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Palatinate Railways L 2
German Reichsbahn class 990
Germany | 1903 | 5 produced
No. XXIII “Klingbach” on a photo from the year 1903
No. XXIII “Klingbach” on a photo from the year 1903

In 1903 the Pfalzbahn procured two four-coupled meter-gauge locomotives in 1903 and three in 1905 as class L 2 for the local railway Neustadt-Speyer. They were supplied by Krauss in Munich and received the Roman numbers XXIII to XXVII, later on the Reichsbahn 99 001 to 99 005.

They were similar to the L 1 built since 1889, but had one less coupled axle. Since it was intended that two of the locomotives would be coupled together during operation, the end of the driver's cab was fitted with a door and a gangway. A gangway was also added to the front, by mounting a water tank only on the left side and keeping the right side of the boiler free for a running board

Despite the relatively high power for such a light locomotive, they were soon no longer able to cope with the increased train loads and were replaced by the older L 1 and the Prussian T 33 in the early 1930s. Four engines were retired between 1931 and 1934, road number 99 004 only in 1945.

Axle config0-4-0WT (Four-coupled) 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length19 ft 9 3/8 in
Service weight33,069 lbs
Adhesive weight33,069 lbs
Water capacity370 us gal
Fuel capacity1,323 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power80 hp (60 kW)
Optimal speed8 mph
Top speed19 mph
Starting effort6,178 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter33.7 in
Boiler pressure174 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 9 7/16 x 15 3/4 in
Grate area5.4 sq ft
Evaporative heating area273.4 sq ft
Total heating area273.4 sq ft
Calculated Values
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last changed: 01/2022

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