Korail Class 8000

Korail Class 8000

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Korail Class 8000 is a series of South Korean electric locomotives operated by Korail. This locomotive was introduced from 1972, after electrification of several industrial lines. It was assigned both passenger and freight duty until the introduction of the 8200 series, after which it was only used in freight service.

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The locomotive was designed by the 50 C/S group, which consisted of European manufacturers Alsthom, Siemens, GEC, MTE, Brown-Boveri, ACEC, and AEG, and was led by Alsthom. The locomotive has three bogies in Bo-Bo-Bo arrangement. With six 650 kW DC motors, the total power is 3900 kW. The gear ratio is 15:96, and top speed 85 km/h, optimized for mountain lines with steep grades and narrow curves.


On November 3, 1975, units 8056 and 8058 fell off the Seonam bridge, on the Taebaek Line. 8056 was refurbished in KNR Seoul Factory in January 1977, 8058 was rebuilt by Daewoo Heavy Industry in January 1979.


<gallery>File:8000crr4.jpg|Two ELs with old body painting (1988)File:Double Locomotives.JPG|EL 8060 and EL 8037 (2009)File:Maker Plate of Korail EL8000.jpg|Maker's plate</gallery>

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