N°9 - 130T meuse - 1938
The museum's locomotive number 9 is a 130T, built by the Ateliers de la Meuse in Liège, Belgium. Coming from a very limited series of machines, it generally appeals to amateurs due to its particular aesthetics.
the only narrow gauge locomotive designed for beets
The Ateliers de la Meuse, installed since 1835 in Liège, have built many locomotives in standard gauge (1m435), metric gauge (1m) and narrow gauge. Following a request from the SDS (Sucreries et Distilleries du Soissonnais), a study was launched to design 60cm track machines intended for beet traffic, the company having aids following the First World War wanted to acquire new equipment. Thus came out of the workshops a first locomotive type 031T in 1922, it rained a lot, and several others followed it. In 1926, two other locomotives also arrived, but this time of the 130T type, identical to that of the Transport Museum of Pithiviers. These 130Ts were fast, reliable and easy to use, which marked a turning point in the 60cm beet path. A total of 11 locomotives were delivered to the SDS in 1922 and 1938 (031T and 130T combined). These locomotives are easily recognizable by their particular aesthetics: the monobloc cast steel chimney, the typical cabin of the manufacturer, and the virtual absence of piping outside the locomotive.
the number 9
Our locomotive was delivered in 1938 to the SDS assigned to Acy in l'Aisne, to ensure the transportation of beets. In the 1950s, it was transferred to the Maizy sugar refinery, also in Aisne, where it was accompanied by the number 8, now preserved at the Chemin de Fer de la Vallée de l'Ouche. Following the closure of the Maizy sugar refinery railway in 1963, it will be transferred for internal handling at the sugar refinery. She will arrive at the association on July 2, 1966, she will be baptized by the association "Les Fontenelles". It has since provided very good service. She had a new home in 1972 and was only arrested for the usual maintenance.