Order No. 7943 was the first
order from Malta Railways for a metre gauge 2-6-4 tank engine
works progressive No. 3678 supplied in 1895. Three further orders
followed for 2-6-4 tank engines to a similar design as the first
engine: order No 8071 WP No. 3852, order No 8531 WP No. 4163
and finally order No. 9373 WP No. 4719. The first engine cost
£1740 and the last £1979. The engines were numbered
No. 7 - 10.
The driving wheel were 3'
31/8" in dia.and the external cylinder 14.5" dia x
20" stroke with a boiler pressure 150 psi. All the engines
were the same except the last which had a cylinder stroke of
Locomotive weight full: 35 tons 11 cwt 0 qrts. Empty: 27 tons
11 cwt 1 qrts
Heating surfaces: Tubes 641 sq ft. Firebox 57.5 sq ft. Total
698.7 sq ft.
The order book lists "
One 12 wheeled Double Bogie Tank Engine 2-6-4T order No 7943
works progressive No 3678 to be similar to order No 7655 WP 3531
& 3532 October 27 1892 for two engines for the Minas &
Rio Railway, Brazil, with certain alterations to Cylinders &
Coupled wheels. The Cowcatcher & Steam sanding not wanted.
The Malta Railway closed in
1931. Attempts to sell the engines did not find any buyers and
the engine were sold for scrap in 1932/3 to Italy.