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Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties Leitrim class
Ireland | 1882 | 5 produced
Locomotive Magazine, May 1903

The Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway operated a 43-mile line in northern Ireland from 1877, which consisted only of the main line and had no branch lines. However, since this route, which was built in the Irish broad gauge of 5 ft 3 in, was only laid out with light rails, the running characteristics of the two 0-6-2T locomotives “Pioneer” and “Sligo” left a lot to be desired. The solution was to replace the trailng axle with a bogie

Model of the “Fermanagh”
Model of the “Fermanagh”
Bradley Wurth

The company Beyer, Peacock & Co. had delivered locomotives of this type to the South Australian Railways as class K from 1879, which were also designed for lightly built routes. So they ordered two locomotives with the names “Fermanagh” and “Leitrim”, which were basically an enlarged class K. Since these proved themselves, three more examples followed by 1899, named “Lurganboy”, “Lissadell” and “Hazelwood”. The first of these locomotives, now known as the Leitrim class, were not retired until 1947 and one remained in service until 1957, when the SL&NCR ceased operations.

General
Built1882-1899
ManufacturerBeyer, Peacock & Co.
Axle config0-6-4T 
Gauge5 ft 3 in (Irish broad gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase23 ft 3 in
Fixed wheelbase11 ft 0 1/2 in
Service weight96,208 lbs
Adhesive weight60,032 lbs
Water capacity1,729 us gal
Fuel capacity4,032 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power275 hp (205 kW)
Optimal speed16 mph
Starting effort10,744 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter56 in
Boiler pressure130 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 16 1/2 x 20 in
Boiler
Grate area14.9 sq ft
Firebox area75.8 sq ft
Tube heating area897.2 sq ft
Evaporative heating area973 sq ft
Total heating area973 sq ft
Calculated Values
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