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Württemberg F and F2
German Reichsbahn class 5383
Germany | 1864 | 98 produced
The locomotive with the name Schramberg in a works photo of the Esslingen machine factory from 1866
The locomotive with the name Schramberg in a works photo of the Esslingen machine factory from 1866

After the class IV freight locomotives had been converted from the 0-6-0 wheel arrangement to 4-4-0, the Royal Württemberg State Railways realized that new locomotives with three coupled wheel sets were needed for routes with a lot of gradients, such as the Geislinger Steige. The result was the type F, which could be recognized by its short wheelbase and large overhangs at either end.

On the Geislinger Steige, which had now been upgraded, it was able to prove that it could cope with the growing freight traffic, and a total of 98 units were procured over a period from 1864 to 1881. The boiler, which was more powerful with a pressure of twelve bars, was later taken over from the derivative F 2, which was only procured in very small numbers. The cabs were also replaced with a more modern one with better protection from the elements. Thus, between 1890 and 1910, all Class F locomotives were rebuilt to the new standard.

After the conversion, they remained in use for a few more years. In the 1920s, however, the end had come for them as well, as was the case with almost all old freight locomotives with a 0-6-0 wheel arrangement. In addition, it is no longer known exactly whether it only got the new number on paper or whether it was actually renumbered.

VariantF (early batches)F (late batches)F 2 and F rebuilt
Axle config0-6-0 (Six-coupled) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length44 ft 3 1/2 in46 ft 1 3/8 in
Wheelbase9 ft 10 1/8 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 10 1/8 in
Service weight63,934 lbs83,776 lbs
Adhesive weight63,934 lbs83,776 lbs
Axle load21,385 lbs27,999 lbs
Water capacity1,717 us gal2,642 us gal
Fuel capacitycoal
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power248 hp (185 kW)308 hp (230 kW)570 hp (425 kW)
Optimal speed9 mph16 mph
Starting effort17,464 lbf21,830 lbf23,099 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter48.4 in
Boiler pressure116 psi145 psi174 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 18 7/8 x 24 intwo, 17 11/16 x 24 1/8 in
Grate area11.1 sq ft15.1 sq ft
Firebox area116.3 sq ft
Tube heating area1,185.1 sq ft
Evaporative heating area916.2 sq ft1,269.1 sq ft
Total heating area916.2 sq ft1,269.1 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 01/2022

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