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Bavarian P 3/5 H
German Reichsbahn class 384
Germany | 1921 | 80 produced
Die Lokomotive, September 1910

The P 3/5 H was a passenger locomotive that was ordered by the Bavarian Group Administration shortly after the Reichsbahn was founded. Since there was no final class scheme at that time, the locomotives were given a Bavarian designation for the time being. In 1925 they became the class 384, the 80 examples built were numbered 38 401 to 38 480.

The basis of the development was the P 3/5 N, which already had a four-cylinder compound engine, but was only designed to use saturated steam. The chassis was adopted almost unchanged, but slightly larger cylinders and a larger boiler with a superheater were installed. In addition, there was a more spacious cab, as was the state of the art at this time. Despite the same top speed, the power and economy increased, and a larger tender also further increased the range. So it turned out that these locomotives, which were actually only developed for normal passenger trains, were even used in front of express trains. From 1924 all surviving P 3/5 N were rebuilt to a superheated P 3/5 H.

Schematic drawing with dimensions
Schematic drawing with dimensions
Die Lokomotive, September 1910

Like their predecessors from Bavaria, all P 3/5 H received a green paint finish ex works. Although the repainting took place in 1925, not all locomotives could be repainted directly to the new color scheme. It was not until around 1930 that some were given the new black and red color scheme as part of a general inspection. Fortunately, all of the P 3/5 H survived the Second World War. After the end of the war, they were all on the territory of what later became the Bundesbahn, as they were mainly used in the Bavarian area. The rest of their life their working area didn't change either. The 38 432 was the last to be retired in 1955.

Axle config4-6-0 (Ten-wheeler) 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length63 ft 9 5/16 in
Wheelbase26 ft 8 7/8 in
Fixed wheelbase12 ft 2 7/8 in
Total wheelbase54 ft 5 9/16 in
Empty weight144,844 lbs
Service weight158,953 lbs
Adhesive weight103,838 lbs
Axle load34,613 lbs
Water capacity5,759 us gal
Fuel capacity17,637 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Indicated power1,184 hp (883 kW)
Optimal speed36 mph
Top speed56 mph
Starting effort21,131 lbf
with start valve25,357 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter64.6 in
Boiler pressure218 psi
Expansion typecompound
Cylindersfour, HP: 14 3/16 x 25 3/16 in
and LP: 23 1/4 x 25 3/16 in
Grate area29.8 sq ft
Firebox area139.9 sq ft
Tube heating area1,536 sq ft
Evaporative heating area1,675.9 sq ft
Superheater area375.9 sq ft
Total heating area2,051.8 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
Von Borries compound
last changed: 01/2022

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