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Featuring photos and information of interesting locomotives brought to our attention

A Memorial to the Heroes of Kruty

In 2006, the citizens of Kiev and surrounding areas dedicated a memorial, near Kruty station to the Heroes of Kruty. Before we discuss these heroes, please note the nice photo of the memorial:

Photo Copyright © parovoz.com

That is a Soviet-era 0-10-0 built in 1954. Bear that in mind as we learn about the Heroes of Kruty.

The Battle of Kruty took place on January 29 or 30, 1918, near Kruty railway station, about 130 kilometres northeast of Kiev, Ukraine, which at the time was part of Nezhinsky Uyezd of Chernigov Governorate. 400 Ukrainian cadets opposed at Bolshevik force of about 4000 men. Armored trains were a part of the battle on both sides.

The result of the battle? Strategic Ukrainian People’s Republic victory, capture of Kiev delayed and enabled the Ukrainian government to conclude the Peace Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.

The organizers of the memorial had wanted to include a period locomotive at the head of an armored train typical of the period. Such a locomotive was not available and Ukrainian Railways kindly provided Er799-13 as a stand in. The irony of using a Soviet-era locomotive to commemorate a Bolshevik setback at the end of the Civil War is simply delicious.

 

The Peculiarities of Locomotive Numbers

Below, you’ll see a perfectly nice photograph of SZD 0-10-0 No. Er766-41 performing switching duties at the Museum of Railway Transport in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Image Source on Dmitri Zinoviev’s parovoz.com
But, “Wait!” I hear the eagle-eyed among you say. “That’s Er786-19, it says so clearly on the tender.” And therein lies the nuisance. Unlike practices in other parts of the world, in Russia, tenders are usually lettered prominently for the locomotive with which they were constructed. So this is, indeed Er766-41 dragging around the tender from Er766-19.

In times past, I fell into the trap of placing a photo with the record for the number on the tender (usually when I couldn’t see the number on the locomotive). After getting verbally thrashed over this a couple of times, I’m much more careful now. And I also thought a small explanation would be useful. And I liked the photo we’ve linked to here.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2017 in Interesting Locomotives

 

Operational Steam at Umekoji, Japan

The Umekoji Depot Museum (now known as the Kyoto Railroad Museum) has long been home to operational steam. I had been unaware as to how much of their collection was operational until a recent Note from a site visitor (Yuki Taki) that outlined their status.

Locomotives in Japan can be operational, but not certified for mainline use. At Umekoji we have the following locomotives:

JNR 4-6-4 No. C62-2 Operational, Not Certified for Mainline Use
JNR 4-6-4 C61-2 Operational, Not Certified for Mainline Use
JNR 4-6-2 No. C57-1 Operational, Not Certified for Mainline Use
JNR 2-6-0 No. C56-160 Operational, Certified for Mainline Use
JNR 2-8-2 No. D51-200 Operational, Certified for Mainline Use
JNR 2-6-0 No. 8630 Operational, Not Certified for Mainline Use
JNR 0-4-0T No. B20-10 Operational, Not Certified for Mainline Use

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2017 in Interesting Locomotives

 

An Operational 2-6-0 In Japan

Japanese National Railways (JNR) 2-6-0 No. 8630 became operational at the Umekoji Museum Depot in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Site visitor Yuki Taki recently provided some interesting details about this locomotive.

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Copyright © Hahifuheho

Site visitor Yuki Taki provided some interesting background informatoin about this locomotive.

8630 is operational, albeit only within the Umekouji Depot premises. She is an unusual loco in Japan, in that she is equipped with a bell (just between her steam and sand domes). Also interesting to note that this locomotive belongs in the first batch of 52 Class 8620 2-6-0s introduced in 1914, which means that as-delivered, her running boards were not divided into two stages and she would have had the earlier, less sharply curved cab. Her cab and running boards are speculated to have been replaced by that of a retired member of her class at some point in her career.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2017 in Interesting Locomotives

 

An 0-10-0 That Isn’t (Anymore)

In the course of running this website, I’ve encountered steam locomotives that have come to odd places at the end of their lives. In South American there’s a locomotive that has been converted into a very large pizza oven. And in Russia there are a couple of 2-10-0s that have been shortened to their smokeboxes, and pilot truck and displayed in parks emerging from pseudo-tunnels or in one case a simple brick wall.

So it was, long before I’d seen a photo of this locomotive, I received the following description of it:

Er762-27 the middle part of the boiler was disposed of, the firebox was attached to the smokebox and used as a incinerator unit on 4 wheels from the 0-10-0 cut down frames.

I shrugged my shoulders, and said to myself, “Well that’s odd.” And thought little of it, until I encountered this image from Dmitri Zinoviev’s wonderful website, http://www.parovoz.com.


Copyright © Dimitri Zakutnyaya

It is precisely what it looks like: a mobile incinerator on four wheels. The smoke box has been grafted directly to the firebox, and comments on parovoz.com indicate that this is precisely what this contraption was used for.

This is SZD 0-10-0 No. Er762-27 last noted in 2007 in Isakogorka, Archangelsk Region, Russia. Our page for this locomotive is Er762-27

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2017 in Interesting Locomotives

 

Chinese Narrow Gauge in Wales!

Beijing Capital Steel & Chemical 0-8-0 No. 4 “Dahuichang” has found a new home on the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, Caernarfonshire, UK. uk1620

Photo Copyright © Steve Frost

This locomotive was built in 1988 by the Harbin Locomotive Works as a C2 Class 0-8-0. The locomotive was imported into the UK in 2007 from China where it worked on a 2 km long line linking the works with a limestone quarry. The locomotive was initially stored at the Ffestiniog’s Boston Lodge Works.

A rebuild was begun in 2013 with the aim of returning the locomotive to service. It would be necessary to re-gauge the locomotive as there are no 750mm gauge lines in the UK. The frame is being narrowed and the wheels regauged to run on the Ffestiniog’s 1 foot 11 3/4″ trackage.

In April of 2017 the restoration was at a halfway point. It is hoped that restoration will progress to the point where the locomotive can be displayed at the Ffestiniog’s Railway Quirks & Curiosities II Gala at the end of April.

 
 

A Newly Discovered Alco!

Engine 1 Medellin 2017-06-26-1 Tom GearsTom Gears, a frequent visitor to our site and a moderator of Railway Preservation News (rypn.org) discovered a 1909 Alco that was not in our database, nor on our website. He was kind enough to provide us with details of the locomotive and several excellent photographs and it has since been added to our site. It is located in Medellin, Columbia in Cisneros Plaza across from the former Medellin Railway Station. Our page for this locomotive is http://www.steamlocomotive.info/vlocomotive.cfm?display=28055

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2017 in Interesting Locomotives