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Palatinate Railways G 4III
Germany | 1896 | 2 produced
Die Lokomotive, December 1906

In 1896, the Pfalzbahn saw the need for more heavy freight locomotives. Since the G 4II was already in use, which was identical to the Bavarian BB I, the focus again oriented on Bavaria and two locomotives that were based on the Bavarian E I of the Sondermann design were procured. This design means that on each side a high and low pressure cylinder are nested together as one assembly, thus saving space. Apparently, however, this arrangement did not work, because both the Bavarian prototypes and the two Palatinate G 4III were converted into normal two-cylinder engines before 1900. Otherwise, the two machines were apparently suitable for everyday use, because after the conversion they were still in use into the 1920s. With a coupled wheel diameter of only 1,160 mm, they only reached 55 km/h, but this was sufficient for freight trains and at the same time ensured high tractive effort.

Axle config2-8-0 (Consolidation) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length54 ft 9 7/8 in
Service weight131,175 lbs
Adhesive weight113,538 lbs
Axle load28,660 lbs
Water capacity3,170 us gal
Fuel capacity11,023 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power738 hp (550 kW)
Optimal speed18 mph
Top speed34 mph
Starting effort25,816 lbf
with start valve30,979 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter45.7 in
Boiler pressure188 psi
Expansion typecompound
Cylindersfour, HP: 14 9/16 x 22 1/16 in
and LP: 27 15/16 x 22 1/16 in
Grate area23.9 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,620 sq ft
Total heating area1,620 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
double cylinders compound
last changed: 01/2022

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