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Altenburg-Zeitz No. 1 to 5
Saxon II
Germany | 1872 | 5 produced
Former number 5 “Rositz” with new number 749 of the Saxon State Railways
Former number 5 “Rositz” with new number 749 of the Saxon State Railways

The Altenburg-Zeitz railway company was founded in 1870 in the Duchy of Saxony-Altenburg to transport lignite from the Meuselwitz-Rositz mining area. In addition to transporting the lignite, passenger transport and other freight transport also had to be handled. For this reason, locomotives had to be procured that could handle both freight and passenger transport for the small company.

The five locomotives purchased by Borsig for this purpose had 1,525 mm coupling wheels and a leading axle mounted fixed in the frame. Other features included inside valve gear and a rudimentary cab. Between 1880 and 1888, five more tank and tender locomotives were procured. When the Altenburg-Zeitz railway company was nationalized in 1896, all machines were taken over. The numbers 1 to 5 were classified in the Saxon type II and provided with the numbers 745 to 749. The last three units survived until 1922 and were not given new numbers by the Reichsbahn.

Built1872, 1875
Axle config2-4-0 (Porter) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length46 ft 7 1/4 in
Wheelbase10 ft 9 1/2 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 9 1/2 in
Empty weight65,036 lbs
Service weight73,855 lbs
Adhesive weight53,793 lbs
Axle load26,896 lbs
Fuel capacitycoal
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power369 hp (275 kW)
Optimal speed21 mph
Starting effort11,133 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter60 in
Boiler pressure123 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 17 x 22 1/16 in
Grate area16.1 sq ft
Firebox area78.6 sq ft
Tube heating area1,127 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,205.6 sq ft
Total heating area1,205.6 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 01/2022

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