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German Reichsbahn class 562-8
Germany | 1932 | 691 produced
rebuilt variant with coal dust tender
rebuilt variant with coal dust tender
Railway and Locomotive Engineering, April 1928

The class 562-8 was a conversion of the Prussian G 81, which had received a bissel axle in front of the coupled axles. On the one hand, this measure served to increase the permitted speed and also reduced the axle load to just over 16 tons. Although the G 81 was powerful, it could not achieve smooth running due to the missing carrying axle and the large overhangs. At the same time as the bissel axle was added, the boiler was moved slightly forward for better weight distribution and was also placed higher. In addition, ballast weights were attached to obtain additional traction due to the now very low axle load of the first two coupled axles

A total of 691 engines were rebuilt in this form. They could now run 70 km/h and were even used in the following decades to pull passenger trains in local traffic. Of the engines that were still in existence after the Second World War, smaller numbers were in Poland, Austria and the Soviet occupation zone of Germany, where they were also used everywhere. The Reichsbahn in the GDR was the last to use them until 1970.

However, most of the locomotives were in the three western zones after the war. A total of 410 engines were counted in varying conditions, of which the newly founded Federal Railways took over 368 pieces. They were phased out by 1968, with a new number being only provided for the last survivor, but no longer applied.

Axle config2-8-0 (Consolidation) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length60 ft 0 5/16 in
Wheelbase23 ft 7 7/16 in
Fixed wheelbase15 ft 5 1/16 in
Empty weight151,898 lbs
Service weight164,465 lbs
Adhesive weight141,316 lbs
Total weight264,775 lbs
Axle load35,715 lbs
Water capacity4,359 us gal
Fuel capacity15,432 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Indicated power1,243 hp (927 kW)
Optimal speed17 mph
Top speed43 mph
Starting effort47,094 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter53.2 in
Boiler pressure203 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 23 5/8 x 26 in
Grate area28.6 sq ft
Firebox area149.5 sq ft
Tube heating area1,422.4 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,572 sq ft
Superheater area558.4 sq ft
Total heating area2,130.4 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 01/2022

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