An American G.E. C+C, 4,400 HP electric locomotive, #2153, nicknamed Charutão (big cigar), probably due to its big size... Six units like that were delivered in 1962 to the E.F. Central do Brasil, numbered from #2151 to #2156. They were intended to pull coal trains from the Rio de Janeiro harbour to the Volta Redonda steelworks. After the scrapping of the electrification in the Central do Brasil section of R.F.F.S.A. in 1982, they were transfered to the Santos a Jundiaí section, were they worked until the privatization of this railroad in 1996. In São Paulo this locomotive was nicknamed as Carioca (name given to people born in the city of Rio de Janeiro...). The design of this machine is very different from the other electric locomotives used in Brazil, which have two control cabinets, one on each side of the locomotive. This photo was shot by Cid José Beraldo in the Barra do Piraí station; he kindly sent a copy of this photo to the E.F. Brasil site.

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