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Bavarian C III
German Reichsbahn class 5378
Germany | 1868 | 239 produced
No. 600 “Fahrenberg” in 1922 in Munich
No. 600 “Fahrenberg” in 1922 in Munich
Oberreichsbahnrat Dr. Ing. Rudolf Kallmünzer

Some six-coupled freight locomotives, built between 1868 and 1879 a total of 305 times, were called C III by the Bavarian State Railways. A distinction can be made between three slightly different types, of which the standard type made up the largest part with 239 vehicles.

The oldest variant included 52 engines, which the Bavarian Eastern Railway procured in five series from 1867. It was based on the type C, but had a larger-diameter boiler and more grate and heating area to increase power. They came into the stock of the state railway after the takeover of the Eastern Railway in 1876 and were slightly lighter than their sisters.

The standard type was created from the C II of the state railway and was produced from 1868. In contrast to its predecessor, it was driven on the middle axle instead of on the last one. The valve gear was still inside, but was now in the Allan design. The locomotive frame was on the outside, so the power was transmitted via Hall cranks. From the third series of 1876, a larger boiler and larger cylinders were installed. The first two series were later adapted to the later series.

In the years 1872 to 1874, 14 more examples were added, which were originally built by Sigl in Vienna for Hungary with larger tenders and were not accepted. The dimensions of the locomotives themselves were almost identical to the rest of the machines, especially after the installation of a new boiler with the same dimensions.

The last examples of all variants survived until after the First World War and some were included in the Reichsbahn's provisional renumbering plan as class 5378[/]h, but were retired by 1925.

Variant1868 variant1876 variantSigl type
ManufacturerMaffei, KraussSigl
Axle config0-6-0 (Six-coupled) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length46 ft 3 11/16 in48 ft 10 1/4 in
Wheelbase10 ft 6 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 6 in
Service weight81,758 lbs83,776 lbs75,398 lbs
Adhesive weight81,758 lbs83,776 lbs75,398 lbs
Axle load26,455 lbs30,865 lbs25,133 lbs
Water capacity2,364 us gal2,774 us gal3,170 us gal
Fuel capacitycoal11,023 lbs (coal)coal
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power436 hp (325 kW)469 hp (350 kW)402 hp (300 kW)
Optimal speed12 mph14 mph
Top speed28 mph
Starting effort23,725 lbf25,540 lbf18,106 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter49.2 in50.2 in47.1 in
Boiler pressure145 psi123 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 19 1/8 x 26 intwo, 20 x 26 intwo, 18 1/8 x 24 13/16 in
Grate area17.9 sq ft19.8 sq ft17.4 sq ft
Firebox area79.7 sq ft
Tube heating area1,360 sq ft1,282 sq ft1,235.7 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,439.7 sq ft
Total heating area1,439.7 sq ft
Calculated Values
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last changed: 01/2022

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