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Bavarian S 2/5
German Reichsbahn class 141
Germany | 1904 | 10 produced
Die Lokomotive, May 1906

The S 2/5 was an Atlantic express locomotive that was developed at the beginning of the century together with the S 3/5. Both implemented learnings from the locomotives borrowed from Baldwin and were the first German locomotives with a continuous bar frame

The bar frame consisted of much thicker metal than the plate frames used up until then and therefore had a lower installation height. The result was not only a sleeker look with see-through undercarriage, but also much better accessibility to the internal parts of the chassis. Especially in locomotives with more than two cylinders, the inside cylinders could be serviced more easily.

Compared to the 1,870 mm coupled wheel diameter of the S 3/5, the wheels of the S 2/5 had a diameter of 2,000 mm, making it suitable for longer journeys on flat land at high speed. Due to the larger diameter, however, the last coupled axle had to be replaced with a trailing axle, which reduced the possible traction. As a result, the S 2/5 was able to run up to 135 km/h in tests, but the permitted speed was set at 110 km/h like its sister. Initially it also pulled high-value international trains, but soon its tractive power was no longer sufficient for the increased loads and so it was replaced by the S 3/5 and S 3/6.

Schematic drawing with dimensions
Schematic drawing with dimensions
Die Lokomotive, May 1906

A total of ten engines were delivered in 1904, which were relocated to the Palatinate network in 1910. After it was founded, the Reichsbahn still registered half of the stock, which was given the numbers 14 141 to 14 145 in 1925. They were phased out in the next two years.

Axle config4-4-2 (Atlantic) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length63 ft 2 7/8 in
Wheelbase28 ft 4 9/16 in
Fixed wheelbase7 ft 4 9/16 in
Empty weight137,127 lbs
Service weight151,237 lbs
Adhesive weight70,548 lbs
Axle load35,274 lbs
Water capacity5,548 us gal
Fuel capacity15,432 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power1,086 hp (810 kW)
Optimal speed41 mph
Top speed68 mph
Starting effort16,687 lbf
with start valve20,024 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter78.7 in
Boiler pressure232 psi
Expansion typecompound
Cylindersfour, HP: 13 3/8 x 25 3/16 in
and LP: 22 7/16 x 25 3/16 in
Grate area35.2 sq ft
Firebox area156.1 sq ft
Tube heating area2,055.9 sq ft
Evaporative heating area2,212 sq ft
Total heating area2,212 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
Von Borries compound
Anton Hammel
last changed: 01/2022

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