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E Class Double Fairlie
CLASS  E    0-4-4-0 T

Introduced: 1875 Number in Class: 8

E Class Register

Locomotive Specifications

  1.   Avonside Engine Co., Bristol, England (6)
  2.   Vulcan Foundry Ltd., Newton-le-Willows, England (2)

Engine Weight:    
34.0 tons
Tender Weight:     Total Weight:    34.0 tons Adhesive Weight:    
34.0 tons
Length over Buffers:    
34' 1"
Total Wheelbase:    21' 5" Engine Wheelbase:    21' 5" Coupled Wheelbase:    
5' 0"
Tender Wheelbase:     Driver Wheel Dia.:    39" Cylinders HP:    
Four - 10" x 18"
Cylinders LP:    
Grate Area:    15.8 sq ft Evaporative Area:    
847 sq ft
Superheated Area:     Working Pressure:    
130 psig
Tractive Effort:    
9600 lbs f
Coal Capacity:    1.3 tons Oil Capacity:     Water Capacity:    
900 gals

Remarks:     Four-cylinder Double Fairlie type. Introduced for working sections of line with steep grades and sharp curves. They were originally built for service in Otago, but were allocated to the Wanganui section, where there were ruling grades of 1 in 35 and curves of 5 chains. Like their predecessors, they suffered mechanical ailments which stemmed from the peculiarities of the design. The steam bogies proved an endless worry because of the difficulty of keeping the flexible steam pipes thoroughly tight. The image above, shows the original balloon stacks, later replaced by stovepipe funnels

Preserved Locomotive
  Otago Settlers Museum,    Dunedin -     E 175,     Vulcan #637/1872   "Josephine" on Display