CP Class 1200

The Série 1200 is a class of diesel-electric multipurpose locomotives used by Portuguese Railways (CP). A total of 25 locomotives were built between 1961 and 1964.[1]

Class 1200
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CP Class 1200 locomotive 1212 at Tunes station in April 1999
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderBrissonneau & Lotz, Sorefame
Build date1961–1964
Total produced25
 • UICBo'Bo'
Gauge1,668 mm (5 ft 5+2132 in) Iberian gauge
Length14,680 mm (48 ft 2 in)
Loco weight61 t
Prime moverMGO-V-12AHSR
Traction motorsx4
Performance figures
Maximum speed80 km/h (50 mph)
Power output615 kW (825 hp)
Tractive effort157 kN
OperatorsComboios de Portugal
ClassSérie 1200

Technical equipmentEdit

The locomotives are powered by a MGO-V-12AHSR V12 engine with a power output of 615 kW (825 hp), which powers a direct-current generator providing electricity to the four traction motors.[1] Their maximum speed is 80 km/h (50 mph).[2][1]


A total of 25 locomotives were built by Brissonneau & Lotz and Sorefame[3] based on a standard design previously supplied to French national railway SNCF.[1] Upon delivery, they carried a blue livery,[2] and were later repainted into the standard Portuguese Railways orange livery.[1]


The Class 1200 was used on passenger and commuter trains in the Algarve region, around Porto and north of Beja. With the introduction of more powerful diesel locomotives and diesel multiple units, the Class 1200 locomotives were used for shunting duties,[1] as well as freight services.[3]

Withdrawn Class 1200 locomotives were sold to Argentina in 2007 as part of a rolling stock sale worth 27 million euros.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ross, David (2005). Die internationale Enzyklopädie - Züge und Lokomotiven [The Encyclopedia of Trains and Locomotives] (in German). Translated by Lieb, Ulrich. Transpress Verlag. p. 311. ISBN 3-613-71266-0.
  2. ^ a b "Indústria Nacional" [National Industry] (PDF). Gazeta dos Caminhos de Ferro (in Portuguese). Vol. 74, no. 1758. 16 March 1961. pp. 23, 24. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b Garratt, Colin (2000). Locomotives of the World. Lorenz Books. p. 55. ISBN 0-7548-0513-1.
  4. ^ Marques, Ana Luísa (5 January 2007). "CP vende material ferroviário retirado de circulação à Argentina por 27 milhões de euros" [CP sells withdrawn railway material to Argentina for 27 million euros]. Jornal de Negócios (in Portuguese). Cofina Media, S.A. Retrieved 1 July 2018.