23/07/2011.

BB 63888 Roco

BB 64067

Photo Jean-Paul Lescat on railfaneurope.net.

Roco 63435

Type

BB 63888

Mass / Max. current @ 12 V

285 g / 1.1 A

Green livery. Metz depot. The yellow lines should extend over the exhaust pipes.

The width is forced about 2 mm, probably due to the size of the motor.

The buffer bases are not shown. The guard rails go up at the cab level because the mounting holes are incorrectly positioned.

See gamos81.altervista.org for the reference list of issued BB 63000 models.

Modifications

  • Lenz Silver+ decoder mounted on new printed circuit boards.
  • Cab layout and lighting. Yellow lines on exhausts. Light leaks clogged.
  • Lamps equipped with 2-colour SMD LEDs.

Locomotives built in 580 units from 1956 to 1971 by Brissonneau & Lotz - Sulzer - SACM. Power 450 kW (12-cylinder V-shaped MGO diesel engine, 610 kW at 1500 rpm). Maximum speed: 90 km/h. Weight 68 t.

BB 63888 is put into service on 1st July 1964 in La Rochelle. Successive depots: Nantes (5-70), Achères (5-75), La Plaine (4-77), Sotteville (6-79), Metz (10-82). It is transformed into BB 64721 in June 1992. Last depot: Metz.

Concerning the “heating” BB 63500, quote from Ferrovissimo No. 4 (see below). The magazine does not say when these machines were equipped, but it is probably in the late 1960s.

The BB 63 896, 63 901, 63 902 and 63 906 received an auxiliary alternator and 1500 V heating cables for heating a train the composition of which did not exceed seven coaches. These four machines were used to pull “main lines” passenger trains passing through the tracks of the Little Belt of Paris between Paris-Nord and Paris-Lyon stations.

Documents

  • Loco-Revue sheet No. 29 / 64 c 3 (former series)
  • Loco-Revue diagram No. 1752 of the 040-DE (BB 63000). Diagram preview.LR diagram
  • Affectations at Eurocity 64
  • Photo opposite: BB 64067 at the depot of Boulogne sur Mer on 13 April 1971.
  • Photos on RailFanEurope
  • Photos on Forum Train about models in O scale.
  • Ferrovissimo No. 4 of July 2005 : BB 63000 : la 2 CV du rail !
  • Wikipedia article
  • trains-europe.fr website
  • History on derbysulzers.com (in English)

BB 63888 RocoBB 63888 Roco

BB 64067

Photo Jean-Paul Lescat on railfaneurope.net.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 14 680 168.8 168.0
Chassis length 13 500 155.2 155.1
Body width 2 800 32.2 34,4
Large bonnet width 1 720 19.8 21.5
Cab height 3 980 45.7 46.5
Large bonnet height 3 380 38.9 38.3
Pivot distance 7 500 86.2 85.7
Bogie wheelbase 2 600 29.9 30.0
Wheel diameter 1 050 12.1 12.5

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