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Prussian G 52
German Reichsbahn class 542-3
Germany | 1896 | 714 produced

The G 52 belongs to a series of 2-6-0 freight locomotives that have been built primarily for the Prussian State Railways since the end of the nineteenth century. It originated from the G 51 with a simple two-cylinder engine and had a compound engine

The G 52 was more powerful and economical, but could not completely replace its predecessor due to its better suitability for lines with several stops. Since they were equipped with air brakes, which were not very common at the time, they were often used in front of passenger trains.

Between 1896 and 1901, 499 G 52 were built for Prussia, another 215 were built between 1900 and 1908 for Alsace-Lorraine as G 5. When the newly founded Reichsbahn took over the engines in 1923, there were only still around 300 in service. Two years later, the renumbering into the series 542 and 543 took place when only a little more than half were left. Now it only took another six years until all locomotives of the series were retired.

ManufacturerBMAG, Borsig, Grafenstaden, Hanomag, Henschel, Schichau
Axle config2-6-0 (Mogul) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length53 ft 0 9/16 in
Wheelbase20 ft 8 1/16 in
Fixed wheelbase13 ft 1 1/2 in
Service weight118,278 lbs
Adhesive weight96,232 lbs
Total weight207,565 lbs
Axle load30,351 lbs
Water capacity3,170 us gal
Fuel capacity11,023 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power738 hp (550 kW)
Optimal speed29 mph
Top speed40 mph
Starting effort16,452 lbf
with start valve19,742 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter53.2 in
Boiler pressure174 psi
Expansion typecompound
Cylinderstwo, HP: 18 7/8 x 24 13/16 in
and LP: 26 3/4 x 24 13/16 in
Grate area24.6 sq ft
Firebox area121.2 sq ft
Tube heating area1,397.5 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,518.7 sq ft
Total heating area1,518.7 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 01/2022

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