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Cape Government Railways Kitson-Meyer
Beira, Mashonaland & Rhodesia and Central South African Kitson-Meyer and South African class KM
South Africa | 1903 | 4 produced
CGR No. 800 on a factory photo with serial number 4197 written on it
CGR No. 800 on a factory photo with serial number 4197 written on it

In 1903, Kitson presented their variant of the Meyer locomotive in South Africa in which the running gears were further apart and both had the cylinders at the rear. Thus, as with the Garratt, a large firebox could be placed in between. This design, named “Kitson-Meyer”, was offered for testing to the GCR, the Beira and Mashonaland Railway and the CSAR.

The coal bunker with a capacity of seven long tons was on these machines on the main frame behind the cab and the exhaust steam from the rear cylinders was channeled through this into an auxiliary chimney. On the four-axle tender were another six long tons of coal and 3,000 gallons of water.

The CGR received one locomotive, the B&MR two and the CSAR one. With a total of six driving axles, they could pull about one third more than locomotives with four driving axles. However, it quickly turned out to be a disadvantage that the exhaust steam from the rear cylinders did not escape through the smokebox. Thus, the boiler steamed poorly.

The CGR later increased the tender's water capacity to 4,000 gallons at the expense of coal capacity, but of course this did not improve boiler performance. Although they were to become the KM class at the SAR, the CGR and B&MR locomotives were retired in 1912. Only the CSAR loco was able to remain in service for a few more years after modifying the cylinders and reducing the boiler problem.

ManufacturerKitson & Co.
Axle config0-6-0+0-6-0 (Kitson-Meyer) 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length66 ft 5 1/4 in
Wheelbase34 ft
Fixed wheelbase8 ft 6 in
Total wheelbase58 ft 4 1/2 in
Service weight186,246 lbs
Adhesive weight186,246 lbs
Total weight271,168 lbs
Axle load33,378 lbs
Water capacity3,603 us gal
Fuel capacity29,120 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power900 hp (671 kW)
Optimal speed15 mph
Starting effort39,168 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter48 in
Boiler pressure180 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylindersfour, 16 x 24 in
Grate area34 sq ft
Firebox area136 sq ft
Tube heating area1,727 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,863 sq ft
Total heating area1,863 sq ft
Calculated Values
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last changed: 07/2023

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