SNCF Class BB 8500
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SNCF Class BB 8500
Class BB 8500
SNCF BB8500 Toulouse FRA 001.jpg
SNCF BB 8629 at Matabiau Station, Toulouse (2006-07-05)
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
Build date1964-1974
 o UICB'B'
Gauge ()
Driver dia.1,100 mm (43.31 in)
Length14.70 m (48 ft 2.7 in) (8501-8536)
14.94 m (49 ft 0.2 in) (8537-8587)
15.57 m (51 ft 1.0 in)(8588-8646)
Loco weight78 t (77 long tons; 86 short tons) (8501-8536)
79 t (78 long tons; 87 short tons) (8537-8587)
80 t (79 long tons; 88 short tons) (8588-8646)
Electric system/s1.5 kV DC Catenary
Current pickup(s)Pantograph
Traction motors2×660 TAB A1 (8501-8536) or 2×TAB 660B1 (8537-8646) monomotors
Performance figures
Maximum speed100 or 140 km/h (62 or 87 mph)
Power output2,610 kW (3,500 hp) (8501-8536)
2,940 kW (3,940 hp) (8537-8646)
Tractive effort323 or 197 kN (72,600 or 44,300 lbf)
OperatorsSNCF VFE*
SNCF Transilien?
SNCF Infra¤
  • ¤BB 8500
    +?BB 8500 & BB88500
Number in class
NicknamesDanseuses (Dancers)
  • Tournay-Capvern
    +TER Bourgogne, Midi-Pyrénées, Languedoc & Rhône-Alpes. ECS at Paris-Gare de Lyon, Paris-Gare d'Austerlitz & Lyon

The SNCF Class BB 8500 class are part of a series of electric locomotives built by Alsthom for SNCF. They are the direct current version of the 25 kV alternating current SNCF BB 17000 and dual system SNCF BB 25500.

The locomotives are fitted with monomotor bogies with two different gear ratios. This allows them to increase their tractive effort in exchange for a reduction in their top speed. This makes them suitable for both freight and passenger trains. They acquired the nickname Danseuses (dancers) due to their tendency to sway from side to side at speed, which led to them being blacked at a number of depots.[5]

They were built in three distinct batches, leading to detail differences. They remain in use as mixed traffic locomotives, mostly with TER and but with some remaining for special duties. Thirty locomotives, dedicated to empty stock moves, have been reclassified as BB 88500.[2] Likewise in 2001, 20 of the class were rebuilt for freight banking workings on the Maurienne line. They were classified as BB 8700 for this period.


Five members of the class were named. [6]

Number Name
8600 Fleury-les-Aubrey
8602 Foix
8603 Lannemezan
8604 Cerdagne
8605 Saint-Gaudens


8616 is preserved at Mohon.


  1. ^ Marco van Uden. "SNCF VFE electric locomotives". Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b Marco van Uden. "SNCF TER electric locomotives". Retrieved .
  3. ^ Marco van Uden. "SNCF Île de France electric locomotives". Retrieved .
  4. ^ Marco van Uden. "SNCF Departmental electric locomotives". Retrieved .
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Garvin, Brian; Fox, Peter; Appleby, Chris (1986). SNCF/French National Railways. Sheffield: Platform Five. p. 18. ISBN 0-906579-62-7.

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