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The last surviver_2 BW

The locomotive Type 12, also called 'Atlantic 12', was a steam locomotive of the National Company of the Belgian Railways and was in service from 1939 to 1962. This locomotive is the only streamlined steam locomotive that has driven the Belgian railways and was almost exclusively used for express passenger transport. Its traction wheels where more than 2 meters tall. Thanks to the aerodynamics, these trains could be driven with a service speed of 120 to 140 km/h. In a test drive with five carriages in the month of June of 1939, speeds of up to 165 km/h were achieved.

The Brussels engineer Raoul Notesse (1898-1944) was charged with the design of type 12 in the mid-1930s. The Frenchman André Huet designed the characteristic streamlined bodywork. Construction took place in the Cockerill workshops in Seraing, near the city of Liege.

The 12004 in this picture is the only remaining locomotive of the Type 12 Series and was just barely saved from demolition.

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Taken on June 10, 2018