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Other Broad Gauge Steam Locomotives from Ireland and Northern Ireland[Inhalt]
Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties Leitrim class
Ireland | 1882 | 5 produced
Locomotive Magazine, May 1903

The Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway operated a 43-mile line in northern Ireland from 1877, which consisted only of the main line and had no branch lines. However, since this route, which was built in the Irish broad gauge of 5 ft 3 in, was only laid out with light rails, the running characteristics of the two 0-6-2T locomotives “Pioneer” and “Sligo” left a lot to be desired. The solution was to replace the trailng axle with a bogie

Model of the “Fermanagh”
Model of the “Fermanagh”
Bradley Wurth

The company Beyer, Peacock & Co. had delivered locomotives of this type to the South Australian Railways as class K from 1879, which were also designed for lightly built routes. So they ordered two locomotives with the names “Fermanagh” and “Leitrim”, which were basically an enlarged class K. Since these proved themselves, three more examples followed by 1899, named “Lurganboy”, “Lissadell” and “Hazelwood”. The first of these locomotives, now known as the Leitrim class, were not retired until 1947 and one remained in service until 1957, when the SL&NCR ceased operations.

General
Built1882-1899
ManufacturerBeyer, Peacock & Co.
Axle config0-6-4T 
Gauge5 ft 3 in (Irish broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase23 ft 3 in
Fixed wheelbase11 ft 0 1/2 in
Service weight96,208 lbs
Adhesive weight60,032 lbs
Water capacity1,729 us gal
Fuel capacity4,032 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power275 hp (205 kW)
Optimal speed16 mph
Starting effort10,744 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter56 in
Boiler pressure130 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 16 1/2 x 20 in
Boiler
Grate area14.9 sq ft
Firebox area75.8 sq ft
Tube heating area897.2 sq ft
Evaporative heating area973 sq ft
Total heating area973 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
passenger
freight
tank locomotive
last changed: 02/2022
Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties Lough class
Ulster Transport Authority class Z
Northern Ireland | 1949 | 2 produced
“Lough Erne” stored in Whitehead
“Lough Erne” stored in Whitehead
Milepost88

After the five Leitrim class locomotives from the 19th century, SL&NCR had procured three more Sir Henry class locomotives in 1904, 1905 and 1917, which also had the 0-6-4T wheel arrangement and were manufactured by Beyer, Peacock & Co. After the Second World War, the existing fleet of vehicles was no longer sufficient and in poor condition, so that the procurement of a powerful Garratt locomotive was initially considered. The route was now between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which made operation not exactly easy. In addition, it was in a sparsely populated and not very prosperous area, which significantly worsened the financial situation and made it impossible to buy an expensive locomotive.

Finally, two smaller locomotives were ordered, which again had the 0-6-4T wheel arrangement and were completed in 1949. Since the SL&NCR could not pay for the locomotives, lengthy negotiations with the government of Northern Ireland followed. It was finally agreed on a lease purchase and the locomotives were used until the line was closed in 1957. They were named after the lakes Lough Melvin and Lough Erne, which explains the name of the class. They were then sold to the Ulster Transport Authority and used by them as Class Z for about ten years. Preserved by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, Lough Erne is now at Whitehead on the Northern Irish coast.

General
Built1949
ManufacturerBeyer, Peacock & Co.
Axle config0-6-4T 
Gauge5 ft 3 in (Irish broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase23 ft 3 in
Fixed wheelbase11 ft 0 1/2 in
Service weight117,600 lbs
Adhesive weight82,880 lbs
Water capacity1,561 us gal
Fuel capacity4,480 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power500 hp (373 kW)
Optimal speed17 mph
Starting effort18,885 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter56 in
Boiler pressure160 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 18 x 24 in
Boiler
Grate area18 sq ft
Firebox area98.5 sq ft
Tube heating area1,050 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,148.5 sq ft
Total heating area1,148.5 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
passenger
freight
tank locomotive
last changed: 02/2022
Great Southern & Western class 900
Inchicore class A1
Ireland | 1915 | 2 produced
Locomotive Magazine, November 1915

In 1915, the Great Southern & Western had number 900 built in Inchicore as a banker locomotive for the incline between Kingsbridge and Clondalkin. It had a 4-8-0T wheel arrangement, making it the only Irish broad gauge locomotive to have four coupled axles. It had inside cylinders, a Belpaire firebox and some common parts with the classes 362 and 368.

Locomotive Magazine, November 1918

In 1924 an identical locomotive was built with the number 901. In reality, however, it turned out that they easily derailed in marshalling yards with tight curves. Number 900 was soon rebuilt into a 4-6-2T by removing the coupling rods to the last axle, but this did not have the desired effect. It was withdrawn in 1928 and the 901 in 1931 because they did not perform roles for which there were no other suitable locomotives.

General
Built1915, 1924
ManufacturerInchicore
Axle config4-8-0 (Twelve-wheeler) 
Gauge5 ft 3 in (Irish broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length37 ft 10 3/4 in
Wheelbase29 ft 1 in
Fixed wheelbase15 ft 3 in
Service weight180,320 lbs
Adhesive weight147,840 lbs
Axle load36,400 lbs
Water capacity1,801 us gal
Fuel capacity7,840 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power800 hp (597 kW)
Optimal speed19 mph
Starting effort26,296 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter54.5 in
Boiler pressure175 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 19 1/4 x 26 in
Boiler
Grate area24.8 sq ft
Firebox area138.5 sq ft
Tube heating area1,426.5 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,565 sq ft
Total heating area1,565 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
tank locomotive
freight
switcher
last changed: 03/2024
Great Northern (IE) class QGT
Ireland | 1904 | 2 produced
Locomotive Magazine, May 1905

In 1904, Charles Clifford, superintendent of the Irish Great Northern, had two 0-6-2T tank locomotives built for shunting work in the Belfast freight yard. They came from Robert Stephenson & Co. and were given the numbers 98 and 99. The cylinders were on the inside and drove the second driving axle. Ultimately only 98 remained permanently in Belfast, while 99 was later moved to Dublin. They each received a new superheated boiler in 1932 and 1935, respectively.

General
Built1904
ManufacturerRobert Stephenson & Co.
Axle config0-6-2T (Webb) 
Gauge5 ft 3 in (Irish broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase22 ft
Fixed wheelbase16 ft
Service weight123,872 lbs
Adhesive weight103,040 lbs
Axle load35,280 lbs
Water capacity1,501 us gal
Fuel capacity4,480 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power600 hp (447 kW)
Optimal speed20 mph
Starting effort19,253 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter55 in
Boiler pressure140 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 18 1/2 x 26 in
Boiler
Grate area19.9 sq ft
Firebox area112.4 sq ft
Tube heating area1,153.6 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,266 sq ft
Total heating area1,266 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
tank locomotive
switcher
last changed: 01/2024
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