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Lombardo-Venetian and Central Italian Railway Company No. 1 to 50
Austrian Southern Railway class 1, Rete Mediterranea No. 511 to 518, Rete Adriatica No. 31 to 52 and Italian State Railway class 102
Austria | 1857 | 50 produced
No. 1 “Cerere”
No. 1 “Cerere”

Robert Stephenson & Co. delivered a total of 50 2-2-2 express locomotives to the “Lombardisch-venetianische und central-italenische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft” (LVCI) in 1857 and 1858. These were largely identical in design to numbers 155 to 164, which had been supplied by Beyer-Peacock. Shortly afterwards, the newly founded Südbahn took over 15 of them and placed them in class 1.

RA No. 1108, ex No. 39 “Cometa”, after being rebuilt as 2-4-0
RA No. 1108, ex No. 39 “Cometa”, after being rebuilt as 2-4-0
Locomotive Magazine, September 1909

After Austria-Hungary lost control of Veneto and Lombardy in 1866, the LVCI locomotives went to the Strade Ferrate Alta Italia (SFAI). In 1885 they were divided into eight in the Rete Mediterranea and 22 in the Rete Adriatica. Eleven that came to the RA had recently been rebuilt to the 2-4-0 wheel arrangement. When the Italian State Railways (FS) was founded in 1905, there were still four of them, which were classified in the class 102, some of which survived until 1908.

ManufacturerRobert Stephenson & Co.
Axle config2-2-2 (Jenny Lind) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length loco24 ft 6 3/8 in
Wheelbase15 ft 0 in
Fixed wheelbase15 ft 0 in
Empty weight55,226 lbs
Service weight60,848 lbs
Adhesive weight29,101 lbs
Axle load29,101 lbs
Fuel capacitycoal
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power215 hp (160 kW)
Optimal speed28 mph
Starting effort4,956 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter74 in
Boiler pressure87 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 15 3/4 x 20 in
Grate area13.7 sq ft
Firebox area80 sq ft
Tube heating area992.6 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,072.6 sq ft
Total heating area1,072.6 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
last changed: 03/2024

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