RailPictures.Net Photo: 303 SNCV - Société nationale des Chemins de Fer vicinaux Steam 0-6-0 at Noyelles-sur-Mer, France by Jean-Marc Frybourg
 
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» June 15, 2019
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The meter-gauge dual cab steam engine #303 of the Belgian SNCV Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Vicinaux (National Secondary Railroads Company) was built in 1888 by Ateliers Métallurgiques de Tubize (Tubize Metallurgy Shops) for the Liège network. Basically, it is a 0-6-0 with a front-end platform. It can be operated with the engineer located at either end for better visibility when street running ot travelling across villages. It was also considered a streetcar locomotive, as it can be used either for peri-urban services or for countryside freight or passenger trains. The 303 is the oldest preserved "vicinal" steam engine (vicinal means local or secondary).

It was recently refurbished by the ASVi - Association pour la Sauvegarde du Vicinal (Association for the preservation of secondary trains) in Thuin, Belgium. It has already participated in several festivals, and could be seen on several locations including in France on the Somme Bay Railroad (CFBS Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme).
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