Electric locomotive BB 16019 REE

Original page created on 2/03/2023.

Brand - Reference

REE MB-142


BB 16019 after GRG (Grande Révision Générale), Major Overhaul (reinforced buffer beams, etc.)

Mass / Max. current @ 12 V DC

361 g / 380 mA


Machine in its late eighties condition: reinforced buffer beams, setting of intercom sockets, steps and handrails on the cab faces. I would have preferred the earlier condition (mid 1970s).

Extremely detailed locomotive. The roofline, including pantographs, is remarkable. Under the bogies, the Jacquemin transmission with shaft drive is shown, as well as the lower traction bars. I’m less enthusiastic about the cab faces, which I find overloaded with details (in particular the headlight clamps, the thickness of the cab trims and the electrical jumpers). The air ducts are not very straight. The removable buffer beams are slightly slanted, which makes their joint with the body visible.

A parts bag is provided, including two additional buffer beams, one with full details, the other with these details shortened (including the electric cable, which is not very understandable). There are also some spare parts (a windscreen wiper, an antenna, a lower traction support), and photo-etched plates (manufacturer and registration). Indeed, originally, these markings are simply stamped, and not very readable (see photo). The etched plates are fortunately in an aluminium-coloured metal, and not yellowish, as one could fear.

Mechanically, the left wheel of each end wheel set is bandaged. The flanges are 0.825 mm high. The back-to-back wheel distance of 14.2 mm is not compliant with the NEM (14.5 ± 0.1). Caution: when replacing a wheel set, it is very difficult to replace the current pickup strips, due to the presence of the Jacquemin transmission. What makes it worse is that the metal area is very narrow due to a plastic wheel cover, even on the inside. On my machine, one bogie did not take power on one side because of this.

The pantographs are held in the folded position by a small, discreet hook under the bow. Photo. These pantographs are very fine and detailed, including the bow bars and horns. One remarkable detail: the articulation of the upper rod is made on the lower rod, as in reality, not on the main leg as it is always the case on competing productions. One single regrettable defect remains: the central attachment, which I have already removed on the photo opposite.Détail de l’accrochage du pantographe



  • ESU Lokpilot V4.0 21 MTC decoder.
  • Pantograph central fixing removed.
  • Preiser driver in the cab.


Locomotives built in 62 units from 1958 to 1963 by Le Matériel de Traction Electrique MTE (Jeumont-Schneider-Creusot group). Continuous power: 4130 kW. Maximum speed: 160 km/h. Weight 88 t.

From 1975 the BB 16000s received reinforced buffer beams for automatic couplers (never fitted), and from about 1985 intercom sockets above the windscreen, as well as steps and handrails on the cab sides.

The 16019 was put into service in December 1958 at La Chapelle. Successive depots: Strasbourg (3-73), La Chapelle (01-76) and Achères (6-96). It was written off in March 2010.

See the Loco-Revue Forum on the 16000 in general (several photos of different eras).


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BB 16022

Photo Patrick Meunier on RailFanEurope.

Dimension Actual 1:87 Model
Overall length 16 680 191.7 191.7 1
Chassis length 15 420 2 177.2 176.7
Width 2 980 34.3 35.0
Height 3 650 42.0 42.7 3
Pivot distance 9 200 105.7 105.4
Bogie wheelbase 3 200 36.8 37.0
Wheel diameter 1 250 14.4 14.3
  1. Dimension difficult to measure accurately (spring buffers).
  2. Uncertain dimension.
  3. Dimension difficult to measure accurately.

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