multiple. The driver was also better protected in case of accident. The two diamond pantographs required more space than the cab roof and so were supported on two distinctive cantilevered platforms, ahead and behind the cab. The steeplecab and its overhanging pantograph platforms gave them the nickname of 'flatirons'. Some drivers also knew them as 'trancheur de jambon' from the control wheel's resemblance to that of a bacon slicer.
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