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German Reichsbahn class 9932
Germany | 1932 | 4 produced
99 323 of the “Molli” in use in the year 2011
99 323 of the “Molli” in use in the year 2011
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The class 9932 was procured in 1932 for the “Molli” spa railway between Bad Doberan and Kühlungsborn with a gauge of 900 mm in order to cope with the increasing volume of traffic. The construction was based on the principles of standard locomotives in the relatively rare gauge of 900 mm. The locomotives are characterized by the fact that they are among the fastest narrow-gauge steam locomotives in Germany and the last of the four examples was only completed in 2009.

Like all standard locomotives, the 9932 was equipped with a superheated steam engine, while most narrow-gauge locomotives at that time still ran on saturated steam for the sake of simplicity. This increased efficiency and made the locomotive one of the most powerful on the narrow gauge. A difference to the standard locomotives was the plate frame instead of a bar frame. Since the area of operation was in the lowlands, the locomotives were designed for a speed of 50 km/h, even if the route only permitted 40 km/h. Even the class 9933 locomotives, which were only procured in GDR times, could not surpass their tractive effort and were even slower.

The three engines originally built by Orenstein & Koppel have survived the times and are still in regular use today. Even of their successors from the fifties, only one example is still in use today, which is also used more for special trips. From the 1990s, they were modernized in several stages, and today some of the originally riveted assemblies are available in a welded version. These include new boilers and frames.

In order to increase the capacity of the route, the construction of another locomotive according to the original plans was started in 2008 at the Meiningen steam locomotive works. It received all the improvements that its sisters have had over the years and was able to start operating in 2009 as the first newly built steam locomotive in Germany for 50 years.

Since the conversion to computer numbers from 1970 onwards, the locomotives have been given numbers that, strictly speaking, no longer belong to the 9932 series. They were originally numbered 99 321 to 99 323 and then became 99 2321 to 99 2323. The engine from Meiningen was eventually given 99 2324.

General
Built1932, 2008
ManufacturerO&K, Dampflokwerk Meiningen
Axle config2-8-2T (Mikado) 
Gauge2 ft 11 7/16 in (Narrow gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length34 ft 9 1/8 in
Wheelbase26 ft 5 15/16 in
Empty weight77,603 lbs
Service weight96,342 lbs
Adhesive weight70,107 lbs
Axle load17,637 lbs
Water capacity1,123 us gal
Fuel capacity3,748 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Indicated power453 hp (338 kW)
Optimal speed15 mph
Top speed31 mph
Starting effort19,321 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter43.3 in
Boiler pressure203 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 14 15/16 x 21 5/8 in
Boiler
Grate area17.2 sq ft
Firebox area62.4 sq ft
Tube heating area589.2 sq ft
Evaporative heating area651.6 sq ft
Superheater area329.4 sq ft
Total heating area981 sq ft
Calculated Values
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last changed: 01/2022
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