An Elusive 0-4-0T in Belgium

22 Sep

Etterbeek Station is a railway station in suburban Brussels, Belgium. For many years a narrow gauge (600mm) 0-4-0WT was preserved on the platform of this station. The locomotive was complete, and displayed on a short length of track. Chris West, a contributor to Nieuwsbrief Issue No. 46 of June 2003 described visiting the stationin April of 2003 and discovering that the locomotive was no longer present, though the trackage was.

He writes:

The exact history of the locomotive is not known with certainty, but by the mid-1920s, it was in Belgium and at work on the construction of the Brussels – Charleroi canal.  It was purchased for preservation in the late 1960’s by a Brussels watchmaker from the yards of Ponts, Tunnels & Terrassements S.A. at Lembeek.  At first stored at the Scepdaal Museum, by 1972 it had moved to Etterbeek.

We have recorded this locomotive as Krauss (Munich) 4018 of 1904.

Chris West continues to analyze this locomotive with information from a visit in the early 2000’s.

The locomotive is generally recorded as Krauss (Munich) 4018/1904.  It carries two plates on the boiler back head; one shows ‘Maffei 2061 10K’, the other ‘Brabant No. 1861’.  In the published Krauss works list 4018 is a 600 mm gauge 0-4-0T delivered to Schramm & Kraus, München in 1900.  Maffei 2061 was a standard gauge 2-6-0, used in Bavaria, so the plate must refer to a separate series for boilers.  The second boilerplate is believed to show the boiler registration number.
When I checked the locomotive’s motion I found the number 2842 in two places.  Maffei 2842 was a 600 mm 0-4-0T ordered in 1908 by Leipziger & Co., Köln for Kaiser & Schorr, Beilingries.  From this I deduce the locomotive is Maffei 2842, carrying boiler 2061, and possibly incorporating some parts of Krauss 4018.

Any further information about this locomotive would be greatly appreciated.


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