The French NORD steam locomotive Type 232 Baltic – 3.1102 from 1911

Nord 3.1101 and 3.1102 were a class of two express passenger 4-6-4 (Baltic) tender locomotives designed by Gaston du Bousquet for the Chemins de Fer du Nord, and built in the company’s La Chapelle Workshops.

Designer: Gaston du Bousquet
Builder: La Chapelle Workshops
Build date: April/July 1911
Total: produced 2

The locomotives were coupled to bogie tenders with a water capacity of 26,000 litres (5,700 imp gal; 6,900 US gal) and 7 tonnes (6.9 long tons; 7.7 short tons) of coal. The bogies used on the tenders were identical in design to those used on the locomotives.

Gaston du Bousquet (1839–1910) was a French engineer who was Chief of Motive Power (ingénieur en chef traction) of the Chemin de Fer du Nord, designer of locomotives and professor at École centrale de Lille.

Gaston du Bousquet taught mechanical engineering at the Institut industriel du Nord de la France (École Centrale de Lille) from 1872. He was appointed chief engineer to the Chemins de Fer du Nord in 1890. He won a gold medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1894. He collaborated successfully with Alfred de Glehn and Edward Beugniot, both working for the Société Alsacienne de Constructions Mécaniques (SACM). He was president of the Society of Civil Engineers of France in 1894.

He introduced compound (double expansion) steam locomotives to the industrial network with the help of Alfred de Glehn, engineer to SACM.

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