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Palatinate Railways G 3 and Badenian VIII b
German Reichsbahn class 557
Germany | 1886 | 16 produced
Die Lokomotive, December 1906

The Sveriges & Norges Järnvägar AB, which was under British control, was founded to build the southern part of the Swedish ore railway. They had ordered 20 0-8-0 freight locomotives from Sharp, Stewart & Co., not all of which were delivered due to financial problems and the subsequent liquidation. Four locomotives went to the British Barry Railway and the rest found new buyers in Germany.

Ten went to the Baden State Railway, where they were used as Class VIII b. However, due to the four axles, they could not be used on mountain routes with the narrowest radii. Three went to the French Est after the First World War, while the rest were decommissioned by 1923.

Since the Pfalzbahn's six-coupled freight locomotives had reached their limits on the low mountain routes, the remaining six of these locomotives were bought and used as the G 3. They were included in the Reichsbahn's renumbering plan in 1923 as class 557, but were decommissioned in 1924.

ManufacturerSharp, Stewart & Co.
Axle config0-8-0 (Eight-coupled) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length51 ft 10 1/4 in
Wheelbase15 ft 5 1/16 in
Fixed wheelbase15 ft 5 1/16 in
Service weight113,758 lbs
Adhesive weight113,758 lbs
Axle load29,983 lbs
Water capacity2,113 us gal
Fuel capacitycoal
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power603 hp (450 kW)
Optimal speed15 mph
Top speed28 mph
Starting effort25,126 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter51 in
Boiler pressure145 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 20 x 26 in
Grate area22.5 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,410.1 sq ft
Total heating area1,410.1 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 12/2023

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